Each June hundreds of high school graduates are wowed by grad party magician Jeff Evans. Treat your graduate to an experience of wonder and clean comedy they’ll talk about long afterwards. Availability is very limited as most graduations are packed into a two-week period in early June.
“Jeff was great! Would definitely recommend him. In fact, next year’s room parents have already expressed an interest in Jeff for Grad Night! He was a pleasure to work with and the girls really enjoyed the show!” -Stephanie Nicols, Forest Ridge High School grad night committee
It happens each year in early June. I transform into a zombie, becoming a creature of the night and desperately seeking to sleep when the sun rises. It’s the return of… HIGH SCHOOL GRAD PARTIES! And, I have to say that high school grads are some of the most fun audiences to perform for anywhere! Everyone is in a party mood and there to have fun. They all know each other and have four or eight or more years of inside jokes to sling at each other.
Some high schools book me year-after-year and it’s as much a tradition for me as it is for the school. I am super impressed with how much work the parents put into making this event a huge success for their kids.
I was thrilled to recognize several of the people and businesses included in this article. I’ve purchased several items from Captain Little to use as props and materials for my themed magic shows. Shipwreck Beads is an incredible place for crafty people. (I imagine business is going great for them, as people during the pandemic are doing more projects like this. They also have a huge online business, which is a plus.) Joy Ride Bicycles has super people and have helped me with parts, tune-ups, and bike purchases for over fifteen years.
Here’s a fun story: in 2000 Mary-Ellen’s son, Kosta, attended South Bay Elementary. She hired me to instruct a series of after-school enrichment magic workshops. Twelve years after that, our paths crossed again when Kosta and I both raced cyclocross (though in different categories – he’s way faster than me). Mary-Ellen’s husband, Greg, have frequently done yoga at the gym together. It’s wonderful being connected to people for over two decades like this!
If you are planning a pand-EPIC holiday party for your associates or friends and family, consider adding my socially-distanced, hand-washed, santa-tized Zoom Holiday Magic Show. Call me in Olympia toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com for availability and prices.
This isn’t your normal holiday season, so there will be no Santa Breakfasts, Festival of Lights, or numerous celebrations for the holidays where I’m performing. However, there are several opportunities for you to see me from the comfort of… well, where you are right now – your phone, tablet, computer, or holographic-whatever!
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 3:00 pm: See my Amazing Magic Show via Zoom for the Klamath County Library District. This is part of their Winter Performance Series and, for a first, this is a library that I’ve never performed for in real-life. It was recently featured in an article in The Herald and News. Register through the library’s website.
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:00 pm: The Salem Public Library wanted something fun for families during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and a little magic seemed perfect! I’m predicting a big turnout for this Zoom program. Register to attend for free at the library’s website.
Of course, I’m also doing several other virtual events for schools, private parties, and corporate clients, but those are all… well, none of your business 🙂 If you’re looking for a wonderful gift for your staff, associates, or friends and family, my Zoom Holiday Magic Show is just the ticket! Call toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com to check on availability and pricing.
In the meantime, I wish you a hand-washed, socially-distanced, face-covered, warm-hearted Happy Holidays!
Summer is usually packed with festivals and events. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus nearly all public events were cancelled for the summer of 2020 which left event organizers scrambling. Many opted to hold some sort of virtual edition of their fair or festival.
Virtual magician Jeff Evans presented his magic show for the Northwest Washington Fair and the Pacific County Fair. He was scheduled to perform live at both events, but jumped at the chance to bring the magic direct to Fair patrons and supporters via Zoom.
Perhaps the best thing about virtual shows is that your audience can be anywhere they have a internet access. For more details on bringing virtual magician Jeff Evans to your fair or festival, call toll-free (877) 412-5064 or send e-mail to jeff[at]amazementproductions.com.
Jeff Evans visited the Philippines to attend the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians convention. The convention was held in Manila, but the morning after the convention Jeff was on a small jet for the rural island of Palawan.
The purpose was simply to play tourist: diving, snorkeling, island hopping, and having an authentic experience in the beautiful Philippines. But being a magician is like having a super power: everyone loves the feeling of amazement, and Jeff made it a point to perform for each of the host families at the three airbnbs where he stayed and for the crew and fellow passengers on the island hopping tour.
“I brought some magic props with me for a couple of reasons; first, I knew I’d have some free time and practicing magic is how I like to spend my time. But I also really wanted to perform magic for the people that I met while traveling. It was definitely the right decision: magic is universal, and even though many of the people I met and performed for spoke very little English, there was never a problem communicating with them when performing magic. The art of magic works in all languages and cultures.”
Jeff spent time in Coron, where he made six scuba dives to Japanese vessels that were sunk the end of World War II by United States Navy. After that he joined the Tao Philippines island hopping tour: five days spent on different islands. The crew provided fresh, delicious meals and snacks each day. Each evening was spent on a bamboo hut on a different island. During the day the ship would sail to different locations for snorkeling, visiting local villages, or for exploring pristine, deserted beaches. The cruise ended up in El Nido. After one day outside of El Nido, Jeff traveled south to Sabang and the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park.
The real magic of the Philippines isn’t a card trick. It isn’t a fresh coconut, or sandy beach, or colorful coral. The real magic were the wonderful, friendly Filipinos who were happy to help, fun to be around, incredibly hard-working, and super-friendly. Salamat!
Magic Tricks and Secrets LIVE Virtual Magic Workshops
Jeff Evans has been instructing magic workshops through the City of Lacey and City of Tumwater Parks and Recreation Departments since 1995. In 2005, along with George Ford, he created the Magic Tricks and Secrets video course in magic. During this time he has personally introduced thousands of kids – and dozens of adults – to the art of magic.
In April 2020 he debuted his virtual magic workshops through Zoom.
“My sons (ages 10 & 11) really enjoyed the Magic Tricks and Secrets class that was offered virtually in April/May. Jeff did a fantastic job of keeping the kids engaged and talking them through the step-by-step process of how to do the tricks. My boys looked forward to the class each week… Such a great class to do right from our home.” -Kirsten Blood, Olympia
“My mind was blown by the tricks! He explained them well so I could learn them and perform them myself.” -Jayden, student
“Maxxum loves it! And he FaceTimed a bunch of family after to show his new tricks! Thank you so much and we signed up for your next session too.” -Laura Norleen, Alberta, Canada
As I’m writing this post, schools throughout the nation – and many around the globe – are closed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. As such, kids suddenly find themselves at home with a ton of unexpected free time. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn the art of magic.
A number of years ago I created the Magic Tricks and Secrets video course in magic. There are two volumes; volume 2 is currently sold out, but volume 1 is ready to be shipped. Regular price through my website is $14.95 + shipping/handling, but I want to make it even more affordable to get it into the hands of kids and families quarantined at home or practicing social distancing. Your special price is just $11.95 + $3 shipping/handling, and most orders ship next business day. This is a limited-time offer while Washington state schools are cancelled for the coronavirus, so order yours today!
“I love magic, but I’m a not a kid anymore.” That’s OK – magic is for all ages! I chose these particular effects because they’re easy to learn and perform, but they work if you’re looking for a fun trick to show the guys and gals at the office, too.
If you’re not already, find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @jeffevansmagic. Stay healthy, and enjoy sharing the art of magic with a friend!