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Abbott's 83rd Get Together Performers & Lecturers

Aug 4-7, 2021 - Full Registrations Available
Online or call us at 1 269 432 3235

Lance Burton
Lance Burton
Performer
Mac King
Mac King
Performer
Jeff Hobson
Jeff Hobson
Performer
David Williamson
David Williamson
Performer



Ice McDonald
Ice McDonald
Performer
Doc Swan
Doc Swan
Performer
Stuart MacDonald
Stuart MacDonald
Performer
Nick Diffatte
Nick Diffatte
Performer



Guy Hollingworth
Guy Hollingworth
Performer
Joel Hodgson
Joel Hodgson
Performer
Eric DeCamps
Eric DeCamps
Performer
Trent Rivas
Trent Rivas
Performer



Al The Only
Al the Only
Graveyard Tour & Golf
BJ Mallen
BJ Mallen
Host 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. He's a regular guest on talk shows such as "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and "The Late, Late Show" with Craig Kilborn. His homecoming was in November of 1999 when the Louisville native returned to his hometown to perform five shows at the 2,000-seat Kentucky Center for the Arts. He also performed at the Cerritos Center for the Arts in California in 1999 and 2000 selling out the $70 million theatre. In nearly every poll Lance Burton has been voted "Best Magician" and "Best Entertainer." In the R-J's 1999 Editor's Poll he was chosen as "Favorite Male Las Vegan" for his contributions to community charities. Especially The Shriners, The Variety Club and New Vista Ranch. The Legend Continues!

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Mac King
Acclaimed by MAGIC Magazine as the premiere comedy magician in the world today, Mac was just named “Magician of the Year” by the Magic Castle in Hollywood, just appeared on his seventh TV special for NBC-TV, just got voted the 6th best show in all of Las Vegas, and just rocked the audience on The Late Show with David Letterman. He is currently starring in the long running The Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas where, over the last 11 years, he has performed an incredible 5720 shows to nearly one and half million fans. In the last few years, magic shows on television have become more popular than ever, and Mac has been there from the beginning. That beginning was, of course, with David Copperfield. Mac had developed a magic trick that just wasn’t right for his own show, but David thought enough of it to pay Mac for it and put in his live show and then on his television special later that year. The next year, the same thing happened with Penn and Teller. Mac was beginning to make a name for himself as a creative force in the magic world. All that attention garnered Mac a showcase for the producers of NBC-TV’s The Worlds Greatest Magic shows. His unique hilarious tricks, including his ability to make his head cave in, landed him a spot on the first of these highly rated annual specials. After seeing him on that show, all of the people involved just had to have him in their next big NBC magic show, Houdini: Unlocking His Secrets where Mac performed his absurdly comical rendition of Houdini’s Thumb Tie Trick. The segments Mac devised the following year for The World’s Greatest Magic II were so popular that The Mac King School of Magic became a regular fixture on all of The World’s Greatest Magic shows. Mac is the only performer to appear on all five of these exceptionally well-received shows. His success on those programs landed him a spot on another NBC special, The World’s Wildest Magic. Which, in turn, lead to him being featured on Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular. Because all of those NBC TV shows were taped at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Mac began to get the attention of some of the bookers of Casino showrooms in that fabulous city. Mac has appeared in Spellbound at Harrah’s, The Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular at The Flamingo Hilton, at The Desert Inn with Comedian Rita Rudner, and in Splash! at the Riviera. Given the hilarious nature of Mac’s act, and the broad spectrum of folks it appeals to, it was inevitable that a casino would come calling with a full-time offer. Mac began a two-year run with his own one-man show (The Mac King Comedy Magic Show) in Las Vegas at the Harrah's Casino and Hotel on Jan 11th, 2000. Mac spends most of his increased spare time developing new material for this show. His latest ridiculously amusing creation, The Cloak of Invisibility, has to be seen to be believed.

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Jeff Hobson
Jeff is one of the most in-demand comedy magicians working today. His refreshing and clever mix of comedy and magic has brought him back for repeat performances all over the world. His television appearances include HBO, Showtime's Comedy Club Network, Fox's Masters of Illusion, NBC's World's Greatest Magic as well as the star of Thames Television's Magic Comedy Strip a 16 week television series in England. In December of 2013, he appeared on the top-rated U.K.'s iTV with The Illusionists as well as a 2016 prime-time NBC special of the same name. Hobson introduction to Las Vegas started with an audition at the famed comedy club, Catch a Rising Star at Bally's Casino. This audition turned into numerous return, headline engagements. In 1993, Hobson joined the cast of Spellbound at Harrah's Casino. This run lasted over four years. After a three-year hiatus that took Hobson to Reno to produce and star in the critically-acclaimed magic production show called, Carnival of Wonders, he came back home to become the "Host of Las Vegas". Since then, he has starred in his own, one-man show, Money and Madness and been the Master of Ceremonies for countless special events and production shows including the World's Greatest Magic Show and V-The Ultimate Variety Show. Hobson's most recent accomplishments include the creation of The Illusionarium, a one-of-a-kind, immersive, magical-dining entertainment experience aboard Norwegian's Cruise Line's newest ship, The Getaway. He just completed a 7-year tour with The Illusionists, the highest-grossing magic show of all time with appearances across the U.S., Europe and two record-breaking seasons on Broadway. He is currently the Entertainment Director and Producer of Maryvn's Magic Theater in La Quinta, California, a 129-seat luxury, intimate variety arts theater.

