31 Flavors of Magic Performer Roster
Boyer the Magic Guy
Boyer has been performing magic for over 35 years and has won several awards at area magic conventions. He has traveled with The Amazing Conklins illusion show and works on the tech crew for Abbott’s Get Together. Boyer is also a middle school math teacher where he enjoys incorporating his entertainment skills in teaching young minds.
Ron Carnell, longtime resident of the Magic Capital of the World, will amuse and amaze you with his unique blend of Comedy and Magic. You’ll laugh ’til it hurts, you’ll cry ’til it feels better, but you’ll likely never again look at the world around you in quite the same way.
Ron is currently the Resident Magician at River Lake Inn. He also performs regularly at the American Museum of Magic in Marshall, Michigan, hosting their First Saturday shows every month.
Amazing Mike Conklin
Mike was literally born into the magic field, as he was one fourth of the family known as The Amazing Conklins. The Amazing Conklins toured all over the U.S. and Canada performing their magic for thousands and thousands of people.
After working with his family and learning some magic skills of his own, Mike put together a show which he still performs today. Up until recently, he had performed as Jo-Jo The Magic Clown, but now performs as Amazing Mike. His show has taken him to many different venues from birthday parties, to corporate functions, to performing at the Allegan County Fair in Michigan.
Mike loves to perform and entertain people with his magic and wit. His show is professional, entertaining, clean and perfect for those from 5 to 105 years old!
Rick Fisher & Riley Rabbit
Rick Fisher & Riley Rabbit have performed across the United States & Canada for over 40 years. President of the FAB Magic Company in Colon, Michigan, Rick & Riley have appeared at several magic conventions as well as hundreds of public and private events.
Rick & Riley have entertained audiences at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and hosted their own PBS TV Christmas special. Author of several books on magic including: Percy Abbott: Magical Years and Magic For The Fun Of It!
Frank is from Lockport, Illinois. He credits his boyhood magic idol, Marshall Brodien, for his interest in the art.
Frank has appeared in numerous school and, for the last six years, in most of Colon’s annual Sharing the Magic benefit shows.
Pieter Hofstra lives in Decatur, comes from a family of seven, and is obsessed with magic. He is a classical close-up magician, meaning he performs right in front of you with coins, rings, playing cards and any other items you might have on you. Pieter has been doing magic for fifteen years.
Mark Irish and Einstein
Meet Einstein, the World’s Largest Mind Reading Rabbit. Nope, he’s not a puppet, he’s a real 20-pound Flemish Giant Rabbit!
Einstein’s assistant, Magic Mark, is based out of Atlanta. Mark gives over two-hundred performance a year, before Fortune 500 companies, business organizations, and associations in our country – such world renowned institutions of higher learning as University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, University of Georgia, UCLA and many more.
All this is in addition to Mark’s radio and television appearances on ESPN, David Letterman, the Steve & Vikki radio show, a private performance at the White House, The Muppet Traveling Show, Six Flags, Walt Disney World, and dozens more.
The rabbit is psychic, the magician psychotic.
Together they make a great team!
Ron Jaxon, from Kalamazoo Michigan, has won numerous magic competitions in both stage, and close-up magic. His combination of visually stunning magic combined with comedy has earned him the reputation as one of the area’s leading magicians. In his late teens Ron became completely deaf and remained deaf for almost 20 years. In 2009, with the help of a Cochlear Implant, Ron regained his ability to hear again. Even though for the last few years Ron has been able to re-experience the wonderful world of sound, he stays committed to his efforts to present his performances in a manner that is mindful of his beginnings and challenges others to overcome obstacles in their lives through his magic!
Brad Lancaster is an experienced Multi-Award winning Grand Rapids Magician and Puppeteer with a career that spans over 30 years.
Brad has many theatrical credits including training at the Goodman Theater, Black Ensemble Theater, Second City Improv, as well as leading roles in Spellbound, A Raisin in the Sun, Kintu and more. He was also director and lead Puppeteer in a production of Peter and the Wolf with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra.
Brad’s Television credits include numerous local and national appearances including the Statler Brothers Show, Arsenio Hall Show, Bozo Show, AM Chicago, WGN TV News, WOOD TV News, and Fox TV News, as well as commercials for Burger King, Amway and Chevrolet.
You will have a pain in your side after spending time laughing with BJ Mallen! BJ is not a normal person; you will learn that quickly as he relates tales of growing up in Colon, Michigan, The Magic Capital of the World.
BJ’s unique and hilarious blend of comedy, magic, and sideshow always entertain! He likes to say the best magic he performs is making people’s worries disappear while sharing his special blend of fun with them!
BJ has performed all across Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, and has even appeared at The Minnesota State Fair, the second largest state fair in the country. He has made numerous appearances on television and radio in Michigan and Indiana, as well as Japan, Great Britain, and India, and has been featured in countless articles in Michigan newspapers.
Steven Michael began performing magic in 5th grade after he came upon some of his dad’s old magic props. Last year, he attended magic school in Colon with John Sterlini, where he learned the art of manipulation.
Along with manipulation, Steven also enjoys street magic. He has preformed in Holland during their street performer series, as well as at Festival and Art Prize in Grand Rapids.
Steven is currently a sophomore at Rockford High School. You never know on what corner of the city you might find Steven, entertaining the crowd and doing what he loves best.
Patrick is an award-winning mentalist and comedian who has been involved in the art of magic for the past ten years. Starting out in Lawton Elementary School, reading minds of fellow third graders during recess, Patrick loved the reactions that he received so much that he knew he wanted to be an entertainer for the rest of his life. Entertaining his audiences both big and small with his off-beat sense of humor and unique performance style, Patrick makes sure that his audiences are left with an impression that absolutely anything is possible.
Oliver is a local 6th grader that has been intrigued with street and stage magic for years. After attending Colon’s Magic Camp, and with the help of local talent, he has started to assert himself into the area’s magic scene w his ambition and dry humor. Oliver is excited to expand his skills and be involved in this year’s 31 Flavors of Magic.
Tamara & John Sterlini
John Sterlini’s love of magic began at the age of four when his mother bought him a Magic Water Vase. The rest, as they say, is history.
At 12, Sterlini began performing professionally and went on to become one of the few graduates of the Chavez College of Prestidigitation (one of two such schools in the world). Today, Sterlini’s intense and skilled performances show off the advanced sleight of hand and showmanship abilities he learned there.
Tamara is the Assistant/Showgirl at Sterlini Magic Mfg. and Music Educator at Milford Music. In a past life, she worked for Disney and Celebrity Cruises.
Randy Vander Wal
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, it’s magic and fun time! Introducing a chip off the ol’ block, Randy Vander Wal! Randy has performed his hilarious magic shows for over twenty years. He performs for birthday parties and family get-togethers, as well as for schools, libraries, and churches. Randy also performs for many small corporate award banquets and events. Randy’s comic flair is great for any event throughout the year, be it a Valentine venue to a spring graduation to a Christmas party to a New Year’s Eve bash. Randy served the Michigan membership of the I.B.M. as the Territorial Vice President of Michigan from July 2003 to July 2013.
Larry Wirtz is a classically trained “sleight-of-hand” artist from the historic Chavez Studio of Magic, as well as a Stephen’s Minister, Certified Lay Speaker and a full-time Inspirational Speaker, humorist and entertainer.
Larry has presented programs in over 10,000 schools, along with colleges, churches, corporations and conventions across 32 states and Canada since 1982.