Abbott's 80th Get Together Performers & Lecturers
Aug 2-5, 2017 - 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.
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 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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Since 1974, David Charvet has been performing, creating and writing about magic. History is David's passion and he credits his father for his appreciation of things past. When David was 18 he began capturing the task of capturing the story of Jack and Anne Gwynne. In 1986 he published his book on the pair (Jack Gwynne: The Man, His Mind, and His Royal Family of Magic). However for David, history isn't just in the written word. In 1990 recreated the Gwynnes vaudeville act as a feature at the I.B.M. convention. At the 75th Magic Get Together, David performed some of the greatest classical magic of all time when he reprised his role as none other than Harry Blackstone Jr (with Gay's blessing). David's awards include Literary Award from the Milbourne Christoper Foundation and Society of American Magicians Magic Hall of Fame; Award of Merit from the International Brotherhood of Magicians; Associate of the Inner Magic Circle (AIMC) - London.
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Chris Hart's talented hands have found him work in several movies and TV spots, including "Idle Hands," "Angel," "Quicksilver Highway," and "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine." His sleight-of-hand magic has also been featured in national television commercials for McDonald's, Honda, RCA, and others. He has twice been awarded "Stage Magician of the Year" by Hollywood's Magic Castle, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally awarded him the top prize at the "Grand Prix Magique" held in Monte Carlo. In 2011, Christopher Hart joined an all-star cast of magicians in the touring show based on the award winning TV series "Masters of Illusion," entitled "Masters of Illusion Live!"Chris is also famous for playing "Thing," the disembodied hand, in three Addams Family movies: The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and Addams Family Reunion.
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What would you have if you combined the hilarious expressions of Mr. Bean with the creativity of Buster Keaton, the agileness of Dick Van Dyke, the spontaneity of Robin Williams, the gentleness of Red Skelton and the wonder of Houdini and rolled them all up in one? Ardan James - The Animated Illusionist. Mr. James started as a ventriloquist but found that neither he nor the dummy were verbally funny...so he taught himself pantomime. While completing his degree in the media arts and a minor in education, he worked in a magic store. It was a few years later that he put together his favorite areas of each of the arts, and with audience participation, developed his award-winning act. Some of these awards include the Steffen Comedy Magic Award, S.A.M. Magical Excellence Award, Milbourne Christopher Award, Multiple 1st place S.A.M. Awards, and the World Magic Festival Winner in China. Ardan has opened for many Hollywood performers including Gary Shandling, Howie Mandel, and Ray Romano.
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A couple summers ago, Greg and I were on the road with a dealer booth. At this particular convention, Richard Turner was performing a one man show each night. I didn't know anything about him, but was curious. I arrived late so I did not hear any introductions or background. I sat down and watched as a man demonstrated things with cards that did not seem possible, even to a room full of magicians! For ten minutes different cheating techniques were shown- as well as invisible things can be shown, and my mind was melting... but then... I had a sudden awestruck realization- the man I was watching, the man that was fooling my eyes impossibly, could not see a thing that he was doing! Richard Turner is blind! At that point I was having a religious experience. Imagine yourself at a Ray Charles concert and Ray brings someone onstage, then explains that at any point an audience member can say stop, then Ray will lift his hands and the person on stage can rearrange the keys to their desire. Then someone else can say go and Ray will immediately pick up the song from where he left off. This was happening, except with playing cards rather than piano keys. To this day I am stunned by what I witnessed. I am so happy that I will have a chance to see him again and so will you, in Colon at the 80th Abbott's Magic Get Together August 2-5, 2017!
