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Abbott's 82nd Get Together Performers & Lecturers

Aug 7-10, 2019 - Registrations Available
Online or call us at 1 269 432 3235
To view the Abbott Master List of every Get Together performer since 1934 click here.

Stephen Bargatze
Stephen Bargatze
Performer/Lecturer
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John Bundy
John Bundy & Morgan
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Michael Trixx
Michael Trixx
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Martin Cox
Martin Cox
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Will Fern
Will Fern
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Magic of Puck
Magic of Puck
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Alain Nu
Alain Nu
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Scott Alexander
Scott Alexander
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Christian & Katalina
Christian & Katalina
Performers/Lecturers
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johnferrentino
John Ferrentino
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Jonathan Burns
Jonathan Burns
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George Schindler
George Schindler
Vent O Rama
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Daniel Roy
Daniel Roy
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Jason Michaels
Jason Michaels
Performer/Lecturer
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Chezaday
Chezaday
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Jarol Martin
Jarol Martin
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Takamiz Usui
Takamiz Usui
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Kevin Heller
Kevin Heller
Performer
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Glenda Mann
Glenda Mann
Magic Ministers
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John Sturk
John Sturk
Busking Coordinator
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Al The Only
Al The Only
Graveyard Tour
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BJ Mallen
BJ Mallen
Performing Host
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Projected 2019 Colon Street Performers

Sponsored by the Colon Chamber of Commerce
John Sturk
John Sturk
Street Performer
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Joe Bennett
Joe Bennett
Street Performer
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Jania Taylor
Jania Taylor
Street Performer
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Jon LaChance
Jon LaChance
Street Performer
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STREET PERFORMER SCHEDULE

Wed Noon – outside M & M Grill
Wed 2PM – outside B Hathaway

Thu Noon – outside Dawn & Phils
Thu 2PM – outside Curly’s

Fri 11AM – outside Dawn & Phils
Fri Noon – outside Village Market
Fri 1:00PM – at Craft Fair
Fri 4:30PM – outside 5 Star Pizza

Sat 11AM – at Craft Fair
Sat Noon – outside American Legion
Sat 3PM – outside Historical Museum
Sat 4PM – outside 5 Star Pizza
Thom Bedlam
Thom Bedlam
Street Performer
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??Mystery Performer??

The winner of the Abbott talent contest will open the Saturday Matinee!
Talent Contest Winner
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!





Stephen Bargatze
With over 25 years of stage experience with audiences from around the world at theaters, casino showrooms, performing arts centers, cruise ships, and corporate events as well as colleges and high schools. He's performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Austraila. Stephen Bargatze is a rare talent among entertainers. His genuine personality endears him to any audience, and he quickly develops a strong, positive relationship with the crowd. No longer merely spectators, audiences find themselves caught up in the comedy and amazement of Stephen?s zany performance. He sticks with direct, simple effects that are easy for the audience to understand. His personal story of overcoming an alcoholic home life as well as a childhood accident that left him with a speech impediment touches men and women on an emotional level. As Director of Student Services Program for Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, he speaks to thousands of students each year using his magic to show today?s youth how drugs, alcohol and tobacco can effect their lives. Stephen has a unique way of combining humor and magic with impacting messages to motivate audiences. His ?Magic With a Message? presentations are not only enlightening but inspirational.

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John Bundy and Morgan
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. John and Morgan have been recognized by the magic world with cover stories and feature articles in the industry periodicals: Magic, Magic Manuscript, Vanish and Laughmakers 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" TV special. Their additional television credits include two appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Rachael Ray Show and Ricki Lake Show. 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.

