2017: A new kind of Magic Festival comes to Colon, MI, brought to you by IBM Ring 386!
Colon, Michigan, with a population of just 1200 people, is widely recognized as the Magic Capital of the World. It all started in the midst of the Roaring Twenties when already world-famous stage magician Harry Blackstone bought a 208-acre farm on Sturgeon Lake. Blackstone became Colon’s most famous resident and called it home until he finally moved to California in 1949 for health reasons. His son, Harry Blackstone Jr., was raised in Colon and eventually became even more famous than his father.
Colon’s reputation as a magic mecca was further cemented when Percy Abbott visited Blackstone in 1927, married a local girl soon after, and eventually founded Abbott’s Magic Novelty Company in 1933. Abbott’s quickly became the largest and most predominant supplier of magic in the world. In 1934 Abbott sponsored the first “Magic Get-together.” And, more than eighty years later, the Get-Together in August is still the cornerstone of the Colon year.
Still, the little village of Colon isn’t the Magic Capital just one week out of the year. There are ample opportunities for people to experience the magic from early spring, all summer and fall, and even into the early winter months.
What is “31 Flavors of Magic?”
31 Flavors of Magic, held in early April, is a unique all-day event featuring almost every possible variant of magic imaginable. (Almost? Yea, we’re still trying to dock a big passenger liner in Palmer Lake so we can host some Cruise Ship magic. Maybe next year.)
During 31 Flavors of Magic, the entire village of Colon (all two or three blocks of it) will become our Midway of Magic, with each location and storefront hosting its own taste of mystery. All of the restaurants, all of the bars, all of the magic shops, will be participating. Visitors can enjoy close-up magic, parlor magic, stage, mentalism, street performers, and kids’ shows simply by walking out one door and into another.
Participating shops for 2017 include:
- Abbott’s Magic Company
- Sterlini Magic Company
- FAB Magic Company
- Colon Township Library
- Curly’s Bar & Grill
- American Legion
- Dawn & Phil’s Restaurant
- Five Star Pizza
- M&M Grill
- Colon Methodist Church
You probably won’t be able to see everything there is to see on Colon’s Midway of Magic. But you’ll have six hours to try. Get your tickets today!
Colon’s Midway of Magic
What is Close-up Magic?
There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the impossible happen just inches in front of your own eyes. Or, often, right in your very own hands. That’s close-up magic at its best.
Many of the most famous magicians in the world got their start by first performing in restaurants. During 31 Flavors of Magic, you’ll find our magicians going table-to-table at our local eateries as you enjoy lunch, dinner, or just a tasty ice cream sundae.
In the tradition of famous performers like Scotty York and Doc Eason, Bar Magic is close-up with a bit of an edge. It’s frequently a little more adult oriented, usually involves a lot of humor, and always leaves people scratching their heads in wonder.
What is Parlor Magic?
Parlor Magic, sometimes called Chamber or Cabaret Magic, harkens back to the turn of the Nineteenth Century when magicians were frequently called upon to perform in the homes of wealthy patrons — in their parlors, of course. The props are smaller, and so too is the audience, resulting in an intimacy difficult to attain on a large stage. These shows are usually very interactive and there’s a good chance you’ll be asked to help with a trick or two.
Abbott’s Parlor Show
Combine fun and funny with a little history of an 80-year-old tradition and you’ll find yourself amazed, amused and edified by Abbott’s resident magicians. That creaking you hear when you walk across the floor? That could be the spirits of some of the most famous magicians in the world who also walked those same wooden boards.
FAB Parlor Show
Riley the Rabbit will have the kids and the grown-ups screaming with laughter and yelling for More. Even though the magic will mystify you, you’ll very quickly realize it’s just a vehicle for a half hour or so of very intense FUN.
The human mind is an untapped reservoir of explosive power. Mentalism is a performing art in which its practitioners, known as mentalists, demonstrate highly developed mental or intuitive abilities. Be prepared to experience the impossible, including telepathy, clairvoyance, divination, precognition, psychokinesis, and mind control. Be prepared . . . to be convinced.
While the kids will enjoy almost any of our magic shows, this particular one was designed especially for people who still express their age with the fingers on one or two hands. They’ll be fooled (even when they think they weren’t), but more importantly they’ll be highly entertained. More than any other, this show is about having FUN.
EVERY magic show tells a story, but some are clearly more explicit than others. Gospel Magic uses illusion and sleight-of-hand to help illustrate biblical truths. It can take many forms, from mind reading to manipulation, from card tricks to big illusions. Modern Gospel Magic dates as far back as the mid-eighteen hundreds, when Catholic priest Giovanni Melchiorre Bosco (1815-1888) first used magic tricks to help instruct children and youth.
What are Street Performers?
Our Street Performers, sometimes called Buskers, will be working the sidewalks throughout the day, trying to catch your attention with their very flashy magic. Street magic is usually fast paced and very visual. It’s an intense kind of magic, not easily forgotten.
Describe your Stage Show?
Take a high stage with dramatic lights and awesome sound, add a few big illusions and some awe inspiring manipulation magic, and you’ve got a great recipe for a show to rival anything found in Vegas. It’s fun, sure, but it’s also IMPRESSIVE. You’ll feel chills run up your spine as the lights dim and the magic begins.