Steamboat Magic Festival Colorado

steamboat-magic-festival I will be performing with some of my favorite magicians this Thursday September 22 to Saturday September 24th in Steamboat Colorado.

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From Steamboat Today Newspaper:

Steamboat Springs — When asked how Las Vegas magic show venues compare with the Steamboat Springs’ Chief Theater, nationally acclaimed magician Jon Armstrong responded that “in Vegas there are tons of shows. Here it’s nice to be someplace where you’re appreciated” in a smaller setting.

Armstrong added it’s that intimacy that makes the upcoming Chief Theater’s Steamboat is Magic! Festival so special. The much-anticipated event, which features four of the magic industry’s hottest performers, takes place Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24 at the local theatre.

Steamboat is Magic! Festival schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 22

7 p.m. — Magic Gold Pass Event (Gold Pass holders only)

Friday, Sept. 23

6 p.m. — Magic and fun with Nick Paul

8 p.m. — An Evening of Zabrecky

Saturday, Sept. 24

3 p.m. — Family Show with Chris Capehart

4:30 p.m. — Close Up Experience (Gold Pass holders only)

6 p.m. — The Jon Armstrong Magic Hour

8 p.m. — Gala Show and Closing Party

Gold Pass patrons begin their magical weekend at 7 p.m. Thursday with an evening reception in the smaller, more intimate space within the Chief Theater known as “The Black Box.” There, magic lovers of all ages can meet the magicians and find out more about how they shape their craft.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with free food and drink provided by the event’s sponsors, Alpine Bank and Four Points Surveying and Engineering.

Chief Theater Executive Director Scott Parker calls the event “Steamboat’s Magic Festival 2.0.”

Tickets for individual performances are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The Gold Pass is available for $75 for adults and $60 for students. Gold Pass holders will have access to all shows plus two exclusive and private events with the magicians.

Parker said the magic show contributes nicely to the “eclectic mix of programming” the Chief Theater strives to offer.

“Magic is a live medium best experienced up-close in a live setting,” said Armstrong, one of the four visiting magicians.

He added that observers “can be there in the moment,” rather than watching magic on a screen or on TV.  The live experience is “where magic really shines,” he said. “It gives you the opportunity to see it up close” and experience it “in your own hands.”

This is Armstrong’s third time performing in Steamboat. He said this year’s show will present “four points of view — four different ways to look at magic and to perform.”

From card tricks to mind reading, from the strangely funny to the silently comic, Armstrong said each magician brings his special approach to the art.

“The festival itself is a showcase for really interesting different magicians,” said Armstrong.

He pointed to fellow magician Chris Capehart as an example.

“Chris is a talented performer — acerbic and hilarious at the same,” Armstrong said, noting that Capehart uses his quick verbal skills, sharpened on the streets of New York City, “to get his magic across.”

Rob Zabrecky on the other hand is “so much fun” to watch, said Armstrong.

Zabrecky’s performance is recommended for ages 18 and over.

“Not every show is for all ages,” Parker said.

Zabrecky’s craft is darker, “creepily funny,” Armstrong added.

Magician Nick Paul is recommended for the 10-and-up crowd. His performance begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and is a combination of silent comedy, magic, mind reading and audience participation.

There is plenty of magic for the youngest crowd, as well.

“The afternoon show on Saturday is geared toward children,” Armstrong said. “We will pack as many kids in the front” of the theater as possible.  The Saturday afternoon show begins at 3 p.m. and features Capehart’s comedic and energetic delivery of his three-ring routine.

“All of the shows are going to be a lot of fun,” said Armstrong.

A final show will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. At this performance, all four magicians will display their talents with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. An opportunity to meet and visit with the magicians will occur after the final show.