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David Williamson
David has been featured on ABC's Champions of Magic, where he appeared with Princess Stephanie as he performed his miracles at different locations in and around Monaco. David has also co-starred in several top-rated prime-time network specials including CBS' Magicians' Favorite Magicians, NBC's Houdini: Unlocking His Mysteries, and NBC's World's Greatest Magic III. He was seen recently on The CW's Masters Of Illusion TV series as well as America's Got Talent. In 1981 David won first place in the International Brotherhood of Magicians' sleight of hand competition. That year he also became the first ever recipient of the prestigious Gold Cups Award of Excellence in close-up magic. David was voted "Close Up Magician of the Year" two years in a row by his peers at Hollywood's renowned Magic Castle. He was also twice awarded the "Magic Castle Lecturer of the Year" and the "Magic Castle Parlor Magician of the Year". David was voted "Most Wanted Magician" at the 2003 FISM convention in Den Haag. Recently David was honored with the Performance Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts and Sciences at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. In 2017 David was named The Magic Castle’s Magician of the Year. He was also recently awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership by the UK’s Magic Circle, The world’s premier magical society.

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Ice McDonald
As an international award-winning entertainer/master magician, Ice gives stellar stage performances and has earned a reputation for his grand illusions. He has been nick named "The Magical Phenomenon". Ice has sold out performances at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and has broken audience and box office records at Monday Night Magic in New York. He 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), Masters of Illusion Int'l(France) and the documentary The Art and Soul of Magic - The Story of America's Black Magician. He has also appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN, BBC and Roland Martin's News One Now. He has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Riverfront Times. Ice has graced the cover of numerous national and international magic magazines including The Linking Ring (3 times) and M.U.M. (2 times), two of world's largest magic publications. Ice has also been featured in Genii and Magic magazine along with international magazines Vanish and Magicana in New Zealand. Also, Ice has been honored by his inclusion in the history book, "Magical Heroes: The Lives and Legends of Great African-American Magicians" and a math book "Ethnoacademics, Fractions in Africa". On July 3, 2014, Ice made history when he was inaugurated as The Society of American Magicians' (S.A.M.) first African-American National President. S.A.M. is a 112-year old organization, founded in 1902. It is the oldest and most prestigious magic organization in the world. Ice was recently presented with Presidential Citations by the two largest international magic organizations, The Society of American Magicians and The International Brotherhood of Magicians. This is the highest honor given to an individual by each organization.

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Doc Swan
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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Stuart MacDonald
Stuart MacDonald, winner of Penn and Teller Fool Us and FISM North America's People's choice is coming home to Abbotts. His rise in magic or more like a resurrection came swift after a 15 year break from touring. Stuart's act came from out of the blue and is now a masterpiece of magic. Teller called his mirror act "Hands down one of my favorite foolers." The act is pure storytelling in a way you've never seen before. Imagine an old black and white haunted house movie from the 1940's and you'll be set to enjoy an act that is so compelling people have said "It's like I wasn't even in the theater, I was right there with you on stage...it was amazing." Stuart's story is also one of tenacity. He tested his act in FISM North America in 2014, had a technical failure as well as an act that clearly was NOT the caliber he needed to be at. Three years later, thousands of improvements, 22 versions of the act, costuming and a refined character Stuart was ready to compete in the same competition. Not only did he win, he won almost every award including IBM 1st Stage, SAM 1st Stage, SAM Originality, SAM Silver Award of Merit, FISM N. America People's Choice. Following the competition Stuart was put on a world tour to the UK, China, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Spain and on ships in the Caribbean in January of 2019. His last performance was at the Magic Castle in Hollywood CA. During the last show on March 15 the club was shut down due to Covid. Stuart was the very last magician to perform at the Castle. Now that things are starting to come back to normal his goal is to be the first magician to return.