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Daniel Roy
Daniel Roy has been performing magic since the age of 10, when the tricks of a strolling magician caught his eye. Today, he performs professionally for adult audiences and continues his passionate study of the craft. These aren't your typical card tricks. Daniel specializes in sleight of hand with playing cards; he doesn't use magicians' props. Daniel firmly believes that moments of wonder are the result of diligence and creativity. He not only practices sleight-of-hand religiously but creates his own repertoire. When you see him perform, you're seeing magic that no one else in the world does, leading to an astonishing - and truly unique - experience. When he's not practicing or dreaming up a new creation, Daniel performs at a wide variety of events in and around Philadelphia, from weddings to cocktail receptions to intimate dinner gatherings. He is also a regular performer at the Smoke and Mirrors Theater in Huntington, PA.

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Jonathan Burns
Born with the gifts of flexibility, curiosity, and goofiness, Jonathan Burns now uses these unique talents to astonish audiences around the globe. Over the course of his career, Jonathan has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jay Leno Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and La France a un incroyable talent (France’s Got Talent). He’s been dubbed “Extremely funny” by The New York Times, and was named “Variety Artist of the Year” by Campus Activities Magazine, TWICE! Over the past twelve years his talents have taken him to over 400 college campuses across the United States and to special events in 9 countries around the globe. When he’s not on stage he can usually be found in an airport terminal or spending time with his lovely wife and two daughters.

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Martin Cox
Martin (also known as Coxy) doesn't like to think of himself as a close-up magician, but rather a close-up entertainer. His act isn't just about card tricks, or sawing a lady in half. The approach is interactive, and considering his past exploits and accomplishments, there is not an audience he cannot control and thoroughly entertain. Clients include Vauxhall Motors; Welcome to Britain; Mercedes Benz; British Aerospace; Royal Officer's Club of Buckingham Palace; Ashfield Polo Club; and Jim Henson Productions. Martin's also been seen working the crowds at movie premiers such as "Casper The Friendly Ghost". Television appearances include: "Making It Magic" episode of Metro land, ITV; "Who Would Hire You?", BBC3; and recently completed shooting an appearance for "Animal Road Show", ITV, airing Summer 2005. Martin a past Chairman of the Watford Association of Magicians and past President of the Fez Magic Club. He is a member of the Magic Circle, MIMC, The International Brotherhood of Magicians and ACE Magic Club of Stevenage. Awards are many and include The Rovi Trophy and Alistair Wand from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Edgar Crook Cup for close-up magic, The Norman Green for Technical Merit, and The Billy McComb trophy. In 2003 he won the British Magical Championship of Comedy with his act 'CosMik'. He has performed 6 times at the 4F's in New York where he earned a 'Bachelor of Arts' degree in magic. Martin has also appeared at Hollywood's premiere private magic club, The Magic Castle.

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Will Fern
I can't deny it...I'm a lucky guy. I'm what a wanted to be when I was 7 years old. I took a crazy route to get here, but I ultimately listened to my inner 3rd grader, and that's made all the difference. Like most magicians, my first experience with a magician as a boy led me to a library. In this case, it was my big brother's high school math teacher and track coach, John Mitsopoulos. He visited our house one night for dinner, and graciously offered to share his magic hobby with our family. In a word, I was stupefied by his close-up magic and card tricks. I had to know how he did it. Really had to know. Especially, where that red scarf went. So, off I was to my local library in Piscataway, and there I found my first magic book. I have a copy it on my shelf right now, along with about 2,000 other books I've collected along the way. Since then it's been the world's best hobby, and since leaving corporate America in 1992, it's been my career. I'm lucky enough to do a wide variety of events, around 250 or so every year, and I love each challenge; weddings, bar mitzvahs, trade shows, kid's parties, theaters, team building, golf tournaments, fundraisers, sales meetings, product launches, nursing homes, summer camps, and on and on. Every week is different and every day I make new friends. It's taken me from local restaurants, including The Frog and The Peach, in New Brunswick, where I started as the house magician, to several resorts and hotels in Barbados, to corporate hospitality suites all around the country, over to Europe, Russia, down to New Zealand, and even to Hollywood, at the world famous Magic Castle. Next stop...Abbotts Magic Get Together!

