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84TH GET TOGETHER PERFORMERS & LECTURERS

Aug 3-6, 2022 - Registrations Available
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Lance Burton
Lance Burton
Performer/Lecturer
Mac King
Mac King
Performer
John Bundy
John Bundy & Morgan
Performers/Lecturer
Mike Caveney
Mike Caveney
Performer



David Seebach
David Seebach
Performer
Guy Hollingworth
Guy Hollingworth
Performer
Tina Lenert
Tina Lenert
Performer
Reynold Alexander
Reynold Alexander
Performer/Lecturer



Joel Hodgson
Joel Hodgson
Performer/Lecturer
Vinny Grosso
Vinny Grosso
Performer/Lecturer
Handsome Jack
Handsome Jack
Performer/Lecturer
Michael Goudeau
Michael Goudeau
Performer



Bizzaro
Bizzaro
Performer
Nick Diffatte
Nick Diffatte
Performer/Lecturer
Doug Stafford
Doug Stafford
Performer
BJ Mallen
BJ Mallen
Performing Host



Al The Only
Al The Only
Performing Host

Graveyard Tour & Golf
Keith Stickley
Keith Stickley
Performing Host

Spook Show Q&A
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2022 Colon Street Performers

Sponsored by the American Legion


John Sturk
John Sturk
Street Performer
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Jeff Bibik
Jeff Bibik
Street Performer
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Jania Taylor
Jania Taylor
Street Performer
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Thom Bedlam
Thom Bedlam
Street Performer
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BJ Mallen
BJ Mallen
Street Performer
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Lance Burton
Lance Burton entered his first competition as a magician at Abbott's in 1977 and walked away with first prize. His maturity as a performer was becoming evident. It was no longer a matter of if, but when, the "break" would come. The recognition from his peers continued. In 1980, shortly after his 20th birthday, Lance Burton became the first winner of the coveted "Gold Medal for Excellence" from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Lance decided that the time was right to leave home and move to Southern California. Bill and Milt Larsen immediately signed him up for their annual "It's Magic" show and used their contacts to have him introduced to all of America by Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." This one appearance put Lance Burton permanently into the pages of magic history. Lance honored his country on July 10, 1982 by winning the "Grande Prix" that recognized him as a "World Champion Magician." Lance Burton was both the first American and the youngest performer to be so honored. His star continued to ascend. Lance was brought back to "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson nine more times, for a total of 10 appearances and has appeared 5 more times with Jay Leno as the host. Hailed by Dai Vernon, the universally acknowledged "Patriarch of Magic," as "The most brilliant magician of this century." He was twice awarded "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts. He was honored to have performed for President Reagan, (during his presidency) and Mrs. Reagan, in Washington, D.C. In 1998, the first Blackstone Theatre Award was presented to Lance Burton for excellence in the arts. Lance Burton recently completed his fourth TV special which will be shown worldwide along with a new television special featuring young magicians. His specials air regularly on FOX Family Channel and internationally.

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Mac King
Acclaimed by MAGIC Magazine as the #1 comedy magician in the world today. Mac has been named "Magician of the Year" by the Magic Castle, appeared on seven TV specials for NBC-TV, been inducted into the Las Vegas Hall of Fame at UNLV, appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and tore it up three times on "Penn & Teller's Fool Us" where Penn and Teller called Mac, "The greatest comedy magician at least alive today, and maybe who ever lived."

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John Bundy & Morgan
John Bundy and Morgan are known for creating themed magic and illusion for Six Flags, Busch Gardens and Cedar Fair amusements parks across America. They were honored with the outstanding illusionist award from the Milbourne Christopher foundation. And, have been recognized by the magic world with cover stories and feature articles in the industry periodicals: Magic, Magic Manuscript, Vanish and Linking Ring magazine. In 2010 they appeared in the Paramount Pictures "Morning Glory" which starred Harrison Ford and Rachel McAdams. That same year, Morgan was named "Escape Artist of the Year" on "The World Magic Awards" televised special. Their additional television credits include two appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Rachael Ray Show and Ricki Lake Show. Behind the cameras, illusions and coaching was provided for a magic episode of "Law and Order Criminal Intent" "Gotham"and "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris" John Bundy and Morgan were presented with the 2016 award for outstanding illusionists by the Milbourne Christopher foundation. This prestigious award is considered to be one of the top three accolades awarded to magicians worldwide. John and Morgan are honored to join David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone Jr. and Siegfried and Roy as recipients. While on tour in China, Bundy and Morgan's televised performance was seen by an estimated audience of one billion people. Behind the cameras, illusions and coaching was provided for a magic episode of "Law and Order Criminal Intent", "Gotham", "America's Got Talent" and "Best Time Ever" with Neil Patrick Harris. This will be John and Morgan's fifth appearance at Abbott's Get-together

