Abbott's 79th Get Together Performers & Lecturers
Aug 3-6, 2016 - Registrations Available Online or call us at 1 269 432 3235
??Mystery Performer??The winner of the Abbott talent contest will open the Saturday Matinee!
Remember, winning Abbott's Talent Contest can open doors! At the October 1977 talent contest the Third Place winner was Mac King! The Second Place winner was Jeff Hobson! And the First Place winner was Lance Burton! Participation in the talent contest helped to open the doors at three Las Vegas theaters for these talented performers!
His magic reached millions on NBC's this season of America's Got Talent where he advanced all the way with his large stage illusions. With articles in People Magazine and Nations Business Magazine, the Oprah Show took notice and Scott was invited by Oprah Winfrey to make a guest appearance on her show to speak about how he uses his magic to help others set goals. Scott had the honor of headlining on the Las Vegas Strip at Caesars Palace for over seven years and four thousand performances of large grand illusions fused with stand-up comedy magic. Scott Alexander's groundbreaking creativity caught the eye of Norwegian Cruise Lines and they commissioned Scott to create, direct the magic and star in "Elements," a million dollar stage spectacular. It is currently their most popular show and is in production on five ships. Scott's magic has been featured on The Sify Channel, Discovery Channel, NBC and Showtime. Scott and his wife Jenny Alexander recently appeared on the prestigious Le Grand Plus Cabaret Du Monde on Channel 2 in Paris performing a classic of magic, Le Panier Indien, with a novel modern twist. Scott has opened for comedian Dennis Miller and as a creator and innovator of magic, his ideas are utilized in performances by other magical luminaries, most notably Penn & Teller and magician and host of "Cupcake Wars" Justin Willman.
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Described as the “Cream of the Crop” when it comes to entertainers, Banachek is the world’s leading mindreader. Having astounded audiences across the globe, his talents are so incredible that he is the only mentalist ever to fool scientists into believing he possessed ‘Psychic powers’ then later reveal he was fooling them. Featured on CNN Live, NBC’s Today Show, and numerous network TV specials, he is the authority on creating the impossible. Performers around the world such as Uri Geller, David Blaine & Criss Angel seek his performing expertise, while Fortune 500 companies, casinos and theaters seek him for his outstanding performing abilities – a mindblowing display of incredible feats, ESP & impossible prediction. Banachek reduces cutlery to a near liquid metal state and reads thoughts that no one could possibly ever know. It’s an exhilirating journey into the unknown.
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At 18 years old, he was hailed by the International Brotherhood of Magicians as a "Champion of Magic", becoming one of the youngest magicians to ever receive this honor. Then in 2006, Jay was awarded 1st Prize at the Society of American Magicians International Stage Contest of Magic. Jay is one of only a few magicians in HISTORY to receive 1st prize in both of these international magic competitions. More recently, Jay electrified the nation and stunned the judges with his appearance on NBC's #1 hit show " AMERICA'S GOT TALENT". A native of New York but now based out of the Washington DC area, Jay's magic has appeared in over 20 countries including Hong Kong, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, England, and countless special events throughout the U.S. From Casino showrooms, to luxury cruise ships, Jay's unique style of illusions has captivted the imagination of millions and reminds people, of all ages, what it is like to believe in the impossible and most importantly... HAVE FUN!
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Joaquin possesses the ability to design and create visually stunning magical effects and illusions. After being in Las Vegas headlining the successful magic show "Spellbound" for 6 years, Ayala appeared in almost every TV show in the USA, however, he gained international acclaim by performing on the NBC TV Special "World's Greatest Magic" which aired worldwide. Ayala's efforts in the world of magic has garnered him many awards, including "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts, "Entertainer of the Year" by the International's Magician Society and "Magician of the Decade" by the Latin American Performers Association.