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Michael Trixx
With a background in music Trixx combines his two passions, Rock N' Roll and Magic to give an unforgettable performance. Live doves and parakeets appearing and vanishing from thin air, levitations, confetti blizzards, and fire magic second to none all make for a rockin' good time. Trixx has been seen on NBC's America's Got Talent and at clubs all over the States and London and is the 2009 Florida State Magic Convention's Stage Show Contest Champion. Michael Has performed for the likes of rock stars Motley Crue and Slash to President Jimmy Carter. Awards include First Place, Daytona Beach Festival of Magic, 2009, Magician of the Year, 2010, First Place, Magic at the Beach, 2010, First Place, Magic at the Beach, 2012 to name a few. We certainly are looking forward to this unique experience when Michael visits the Abbott Magic Get Together this August!

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John Ferrentino
New York comedian John Ferrentino's career has span over forty years. He is an inventor of illusions and a true pioneer in the field of stand up comedy magic. John has appeared on over fifty television shows including HBO, VH1, SHOWTIME, A&E and the COMEDY CHANNEL and was a regular guest on FOX’S COMIC STRIP LIVE for five years in addition to performing as the opening act for Crosby Stills and Nash. John has performed around the world on every major cruise line. He is also a regular performer at the world famous MAGIC CASTLE in Hollywood. John Ferrentino, who had been one of the first regular comedians on the pioneering nightly television comedy show, “Comedy Tonight”, was beginning to pile quite an impressive list of appearances during the explosion of cable television shows devoted to the comedy craze. He has, in fact, done 37 television appearances in the last 4 years, including the “MTV Half Hour Comedy Hour”, “Showtime’s Comedy Club Network”, “Comedy on the Road Hour”, “Evening at the Improv” and “Stand-Up Spotlight” on VH-1, just to name a few. He’s also been featured on convention, the Tannen’s Jubilee. He has also co-produced the New York Magic Symposium in both New York and California. He has appeared as a featured performer at the World Summit of Magic in Washington, DC., at the Society of American Magicians gala and for the Society of Magicians on numerous occasions.

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Jason Michaels
Jason Michaels has shared his style of magic and illusion all over the world, from Las Vegas to London to Baghdad, Iraq. In his hit show 'Jason Michaels Live!', Jason involves your audience directly in the show and blows their minds with extremely visual magic, engaging true stories, and interactive comedy. Jason is equally comfortable on a cruise ship's or performing arts center's stage as he is travelling to the Middle East to 'Wow!' the men and women of the US Armed Forces. Jason has performed for far too many companies and universities to list here, but a few are NBC. FedEx, Symantec Corporation, Merrill Lynch, State Farm Insurance, HCA, and Louisiana Pacific. Universities include Louisiana State University, Washington State University, Auburn University, Belmont University, Coastal Carolina University, Allegheny College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical College, and Furman University just to name a few. In addition to his work with the armed services he has performer for Martina McBride, Rodney Atkins, and Leann Rimes.

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Takamiz Usui
Takamiz is a magic creator in Japan. In 2013, he published the groundbreaking DVD, "The Cube”, in which the one of useful method was shown for the first time in the history of Rubik’s Cube magic along with a number of effects applying this method. Takamiz can be attributed to the current trend of using the Rubik's cube within the magic community as many new releases are based on the his method. Takamiz continued to push Rubik's cube tricks a lot. He published many tricks variety of effects and he appeared Penguin live lecture as the only Japanese artist. He had a standing ovation at the 4F Convention every single time in 2016 to 2019, whose world class performers are "invitation only". There are some acts that are only shown in the 4F convention. However you can see them at this time. Experience the evolving Rubik's Cube tricks. You can also learn about unpublished works and many useful ideas in his lectures.

