Tag: Jon Armstrong

Jon Anderson,Taylor Hughes and Shawn Preston Head Steamboat Magic Fest

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a wonderful and beautiful place in and of itself but every year, it becomes more than that.  It becomes magical.

This is the fifth year of the Steamboat is Magic! Festival and by our calculation that makes it the Fifth Anniversary of the Fest.  The town and folks with in range of the paradise that is Steamboat are encouraged to visit the Chief Theater on Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14.  Again, by our calculations, that this this weekend.

“This is one of my favorite events each year,” said Scott Parker, executive director of the Chief Theater.

The theater has hosted magic since 1938 when Marquis, then a “world-renowned magician” entertained the town.

Inside Magic Favorite Jon Armstrong (and fellow Orlando resident) has brought his magic to 40 countries and is a favorite at the Magic Castle here in Hollywood, California (near Los Angeles, under the big “Hollywood” sign).

Here are the details:

When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 — Jon Armstrong; 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 — Magic Workshop; 6 p.m. — Family Show with Taylor Hughes; 8 p.m. — Shawn Preston, Closing Gala

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Cost: Individual tickets $15 for adults, $10 for children; Magic Pass for access to all four shows and workshop $60 for adults, $40 for children

“The festival in Steamboat is always awesome,” Armstrong said. “I’m so happy to return for another year.”

The festival has been very popular in past years,” he said. “This year, we’re doing cards, mind reading, magic with regular objects, magical story telling and disappearing acts.”

Read the entire article here and be sure to attend if you can.  It will be magical.

 

What If There Was No Magic Castle?

Some famous person spoke about the dark night of the soul. We think it was a religious text about doubt – the kind of doubt that comes in the darkest hours when one realizes their whole understanding of everything could be wrong. It seems like a neat literary device but one that would make a horrible Broadway musical; unless it involved puppets or something.

But we had our dark night of the soul last night thinking about what Los Angeles would be without The Magic Castle. Our reading of some of the latest science journals (found at our pet’s orthodontist office here in West Hollywood) confirms that there can be infinite parallel universes and that the one in which we are now confined is just one. In the other universes, we were never born, we were born into royalty, and we never signed up for the Columbia Record Club at the age of 18 and were thus free from the years of forced purchases of second-rate vinyl albums to make up for our impulse buy of 20 records for one penny in 1988. The last one alone would have saved us about $55,000.00.

So, it is entirely possible that The Magic Castle could not exist. What would that mean? What else would Los Angeles or even California have to offer? What? Water – there is some on the East Coast of the U.S. and plenty in the Great Lakes Region from whence we come. Sunshine – okay, there is more of it here than in Michigan but is that enough? Jack-in-the-Box and In-and-Out Burger restaurants – big draw before our second angioplasty / stenting (if that is a verb) but we do not care about them so much any longer.

Basically, without The Magic Castle, Los Angeles is just a big city with nearby water, sunshine and incredibly tasty but unhealthy hamburgers. Others may know of things that we have missed – we heard there are mountains and non-magic cultural events and apparently some film studios have offices nearby but we haven’t really explored beyond The Magic Castle.

Without The Magic Castle, we would never get to see incredible shows like John Carney, Dana Daniels, Lindsay Benner and Jon Armstrong – and that was just in the last week.

We would never hear great interviews on topics of interest to us by Fitzgerald in his Who’s Hoo series. This week he interviewed world-famous ventriloquist team Willie Tyler & Lester and Castle Librarian Lisa Cousins.

We would never have discovered the great joy of performing in The Gallery and Hat & Hare for audiences that came to see magic.

Fortunately, in this universe and at this time, there is The Magic Castle. We cannot imagine what life or the western United States would be like without it. We tried to ease our mind and fall back to sleep but remembered we were actually driving at the time – but fortunately, we were in a traffic jam so our car wasn’t moving.