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This August the Abbott Get Together will welcome the weird and wonderful world of Martin Cox, close up entertainer, cabaret artist extraordinary and a very funny man. We could tell you that he has been the British Magic Champion of Comedy. We could even tell you that he's a member of the prestigious Magic Circle and that he has also performed there countless times as well as the Magic Castle in Hollywood.....but we won't. Instead we want to let you know that Martin will perform some mind-blowing tricks and you may laugh so much you'll have a little accident.
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As an international award-winning entertainer and master magician, Ice gives stellar stage performances and has earned a reputation for his grand illusions, including making doves appear through impossibly small objects. He has sold out performances at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, broken audience and box office records at Monday Night Magic in New York and has been featured on NPR, Fox 11 Morning News, KGUN 9 The Morning Blend, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Masters of Illusion (series on FOX TV), News One Now with Roland Martin, a documentary The Art and Soul of Magic – The Story of America’s Black Magician and ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN, BBC. Ice Has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Riverfront Times and in numerous international publications. His sheer mastery of illusion has astonished audiences in London, Wales, India, Singapore, Jamaica, Bahamas, United Kingdom and throughout the United States of America. What sets Ice apart from other magicians is that he builds his own illusions, has not had any formal training; is a devout Christian; and is one of the MOST celebrated magicians in the nation. On July 3, 2014, Ice made history by being inaugurated as The Society of American Magicians’ (S.A.M.) first African-American National President.
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Magic of Puck
Season seven AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Semi Finalist!!! Howard Stern - " I really enjoyed your magic .. well done! " Sharon Osborne - " Very professional ... Absolutely Flawless ... You raised the bar! " Howie Mandel - " You've got talent ... It was truly a great magic act! " Puck started in entertainment with a specialty in Bird Magic. Working with doves, parakeets, and a parrot named "Hoppy" he began his journey. This seven minute act took Puck around the world and was celebrated with several awards including 1ST place at The World Magic Summit held in the Nations Capitol. Puck has been featured at such venues as The City Hall Theater in Hamilton Bermuda to The Magic & Mischief Theater in Orlando, Florida. He also performs on the high seas for luxury cruise lines like Holland America , Norwegian, Carnival, and Princess. He's a regular performer at Monday Night Magic, New York's longest running magic show as well as the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.You can tell by watching Puck perform that he truly enjoys what he does. What better gift in life then to do what you love as a career. This native New Yorker now resides in Central Florida with his wife and three children performing his special brand of Magic all around the world.
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Sideshow superstar Doc Swan has been performing for nearly 40 years at just about every venue you can imagine including Walt Disney World, Atlantic City, 5 Six Flags Parks, Universal Studios, Spooky World, and countless circuses, fairs, and festivals. Punctuated with puns, sight-gags and TONS of tongue-in-cheek humor, no two shows are ever exactly alike. An accomplished juggler, magician, and escape artist, his shows maintain a fast and furious pace that is full of comedy. "The crowd just gets and loves everything he does. It's amazing" says Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller fame. Whether he is he telling his life story while making 13 different hats out of one piece of felt, walking barefoot on crushed glass with one audience member riding piggy-back (and the rest howling with laughter), or doing some mindreading where Doc makes sure no one tampers with his prediction by stapling it to his forehead, you can bet that Doc's show will be one of the most entertaining and interactive acts that take place with the Get Together audience.
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A graduate from the CHAVEZ college of magic in 1963, Denny tutored under Howard Schwarzman in the mid sixties. It was during this time when he performed before the Parent Assembly of SAM and the world of magic was introduced to Denny. In the seventies Denny put together the Denny & Lee show with his wife and for nearly 20 years they were booked solid at 250 plus stage shows per year and were one of the highest paid magic acts in the country. In the nineties Denny decided to retire from the hectic road schedule and opened a magic shop in Baltimore and later a second store in Las Vegas. Today Denny performs a few times at the Magic Castle and also at select magic conventions - and this year he has selected the Abbott Magic Get Together as one of those performances and we are so very please he did.