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Mike Caveney
A performance by Mike Caveney is unique. Each of his original routines is perfectly suited to his dry comedic wit. He doesn't tell jokes but you won't stop laughing and when something amazing happens, it isn't just a trick, it's a miracle. Mike is a member of the most prestigious group of magicians in the world, The Inner Magic Circle of London, England. He was voted STAGE MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR by the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. His talents have taken him from Japan to Russia, from Monte Carlo to Borneo, Australia, China, throughout Europe and most of the 50 States. On television, Mike was named one of the NEW VAUDEVILLIANS and the Hollywood Reporter described him as, "...one of the funniest magicians in America." Mike has performed on the legendary Orient Express, at the World Congress of Magic (FISM) in Belgium, Japan, Portugal and China, the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia, the world famous London Palladium and was featured on A&E's Story of Magic and NBC's The World's Greatest Magic special.

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Tina Lenert
Tina has combined silent comedy with a touch of magic to produce a most unusual and enchanting act entitled "Maid in Heaven," wherein a very sad and frumpy cleaning lady is magically transformed and finds happiness. Her pantomime skills were honed as a founding member of the L.A. Mime Company, a talented five-some who performed at colleges and appeared on several television series. Her magic skills were developed by being a regular performer and life member of Hollywood's Magic Castle, where she was voted Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts. For the past several years, Tina has toured Europe several times, appearing in major theatres including the London Palladium and a performance for the Royal Family in Monte Carlo. She has been featured on television in Italy, Germany, Spain, Holland, France, England, Norway, Portugal, Chile and Japan. In the United States she has appeared at Harrah's Reno and Atlantic City, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, as well as being featured on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and CBS and NBC television specials.

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Joel Hodgson
Joel Hodgson is most famous for creating the peabody award winning, long running comedy TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000. His comedy magic act: Joel Hodgson: Comic, Magician, Spy. toured the country in the early eighties, and has appeared on HBO's Young Comedians Special, Late Night with David Lettermen and Saturday Night Live. Joel is thrilled to be back at Abbotts where strangely, he is a two time co/winner of the Senator Crandal Award for Comedy Magic, a distinction he proudly shares with Comedy Magic luminary Mac King. In 2007, MST3K was listed as "one of the top 100 television shows of all time" by Time.

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Nick Diffatte
Nick Diffatte is quickly becoming one of the most talked about and in demand young comedians working today. His unique brand of entertainment seamlessly blends dry humor, quick wit, and incredible skill. His performances are presented with perfect comedic timing far beyond his years and a deadpan delivery that will has audiences laughing uncontrollably from beginning to end. At the age of 23, Nick has already been a featured performer at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, appeared on The Late Late Show on CBS, appeared on the cover of both Genii and Vanish Magazine, has won multiple awards for both his magic and his comedy, has held multiple long-term residencies on the Las Vegas strip, headlines on Disney Cruise Line and has performed a multitude of shows at casinos, comedy clubs, and corporate events internationally. 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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Bizzaro
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, America's got Talent, and the Travel Channel's 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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Guy Hollingworth
Although a practicing barrister in London, Guy still performs his highly original yet traditional style of conjuring for exclusive private gatherings and at occasional conjuring conventions. His book, Drawing Room Deceptions, was published in 1999 and became the best selling publication of Mike Caveney's Magic Words. Perhaps Guy's best-known effect is The Reformation, which was featured as one of the Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks in the British television program of that name and on NBC's The World's Greatest Magic. He has performed his one-man show, The Expert at the Card Table, directed by Neil Patrick Harris, to sell-out houses and rave reviews; and his new stage act combines the classic elegance of the golden age of magic with the intricate sleight of hand for which he is known.

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David Seebach
With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Theater Department at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee), David launched a career as an entertainer that has taken him from coast-to-coast and to Canada, Europe and Asia. He has appeared at many corporate events and festivals, including 40+ consecutive years at Milwaukee's Summerfest. His 'The Maestro & The Magician' symphony show has been featured with orchestras from Honolulu to Syracuse and Texas to North Dakota. His Halloween-themed attraction, 'Illusions in the Night' has been an annual October event since 1991. Seebach has appeared at the east coast Magic Jubilee, the Texas Association of Magicians' Convention, multiple Houdini Club Conventions, the Society of American Magicians' annual conventions and Hollywood's famed Magic Castle. He was awarded the Jack Gwynne Trophy for Excellence in Colon in 1980 and the prestigious Milbourne Christopher Illusionist award in 2017. He has written extensively for magicians for decades with publication in several magic magazines.