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Christian & Katalina
Christian & Katalina are the #1 Husband and Wife Comedy Mind Reading Act in the Nation. They have created a fun, yet mystifying act that infuses modern day repartee with psychological illusions. Visualize one part Candid Camera, one part Twilight Zone, and one part Gomez and Morticia. Christian & Katalina are able to engage authentically with audiences of all ages spanning the nation and always have the ability to shock, startle, and yes, create laughter for audience members as they witness the impossible. Christian initially began performing as a stand up comic at comedy clubs. With his quick wit and ability to interact with the audience, he realized that not only did he enjoy performing, but he also had a natural ability to entertain. He wanted to create a unique act so he spent many years working on the integration of illusion and comedy. As the act grew and people loved it, the audience wanted more illusions. While in the Army in Europe, Christian joined up with a very talented magician and performer named Timo Marc. Together they began doing corporate work and performing arts centers. They developed ideas and routines that they both still use today. Unfortunately, Christian had to return to the United States and bid farewell to his good friend Timo. Katalina was unaware she would soon be on stage with Christian. She was always involved with the show, but only in producing and managing. Christian enjoyed the energy of two people on stage and convinced her to join him. And the rest is history as they have been performing together ever since. Of course, working with your wife has its own set of challenges and soon those tribulations became the core of his new show with his wife. Audiences love the interaction of a married couple that can entertain.

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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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Chezaday
You know the name, you’ve heard the rumors … most of which are true. Now it’s time to see with your own eyes what all the excitement is about. The Magic of Chezaday combines the art of illusion with the driving sounds of rock & roll, an explosive mixture that has taken the magic scene by storm! With sellout performances nationwide and numerous television appearances, Chezaday has captured the imagination of young and old. Prepare yourself ... he’s destined to invade a town near you, namely Colon Michigan and the Magic Get Together! For over two decades, Steve Chezaday has thrilled spectators of all ages with magic that challenges the imagination. With his energetic style, Chezaday strives to create new and innovative illusions to astound his audience. Chezaday has truly become a rising star in the world of magic!

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Kevin Heller
As a child, Kevin Heller was obsessed with becoming a magician. Throughout the years, he has meticulously studied thousands of books, watched literally thousands of magic shows, and through thousands of performances has spent countless years developing a magical style that he could call his own. At 14 years old, Kevin performed his first "paid gig" for which he was paid $25. Times have sure changed and the days of the $25 booking are long gone, but so are the days of the $25 show. Today, Kevin tours throughout the midwest with what has been described as a roller coaster ride of magic, comedy and illusion. Along with his wife Robin, the couple has become a magical tour de force. From the smallest banquet rooms to the largest grandstands and theaters, Kevin and Robin have presented their unforgettable style of magic for corporate and private events, schools and colleges, fairs, festivals and theaters throughout the Midwest.

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Glenda Mann
Glenda and Mike Mann provide Presentations to complement church and secular activities. This married couple has been working together for many years. Glenda astounds the audience with her polished magic presentations, and Mike jokes with a variety of his puppets using ventriloquism. This adds comedy and variety to their presentation. This team approach is original and fast paced.

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Scott Alexander
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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Jarol Martin
Jarol Martin was born in Cuba Santa Clara City, Villa Clara. Throughout his years as a young boy, Jarol felt a great interest in the secrets of illusionism and performance magic. At the age of nine, Jarol's stepfather teaches him his first magic tricks, marking the beginning of his career and discovering his extraordinary passion. At the age of thirteen, Jarol entered “La Casa de la Cultura” (“The House of Culture”), a place where talent is encouraged, and he began his career as a magic aficionado. He went on to obtain numerous prizes and achievements, as well as to participate in a variety of activities within the community, and at schools and competitive festivals. After becoming well-known for his entertainment skills, Jarol was individually and personally selected by the Theater Group Santa Clara, to become part of a cultural project that would travel to some of the most unreachable and hidden places of the country. He also was selected for a National Tour with “Disco Show de Rey,” becoming the youngest Artist of the Year at that time. For the following five years, Jarol worked in one of the most prestigious tourist hotels in his natal city called “La Granjita.” At age twenty two, he began performing nightly in the most popular tourist region in Cuba – Varadero, entertaining tourists from all over the world. During this decade, Jarol created the show “Chicos Magicos/ “Magic Boys,” in which he combined both magic and dance performance.