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Tony Chapek is the “world champion” of innovation. He is the world’s only three time winner of the coveted “International award for originality”. He was named the 2007 “International Illusionist of the year”. He has made network television appearances worldwide. On the network special “World Magic Awards”, he was named “World’s most original act”. He has appeared at the world’s most popular venues including Hollywood’s famous MagicCastle and The Tropicana in Las Vegas. He has performed before royalty at the Princess Grace Theater in Monaco. Tony also has won 1st Place in the International Stage Magic Competition, International Brotherhood of Magicians (Only the second time in history a comedy act has won this prestigious competition), Peoples' Choice Award, International Stage Magic Competition
Society of American Magicians, Peoples Choice Award Las Vegas Comedy Magic Challenge Hosted by Sigfried & Roy, 1st Place Comedy Magic Bash Competition
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Show-stopping magic assistant and zany foil to The Amazing Johnathan for the past nine years, is in actuality, a skilled comedienne with extensive experience in the theatre arts. A native of the Virgin Islands and a longtime resident of Los Angeles, her credits include appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," Showtime's "Rude Awakening," "The Jenny Jones Show" and "Evening at the Improv" on A&E. Penny's diverse experience in acting and comedy include her work in many theater productions including "One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest", opening act for singer Dionne Warwick, stand-up comedy for Carnival Cruise Lines, voice-over work performing the voice of "Dorothy" from The Wizard of Oz on an Aerosmith album and several sketch comedy shows. She continues to perform stand-up in nightclubs including the Improv, Icehouse and Comedy Store in the Los Angeles area during her spare time, or when on hiatus from The Amazing Johnathan Show.
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At 20, the unique style of dry humor and quick wit of Nick Diffatte has brought him all over the country for over 10 years, performing in variety shows, casinos, and private events. Nick has performed multiple times in Las Vegas including appearances at the Suncoast, Sam's Town, Tropicana, and Royal House resorts. He has also accumulated multiple awards for his comedy and magic including the distinguished award for "Minnesota's Tannest Magician 2014". Nick is also the proud manufacturer and distributor of the famous "Dr.X" line of high tech marked cards, loaded dice, and other high quality crooked gambling devices after being closely trained in the art by the original "Dr. X" himself.
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A featured performer at the SAM National Convention, David has also created specialized magical performances for Ford, Oldsmobile, Buick, McDonald's, IBM, General Electric, Sony, Miller Brewing, Mercury Marine, and Walgreen's. In 1991 David and his staff created Illusions in the Night, perhaps the only elaborate magic and illusion show designed to scare an audience. It has appeared annually in Milwaukee. The show -and its ghosts-has also traveled to upstate Wisconsin and Illinois. Within his field David Seebach has won honors and high acclaim. He has been a featured performer at the national convention of the Society of American Magicians, the east coast Magic Jubilee, and the annual Magic Get-Together where he has been featured frequently and won the coveted 'Best of the Best' trophy. He has also appeared at Hollywood's famed Magic Castle, long considered a crown jewel in magicdom. His writing was featured monthly in a long-published conjuror's magazine
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Clemens is an elegant magician. Having done magic since the age of nine he started a career in magic while studying classical music in Berlin and performed a couple of years at the "La vie en rose" theater as magician in the "Magic Bar", the "Close Up Gallery" and on stage. Since then he has also appeared at the "Berlin Wintergarten Varieté" and the "Berlin Close up Club" and has been very active as a performer for different occasions. Clemens’ close up act won different prices at national and international competitions. Among these he was awarded as the best close up performer at the German championship in 2011. In 2013 he lectured at the famous Magic Circle London with his lecture "principles". In 2015 he won the competition at Auke van Dokkum‘s "Close Up Day" in the Netherlands. Clemens Ilgner is a Member of the "Magische Zirkel von Deutschland", the "IBM" and Obie O‘Brien‘s F.F.F.F.
