What happens when a few hundred magicians from all part of the country (and Europe) invade the quiet town of Fort Collins, Colorado? It’s a weekend filled with wonder and mystery… and lots of laughs. The stage is set for September 10-13, 2009 when nearly 300 magicians will converge on Fort Collins for an annual magic convention, Magic in the Rockies at the Fort Collins Marriott. This is a special event for me because of my background growing up in a family of professional magicians. It’s also interesting to see how many people who attend the convention come from a science and engineering background. For many of these magicians, practicing the art of magic and entertainment is just a hobby or a diversion from their day to day career. However, the convention also attracts its fair share of working professionals who break away from their normal show in Vegas or wherever to spend time with other people who share their same love and appreciation for the art.
On Friday, September 11th, I’m honored to once again emcee the Junior Magician’s Showcase, a special show presented to over a 1,000 elementary school students from the Poudre School District. The magic show features junior magicians (from age 7-18) who are excited to perform on the Lincoln Center stage in front of a huge audience.
Although the convention, now in its 16th year, is strictly for magicians, there are several events open to the general public. A public magic show is scheduled for 7:30 PM, Saturday night, September 12, at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center, featuring some of the world’s greatest magicians who are in Fort Collins to headline the convention. Ticket prices have been rolled-back this year with the least expensive tickets priced at five dollars and ten dollars. Headliners for this show are, Wayne Dobson, David Williamson, Charlie Frye & Company, Arthur Trace, Joe Givan & Carol Massie/The Dream Masterz, and Leland Faulkner. Tickets are now on sale through the Lincoln Center Box Office, 221-6730
Wayne Dobson (all the way from the UK) has been a star on British television since he was a teenager. In 1988, he was diagnosed with MS. Wayne continued to perform and he has become an inspiration to the more than 100,000 people in Great Britain that suffer from MS.
Prior to the Saturday night show, there will be a free magic show Wednesday night, September 9, in Fort Collins’ Old Town Square, starting at 5 PM. At 6 o’clock, Master Escape Artist Sir Mark Logsdon will attempt three different escapes that were performed by Harry Houdini, but Logsdon will attempt these three escapes simultaneously. Two years ago in Old Town Square, Logsdon barely escaped while locked in a giant milk can filled with water.
Magic in the Rockies, which attracts magicians from all over the world, is presented by The Presto-Digitators, Ring 250 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, a local magic club since 1979.