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Alain Nu
Headlining at casinos and theaters all over the world, and as a regular at Caesars Palace Las Vegas for four years, The Man Who Knows is at the top of his performance game. Alain was an honored guest-headliner performing as the premier mind-reader in Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new specially designed, Illusionarium Theater, which showcases the world’s most amazing talent. Alain has entertained at THREE Presidential Inaugural Balls, for numerous top politicos of Capitol Hill, has publicly predicted The Oscars and The Golden Globe Awards with startling accuracy, and can similarly customize special programs to fit specific themes for all kinds of public and private events. How does he do it? While Alain Nu is reluctant to reveal his especially sensitive powers, he acknowledges that his uncanny effects incorporate elements of probability, psychology, suggestion, professional techniques and good timing. First, and most importantly, he considers himself an entertainer.

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George Schindler
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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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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Jerry Burgess
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 The Only giving a "Famous Magician Graveyard Tour" actually has its roots in 1993, when Karrell Fox gave Al and his lifelong buddy, Jeff Bibik, a private tour. In 2008, Hank Moorehouse and the Abbott’s staff asked Al to continue the tradition of taking people out to Lakeside Cemetery to hear the stories of the magicians buried there. Since then, Al has been giving this tour every Get Together and it is one popular event! He has even authored the book “"The Magic Graveyard – The stories and secrets of the magicians resting in a small town cemetery…and why they’re buried there!” available from Abbott’s Magic Company. Al The Only also has been running the Colon Golf “No Frills” Golf Classic since 1990. It’s the first "official/non-official" Get Together event! Every Wednesday of Magic Week, magician attendees of the Get Together, from around world, meet at 8am at St. Joe Valley Golf Club in Nottawa, Michigan for a friendly round of golf. No dinner, no door prizes and no raffles…talk about “no frills! A plaque is given to the Golfer of the Year (the GOTY) with their name inscribed on a large trophy housed in the Abbott’s Magic Company plant. The “Jim Oakley, Reese’s Cup, Closest to the Pin” plaque is also awarded. In 2000, Al and his wife, Lori The Onlyette, packed up stakes in Michigan and move to Maui, Hawaii. Each year the couple makes their return pilgrimage to Colon to attend the Abbott’s Get Togethers. Al, a full time professional magician since 1980, has performed across the world and been featured in many publications and magazines such as "Crain's Small Business", "Money", and "Success", for his work in Corporate America. Each year Al flies in excess of 100,000 miles performing and entertaining at company banquets, cocktail parties and hospitality suites. (You can also find Al working at trade shows and sales meetings.) Most recently, as a way to give back, Al “The Respect Guy” speaks to children in elementary schools across the country about positive behavior and bully prevention with his school assembly program called “The R.O.A.R. Show – Respect Others Act Responsibly.” "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 and that’s what brings him back to Colon each year since 1974, his love of magic and even more, the people in it. “Even my phone number is magical, it spells ‘TRICKY-1’ 808-874-2591.” 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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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's magic has been enjoyed by thousands of people throughout the country. Her wit and charm have pleased audiences at many corporation parties, conventions, trade shows, and festivals. She has performed at the prestige Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA (the premiere location for magic in the United States) as well as such noted resorts as Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, Michigan, the Mississippi Queen River Boat, and The Greenbrier White, Sulpher Springs WV. Jania is a respected member of the Society of American Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, the British Magic Circle, and was honored by her peers for showmanship at the Abbott's Magic Get-Together. Representing 3% of women performing magic, she brings a refreshing touch of elegance to the art.

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Joe Bennett
Joe started down the road of magic in 1992 and has not looked back. He has won many awards including the 2001 IBM Ring 211 "Best Original Trick" contest, First Place at the 2006 Michigan Magic Day Close-Up Competition and First Place at the 2013 Abbott's Close-Up Convention. His magic was also featured in the 2007 documentary film, "Street of Cards". His clients have included: Flowserv, Ghallagers Restaurant, Paw Paw Chambre of Commerce, The Sugar Bear Ice Cream Parlor, Lawton SummerFest, Novo 1, and Oshtemo Fun Day. This is Joe's 21st Abbott's Get-Together and also his 4th season as a street performer. You will recognize him on the streets by his signature illusion, the Linking Hula Hoops.