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Vinny is a professional magician, author and speaker who served as National President of The Society of American Magicians from 2011-2012, a position once held by the late Harry Houdini. He is also a member of London's Magic Circle and has achieved its highest level, Member Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. In 2014, Vinny released his book, exposed & FEARLESS and premiered his show of the same title in New York City. The book reveals the secrets of how ordinary people accomplish seemingly impossible things and how anyone can do the same. The show brings to life, stories from the book, with escapes, fire eating, card cheating, thought manipulation, memory demonstrations, torture stunts, and endurance challenges. A unique combination of elements from a mind teasing magic show and a lecture about overcoming fear, intertwined with stories from an inspirational book.
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In a world full of reality TV and lackluster entertainment, Bizzaro. The Optical Illusionist strives to prove that "normal" is just the setting on a dryer. Bizzaro has performed from coast to coast and appeared on FOX, NBC, Americaís got Talent, and the Travel Channelís Extreme Conventions. He is a regular performer at the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. From lighting himself on fire to getting attacked by snack chips, a Bizzaro show is as different as it sounds. Using various types of music as a frame, he creates a unique picture with visual comedy and off the wall illusions that combine a neo-vaudeville style with silent movie antics. He also creates original magic that is sold across the world. His creations have even been seen on TV shows such as Ellen, The Late, Late Show and Wizard Wars on Syfy. He specializes in fabricating magic for other entertainers (including David Copperfield and Gallagher) and is a creative director and lecturer.
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Lynetta has been performing and creating magic for more years than she cares to admit and during that time she has built a reputation within the magic and theatrical communities as one of the most creative, innovative and respected minds in the art. Her creative solutions have been sought out by some of the greatest names in magic. From Teller of Penn & Teller fame, to Doug Henning, Mat Franco, the Amazing Johnathan and Johnny Thompson, they have all solicited Lynetta's help in finding solutions to their magic roadblocks. She has created effects for Las Vegas stage productions such as “La Reve at the Wynn Casino and Mat Franco's Magic Reinvented Nightly at the Linq Casino; film productions The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and More Dogs Than Bones; the Harvard University dramatic production of Shakespeare's The Tempest and the Lone Star Ballet's production of the Nutcracker; the CW network's television show Fool Us; and the list goes on... Often her creations are seen, but even more often they are the invisible secrets that make the magic work.
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Mr. Showbiz - George Schindler - is the driving force behind Vent-O-Rama where you learn the basics of Ventriloquism. George is a talented magician, actor, theatrical consultant and comedian who combines drama, illusion and humor in his art. George, who loves theater and acting, starred as "Chandu the Great" in Woody Allen's New York Stories (1989) and produced his own "World of Illusion" show. Despite a busy performing schedule, he has found time to write numerous books, including "Magic with Everyday Objects," "Basic Balloon Sculpture," "Ventriloquism, Magic with Your Voice," And "Presto! Magic for the Beginner". He co-authored "Magic With Cards" with Frank Garcia. George Schindler served the Society of American Magicians as National President in 1992-1993, has been elected to the Society's Hall of Fame (1994), serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society of American Magicians Magic Endowment Fund, and is chairman of its Houdini Hospital Fund. He is a life member and was awarded Honorary membership, the Society's highest honor. George was the honoree of their 2007 convention in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin), Magician's Alliance of Eastern States, Society of American Ventriloquists, Australian Society of Magicians, and holds a gold star MIMC membership in the Magic Circle, England's most prestigious magic society. In 1986, the Society of American Magicians in New York recognized him as their "Magician of the Year" for his outstanding contributions as a performer, author and lecturer, and for his continuous contributions to the advancement of the art of magic. He was awarded the Senator Crandall Comedy award at Abbott's Magic in 1999 and received the lifetime S. A. M. title of Dean of American Magicians in 2005, succeeding Jay Marshall. The same year he accepted the Milbourne Christopher "Lifetime Achievement Award". George Schindler's talents have taken him around the world and into the hearts of many.