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Doug Stafford
Juggling is Doug's first passion and his shows include cigar box, contact juggling, diabolo, devil sticks, hat, ball, clubs, and many other props from the same to the different. He has been featured as a circus act at the Magicians Alliance of the Eastern States conference and now is bringing his act to the Abbott Stage in Colon Michigan. Doug is also a magician and has been performing his variety show to many Renaissance Faires.

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Handsome Jack
John Lovick (Handsome Jack) is an American magician, writer, and director. Since the 1990s he has performed as a magician throughout the United States and Canada, as well as England, Australia, New Zealand, and Malaysia. His performing alter ego, Handsome Jack, is a regular performer at the Magic Castle (the Academy of Magical Arts) in Hollywood, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, and where he won their 2016 Parlour Magician of the Year Award after 13 nominations. He is also the author of several books and many cover articles for MAGIC Magazine and Genii Magazine, for both of whom he has been an associate editor. In January 2018 he was featured on Genii's cover. Lovick has invented numerous popular magic effects and regularly lectures at magic conventions. In 2006 he compiled and authored "SWITCH: Unfolding the $100 Bill Change," a comprehensive guide to the bill-switch magic trick, including its history, performance theory, and presentation ideas. He has also written "Experience: The Magic of Jon Allen"and "Mayhew: What Women Want", and co-authored "The Paper Engine". He produced the popular magic demonstration DVD, "Reparation," which teaches his influential method for the Torn and Restored Card. In August 2016 he released a book detailing his professional magic repertoire, "The Performance Pieces & Divertissements of the Famous Handsome Jack, etc.", published by SquashPublications.com. A best seller in the magic world, its first printing sold out in fewer than three months. He co-wrote with Asi Wind a book of Wind's creations, "Repertoire", released in the spring of 2018. On July 20, 2015, Lovick (as Handsome Jack) appeared on Penn & Teller: Fool Us and fooled them with an original Torn and Restored handbill, combined with a presentational angle involving a "Grappler" that he purchased from Harry Anderson. On April 2, 2018, Penn & Teller featured Lovick (as Handsome Jack) as the only guest performer on their one-off special "Penn & Teller: April Fool Us".

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Reynold Alexander
Reynold Alexander is a full time professional magician from Puerto Rico. His lecture material comes straight from his show and it has been tested thoroughly. Powerful, Practical, Real World Tested Magic! Reynold has lectured at the Magic Castle, Fantasma Magic in NY, Spanish Society of Illusionists in Madrid among others including Joshua Jay's MagiFest, Murhphy's At the Table Experience and has two high Penguin Lectures. He has starred several TV Specials in Puerto Rico, done TV Commercials and collaborated with David Copperfield on a piece of magic for his show. Currently he is the resident magician headlining his show Supernatural at the Wyndham Rio Mar in Puerto Rico.

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Michael Goudeau
Michael has performed regularly in Las Vegas since 1983 (Flamingo Hotel, Monte Carlo Hotel, Hacienda Hotel, Sands Hotel, Sahara Hotel, and the MGM-Marina Hotel). For 20 years he performed nightly in the critically acclaimed and wildly successful "Lance Burton, Master Magician" show. Michael has performed his act in Paris, Madrid, Tokyo, Budapest, and Santiago. He memorized and performed his act in French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hungarian. He doesn't speak any of those languages well enough to ask for a glass of water. Michael also works as a TV writer for Penn and Teller and others for shows on Showtime, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic TV

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Vinny Grosso
Vinny Grosso fooled Penn & Teller twice and charmed the judges on America's Got Talent, but he's got plenty more magic up his sleeve. Experience Vinny's comedy antics and sleight of mind in this "totally mental" show - you're guaranteed to laugh out loud while all the magic happens in your head. Vinny's appearances on hit shows like America's Got Talent and Penn & Teller: Fool Us have been viewed by millions worldwide. Amid the laughter, he won over audiences and judges and even fooled Penn & Teller twice. Vinny has entertained at the world-renowned Catskills in New York and has worked with the Pentagon traveling overseas to entertain U.S. troops and their families. He has served as President of The Society of American Magicians and graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, where he learned to create his own original illusions. Vinny has spent his life in the pursuit of amazement, wonder, and memory making, and has gained notoriety by performing for some of the largest companies in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Al The Only
The story behind Al giving the "Famous Magician Graveyard Tour" actually has its roots in 1993 when Karrell Fox gave Al a private tour, thus handing down the mantle of sharing the stories of those buried at Lakeside Cemetery. Since 2008, Al has been giving this tour every Get Together and it has become a popular event! In 2014, Al wrote and published "The Magic Graveyard - The stories and secrets of the magicians resting in a small-town cemetery ... and why they're buried there!" The LIVE Graveyard Tour is held on Thursday afternoon. Golf anyone? Since 1990, Al also has been running the Open Colon "No Frills" Golf Classic. The golf outing is the first "official/non-official" Get Together event! It's played on Tuesday morning at St. Joe Valley Golf Club in Nottawa, Michigan and is open to all registrants of the Get Together. Text Al at 808-874-2591 for more information. Al flies more than 100,000 miles a year preforming at company events across the country. A full-time professional magician for over four decades; in recent years, Al "The Respect Guy" has developed a motivational, inspirational program geared towards elementary age school children. His "R.O.A.R. Show - Respect Others Act Responsibly" has been presented in schools across the country, inspiring students to be respectful, take responsibility for their actions, treat one another with kindness, use good manners, include each other and show acceptance.