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Trino
Trino commingles comedy and theatrical feats alongside a backdrop of popular music, presenting an energetic and thoroughly modern take on the art of illusion. At once cheeky and charming, the finely coiffed Trino creatively interweaves audience participation with stand alone miracles that wow and woo audiences of all ages. Trino is a versatile entertainer who has had his slight-of-hands in wide ranging productions from college and corporate events to private soirées and company parties. Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Magic of Trino is sure to keep audiences talking long after the show.

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Jonathon LaChance
Jonathon LaChance has made a career out of simultaneously blowing minds and splitting sides at theaters and festivals across the country. His illusions and comedy magic have been showcased on ABC, FOX and NBC’s The Today show. His youthful-charm has been a centerpiece of The Magic of Harry Potter and other main stage events. LaChance’s one-man show, Laugh Magic LIVE! has toured to sold-out theaters, headlined comedy clubs and is invited back by corporate clients year after year. It’s no surprise that Jonathon was voted “Best Magician in the Family” – two years running!

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Welcome to the Magic Capital of the World. Abbott's Magic mission is simple: to provide the best magic products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take great pride in our company (which has been doing business since 1934), our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell. Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog. The Abbott plant provides year round employment for our staff. More than 50,000 square feet is divided into the following departments: Business Offices, Printing Department, Art Department, Silk Dyeing, Computer Room, Sewing Assembly, Silk Screen Processing, Blacksmith Shop, Lathe, and Precision Metal Work, Plastic and Chemicals, Metal Casting, Tool and Die Making, Shipping, Experimental, Wood Working, Sheet Metal Shop, Stock Room, Paint Shop, Showrooms, Demonstration Stage and Magic Theatre. Our phenomenal success proves that we are the recognized leaders in magic - not only in America but the entire world. We are credited with instituting real and modern innovations for the benefit of buyers of magical apparatus - proof enough of our sincerity in wanting to give those buyers a fair deal always. Our factory facilities are such that we are in the position to make anything in magic. Also we own our factory buildings - the only buildings in the world designed for the sole purpose of manufacturing magic. Abbott's leads the entire magic field in producing original magic effects. To us, your first order is the beginning of a lasting friendship in magic. Abbotts is the publisher of Tops Magazine (30's - 50's), New Tops Magazine (60's - 90's), and most recently our free online version the Newest Tops Magazine with informative articles by some of todays top magic performers. Abbotts Magic Shop and Abbotts Magic Get Together have been in business since 1934. Annual events include the Closeup Magic Convention, Summer Magic shows at the Abbott magic plant, a 4 day Magic Convention in August aka Magic Get Together, and Magic Flea Market and Auction. The Magic Get Together magic convention is well over 70 years old and has had many of the worlds greatest magicians perform on its magic stage including Blackstone Sr, Blackstone Jr, Karrell Fox, Lance Burton, Mac King, Jeff McBride, Jeff Hobson, Harlan Tarbell,Cardini, Neil Foster, and about 900 more. Publications include Tops Magic Magazine, Abbotts Illusions, Colon MI aka the Magic Capital of the World, Abbott Magic Movies, Abbott's Magic Compendium, and Abbott's Magic Catalog which includes thousands of magic tricks, magic books, and magic illusions for magicians of all ages and all magician skill levels including beginner magician and professional magician. Abbott's believes that this website, www.magicgettogether.com, is the largest magic site dealing with a magic conventions in the world. To keep up with the latest at Abbott's be sure to sign up for our newsletter and visit our other sites - Abbott Magic Shop, Newest Tops Magazine. Abbott Closeup Convention, Abbott Flea Market