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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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Guy Hollingworth
Guy Hollingworth first became interested in magic at the age of 13 when he was a pupil at St Paul's School, a private school in west London. The school has a magic club called The Prestige Society, which Hollingworth joined in preference over activities such as classics or sports practice which he would otherwise have been expected to do. He was inspired by seeing footage of magician Channing Pollock, which was shown as part of the television series The Best of Magic, broadcast by Thames Television in 1989-90. Guy has stated that he was also influenced during the same period by seeing Ricky Jay perform on the Channel 4 television series The Secret Cabaret. Guy began his performing career with a show at the school open day. He later graduated in industrial design and subsequently in law. At the same time he continued performing magic as well as developing new tricks. Such was his success that he also began to be asked to give lectures to other magicians. Guy's best known creation is his trick The Reformation, in which a signed playing card is torn into four pieces and then visibly restored one piece at a time. He is also well known for his book, Drawing Room Deceptions. Some of his card magic is presented in his commercially available videos The Reformation, The London Collection and Routines directed by filmmaker and magician Anthony Davis. He was also featured on NBC's World's Greatest Magic III TV special. In August 2008, he presented a well-received show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival entitled "Expert at the Card Table", which was based on a 1902 book of the same title.

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Joel Hodgson
Joel Hodgson is best known for creating Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) and starring in it as the character Joel Robinson. In 2007, MST3K was listed as "one of the top 100 television shows of all time" by Time. Joel began his career in seventh grade as a magician and ventriloquist and performed for local events in Green Bay while at Ashwaubenon High School. Upon graduation, Joel moved to Minneapolis to attend Bethel University (Minnesota) to study Theatre and Mass Media. While there, Hodgson further developed his magic act by adding comedy and began opening for musical acts at Bethel as well as performing in coffee houses and comedy clubs. Hodgson cites a Theatre of the Absurd class at Bethel taught by Dr. David Horn for helping him crystallize the meaning of his comedy. In 1981 he won the Campus Comedy Contest and then the first annual Twin Cities Comedy Invitational in 1982. In November of the same year Hodgson moved to Los Angeles where he became a regular performer at the Comedy Store and the Hollywood Magic Castle, as well as the Comedy Magic Club. At the Comedy Magic Club, Hodgson was spotted by Late Night with David Letterman producer Barry Sand and three months later at age 22 had his network television debut. He later made four other appearances on the Letterman show, as well as four on Saturday Night Live as a guest act. Hodgson also was a featured performer on HBO’s "Eighth Annual Young Comedians Special" hosted by John Candy along with Bill Maher, Paula Poundstone, and the Amazing Johnathan.

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Eric DeCamps
Eric DeCamps was born of Dominican parents in Forest Hills, New York. Early influences included the late Doug Henning and Frank Garcia. His first major opportunity to be in the Big Apple spotlight came when he was invited to become a regular performer on Friday and Saturday evenings at New York`s The Magic Townehouse. Later Eric moved downtown to Mostly Magic in the heart of New York`s Greenwich Village. There he spent 12 years refining his magic even further, adding more humor and mystery and focusing on the classics of magic involving simple, everyday objects such as playing cards, silver dollars and silk handkerchiefs. During this time, Eric became a much sought-after performer for major corporate events and society parties. He began to travel more, and was invited by his fellow magicians to lecture around the world including Japan, South America and Europe. His clients have included Time Warner, Morgan Stanley and American Express. It was at this time that he began to develop a desire to “test his chops” against his fellow magicians, and he set about designing and structuring an act for artistic magic competitions. Over the next two years he would compete against the biggest stars in close-up magic in the Society of American Magicians (SAM), the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), and at the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM). In 1995, the Society of American Magicians bestowed upon him the Gold Medal of Excellence for Close Up Magic. He is only the second magician in the 115 year history of the organization to receive this prestigious award. In 2006 Eric began creating a one-man show of his own, and in 2007 he launched it at The Three West Club’s The Lincoln Room located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. The show was a huge success and every show sold out and ended with a standing ovation. Working first with director, Steve Ciuffo and most recently with MAC award winner, Bob Fitch, Eric relaunched his one-man show at Manhattan`s posh nightclub, The Metropolitan Room in 2008 and in 2009.

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Trent Rivas
Making his first appearance at the Magic Capital, Trent's story is an inspiration to all. Trent suffered a stroke at birth, and has had many obstacles to overcome. About 7 years ago, after viewing a magic video, he became so fascinated by the genre that he worked his way out of his wheelchair, and he hasn’t looked back! His passion for magic has driven him to excel and to far exceed the expectations of both his parents and his physicians!

Completely self-taught, Trent performs regularly in the Wisconsin Dells, as well as in the local community. He volunteers regularly at Misericordia and enjoys helping others whenever he can. In addition, Trent works as a magic demonstrator at PJ’s Trick Shop in Arlington Heights. Abbott's is very proud to bring Trent to the Magic Capital stage this August.

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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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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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