Where would you expect to find a week-long celebration of the art of magic, Las Vegas or Los Angeles? Surprisingly, it’s held in the beautiful tourist destination of Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. The 3rd annual Festival of Magic includes a performance featuring a different guest performer each evening in the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Washington magicians featured this year included Steve the Pretty Good (Steve Hamilton, who is excellent), Joe Black (magician and hypnotist), and me.
This was spring break for students in the area, so a Magic Camp hosted by Dan “the Magic Man” Roberson were held each morning for kids ages 8 to 18. I stopped by to talk with the campers about how I got started in magic and performed and taught a magic trick.
A tip of the magic top hat to Lincoln City Cultural Director Niki Price, emcee and entertainment coordinator Laura Green, audio/lighting tech Jeff, Dan “the Magic Man” Roberson, and the volunteers who helped with concession sales, tickets, and seating. Laura Green “The Juggling Queen” is an experienced performer and long-time member of the International Juggler’s Association. I’ve read her articles in JUGGLE magazine, and she told me some fun juggling stories about characters she has worked with and seen over the years.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center is much more than magic! Check them out for their latest productions when you’re beach combing the coast of central Oregon or trying your luck at the Chinook Winds Casino.