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For the sixth year in a row, John Sturk will be handling the "Colon Street Performers" where professional buskers will perform on the streets of Colon during the Magic Get Together. John Sturk is an award-winning comedy magician, magic consultant, musician, and entertainer extraordinaire. A native of Detroit, John is a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in Journalism and Political Theory. John currently lives in Chicago, and works for FUN Incorporated, America's largest magic manufacturer. John's awards include First Place at the 2005 Abbott's Close-Up Convention, First Place at the 2006 Abbott's Get-Together Stage Competition, First Place at the 2006 Curly's Close-Up Competition, and First Place at the 2009 Michigan Magic Day (Stage and Closeup). John's one-man comedy magic show, DIRTY TRICKS, recently finished a highly successful run at the Comedy Sports Theatre in Chicago.
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The long running and ever popular "Magic Minister's Session" is run by none other than Dr. Jerry burgess. Dr. Burgess is a Christian Evangelist, who has traveled the world proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ for over thirty years as a preacher, Bible Teacher, and Illusionist. Drawing upon his unusual background as a medical doctor and a professional illusionist, he is able to present unique perspectives on the Gospel in a thoroughly entertaining way. A professional illusionist since 1969 and in the Gospel Illusion Ministry since 1970, he is a three-time past president of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians (an organization of over 3,000 members in 50 states and at least 30 other countries who use illusions, ventriloquism, puppetry, etc. to illustrate the gospel of Jesus Christ). Jerry has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, on cruise ships in the Caribbean and Scandinavia, and on network television in 39 countries on 5 continents and on national TV in the U.S. 18 times in the past 25 years.
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Al The Only
The story behind Al giving a "Famous Magician Graveyard Tour" actually has its roots in 1993, when Karrell Fox Gave Al the tour. For the past 6 years Al has been giving this tour every Get Together and it is one popular event! Al also has been running the Colon Golf Tournament for the past 25 years as the first "official/non official" Get Together event! A full time professional magician for over two decades, Al has been featured in many local publications and magazines such as "Crain's Small Business", "Money", and "Success", for his work in Corporate America. Although he typically performs at company banquets, cocktail parties and hospitality suites, you can also find him working at trade shows and sales meetings. "I love making people laugh, wonder, and feel good. Magic is my life," said Al The Only. "Some have even called me obsessed," he continued. It's no wonder, with "PRESTO" on his license plate and a work phone number that spells "TRICKY-1". Performing around the world, Al has developed a successful business that makes his clients happy.
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One of the performers at Abbotts Afternoon Magic Shows, BJ Mallen is a true product of Colon MI. Growing up in the Magic Capital of the World, BJ Mallen has been involved with performing magic most of his life. At the early age of 16, BJ was hired by the legendary Abbott Magic Shop in Colon MI as a demonstrator, following in the footsteps of great Abbott demonstrators such as Neil Foster, Tim Wright, Tom Mullica, and Gordon Miller. BJ has been with Abbotts for over 15 years and currently works inside sales for the magic giant, but performing magic is BJ's first passion and many times you can find him behind the counter at Abbotts performing comedy magic and doing demonstrations for the customers in the showroom.
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In addition his traditional leadoff on the Wednesday show and various MC events, Gordon also will be one of the performers at Abbotts Afternoon Magic Shows. Gordon has been involved with Abbotts Magic and the Magic Get Together since the re-birth of the New Tops in 1961. Gordon succeeded his good friend Neil Foster as editor of New Tops Magazine and has appeared as a performer at more Magic Get Togethers than anyone else, breaking the old record set by Karrell Fox. Gordon's smooth style and gentle humor are displayed each year as he traditionally leads off the Wednesday evening show with his unique and novel acts which signals the official start of Get Together Shows. In addition to being one of the top magic men in his field, Gordon has authored several books on magic (including one of my favorites, the Abbott Compendium of Card Magic which is a best seller at the Abbott Magic shop) and also is a Special Service veteran of the military.
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