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Keith Stickley
In 1999 Keith moved to Las Vegas to pursue his career in entertainment and enroll in college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Throughout college, Keith gained valuable experience performing at local casinos and corporate banquets. It is during this time Keith started receiving offers to perform overseas. He was soon found in airports around the world on his time off of school bringing his blend of comedy and magic to international audiences! Keith graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. Keith’s credits include three tours in Hong Kong, five years as an official magician representing ConAgra (over 200 performances), many years of experience in outdoor fair / festival entertainment, and corporate and trade show events for some of the largest automotive, pharmaceutical, marketing, and gaming organizations in the United States and abroad.Keith in front of his billboard in Hong Kong Keith's Las Vegas credits include a run at Fitzgerald's Casino, featured in the review show "Two Girls and a Guy," followed by five months of performances at the Flamingo, Las Vegas. His tours take him to over 60 cities throughout the U.S. annually. Other appearances include concerts featuring The Neville Brothers and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as appearing on TV for the Children's Miracle Network Telethon. Keith (with his Spook Show Revival alter ego Doctor Scream) was featured in the October 2012 issue of the Society of American Magicians MUM Magazine in a great article on the history of spook shows as well as the Spook Show Revival.

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BJ Mallen
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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Thom Bedlam
Captain Thom Bedlam is landlocked awaiting repairs or another ship. Life ashore has left him bored and bursting with thomfoolery. It's a wild array of magical mayhem, the sharing of vastly inaccurate knowledge and gregarious if ineffective lessons on being a pirate. Almost learn how to counterfeit for unparalleled wealth, the possibly correct way to run someone through without spoiling the carpet; the improper application of a hook as a prosthetic, and how to be taller through lynching. It's the most fun you'll have this side of Tortuga, and gives you a whole new perspective for the saying "I'd rather be sailing." Yo ho!

Thom Barnett, also known as Captain Thom Bedlam, has performed for television, circuses, theaters, fairs,. festivals, corporations and niteclubs, everywhere from up at the North Pole (Canadian Forces Station Alert) to as far south as Buenos Aires, Argentina and from his home of Toronto all the way to Singapore. He combines music, illusion, and his own bizarre twists into a fantastic and fun presentation. Thom's magic motto? Laugh first, ask questions later.

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Jania Taylor
Jania Taylor has performed as far east as New York City, as for west as Hollywood, as far north as Clear, Alaska, and as for south as Panama City, The Republic of Panama, and a lot of towns in between. Jania was the third female to complete the Chavez Course of Magic, in Colon Michigan, under the direction of Neil Foster. Known as Magic Lady, she placed second in the Busker Contest which was held in Colon, during the Get-Together in 2009. Jania has been a part of the busking performers ever since and looks forward each year to entertaining the guests that seek out the buskers during magic week.

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John Sturk
John Sturk has been a member of the Abbott's family since 2005. A former Abbott's Stage Contest winner, he originally hails from Plymouth, Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He has been organizing the busker performances in the Village of Colon since 2008, and took on the pre-show organ music duties from the legendary Wilma Rench in 2015. From 2007-2015, he worked full-time at FUN Incorporated, America's largest magic manufacturer. In 2015, he co-founded the Chicago Magic Lounge, beginning as a once-weekly magic show with rotating guests. In 2018, the Chicago Magic Lounge opened its own full-time magic theater and bar, the first in Chicago since Schulien's closed in 1999. John performs 5 nights per week doing magic, music, and emcee duties. He is a member of the IBM, Academy of Magic Arts, The Magic Circle, serves on the National Council of the S.A.M, and as chairman of the Chicago Magic Round Table.

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Jeff Bibik
The Amazing Bibik - Chicago's Comedy Conjurer has been a Chicago favorite since 1985. He's worked colleges, conventions, corporates and comedy clubs. He's also performed at places that don't start with the letter 'C'. He's toured extensively from Sturgis to Coldwater. He's the lead bar magician at the Chicago Magic Lounge, and appears there 4 nights a week as a condition of his parole. Bibik has been an Abbott's regular for over a hundred years. See him where he belongs, out on the street in Colon Michigan!

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