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Mark Kalin & Jinger
Mark Kalin and Jinger Leigh are an award-winning American magic couple known for large-scale stage shows and for appearances on network television specials. Jinger is both an on-stage and business partner to husband Kalin. In 1997, they formed Supreme Entertainment Productions and produced Before Your Very Eyes, a themed revue that played at Trump's Marina in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In 1999, together with comedy magician Jeff Hobson, they staged the magic-illusion show Carnival of Wonders.The show won awards and prompted Magic Magazine to draw comparisons with Le Roy, Talma & Bosco. In 2001, Kalin & Jinger purchased the remaining company interest in Supreme Entertainment and formed a new company, Majikal Productions, employing the talents of magician and former Copperfield choreographer Joanie Spina and leading illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer. Their first venture under the new company name was Illusionarium at the Reno Hilton, in Reno, Nevada. Their current projects include Magic Underground a dedicated magic venue in Reno. Kalin and Jinger have made numerous television appearances. They featured in the Gary Ouellet-produced World's Greatest Magic II in 1995 and NBC's Hidden Secrets of Magic in 1996. On the 1998 network special The World's Most Dangerous Magic, Kalin performed the "Table of Terror" (a "Table of Death" style escape).
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An expert at sleight-of-hand and illusion, Jeff Bibik adds a zany comedy twist and the result is first-rate entertainment! He began by performing at family parties, while at the same time perfecting his close up magic and sleight of hand at lounges and restaurants around his home town, Detroit. Jeff has sinced performed at amusement parks, resorts, aboard cruise ships, on television, and at comedy clubs. He’s always in great demand to entertain with his award winning shows at social and business events around Chicago and across the country. In addition to his comedy and magic, Bibik also features amazing palm readings and an incredible hypnotism show that examines the depths of the mind’s power. Jeff is recognized in the magic industry as a lecturer, author, performer and inventor of magical effects. He has won numerous awards, and has also consulted on special effects for theater, movies and ad campaigns.
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“The hardest-working man in comedy” (Time Out NY) and “one of the most unique acts you’ll ever see” (am New York), Harrison is one of Comedy Central’s “Comics to Watch” and winner of the Andy Kaufman Award. On television, Harrison has been featured on AXS.TV’s Gotham Comedy Live and was the warm-up comic for Katie, Katie Couric’s talk show on ABC. As a magician, Harrison was named one of "today's best" by Newsday and will be appearing on the CW’s Masters of Illusion and National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games. The most requested performer at Monday Night Magic, the longest-running- Off-Broadway magic show in New York, Harrison has also performed at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Mystery Lounge in Boston, and was one of only 30 magicians chosen to perform at the International Festival of Magic, Illusion, and the Unusual in Louisville, Kentucky. Harrison is a counselor at Tannen’s Magic Camp and has been an advisor to the Society of Young Magicians in Boston and New York for almost a decade. Harrison’s solo comedy and magic show, Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened?, was a sold-out smash at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and ran Off-Broadway for two months.
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Rob Zabrecki has been a regular performer at the Magic Castle since 2002. In 2011 and 2012 he was voted “Stage Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle. In 2014 and 2015 he was voted "Parlour Magician of the Year" by the same organization. He has also been the featured magician at annual magic conventions worldwide and appeared on the cover of magic-related journals and periodicals including Genii, Reel Magic and the Mandala. The Zabrecky Hour, a one-man variety show, directed by John Lovick and Tommi Zabrecky, was premiered and developed at the Steve Allen Theater from 2010 - 2016. The show featured highlights from his Magic Castle act, song & dance, conversations with the moon and audience interaction. After Zabrecky performed on Penn & Teller's Penn & Teller: Fool Us in August 2016, Penn Jillette said "We were trying to think if there's ever been a mentalist doing a mentalist act that was sincerely funny and sincerely good. You may be the first ever."
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After graduating from U of M, Mark left the Midwest and went to the West Coast where he performed regularly at The Comedy Store and The Magic Castle before beginning a 25 year career in casino showrooms. Mark is now one of the most successful comedy magic acts in the world. He has performed as an opening act for some of the biggest celebrities in show business: Tom Jones, Elvis Costello, Lou Rawls, Tony Orlando, Dom Delouise, Terry Fator, Frankie Valli, and many more. He has worked consistently in the most prestigious casinos and shows in Las Vegas, Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City. (MGM, Venetian, Caesars, Hilton, Harrahs etc). He has appeared on dozens of television shows including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. Kornhauser has invented comedy/magic illusions which have become modern day standards. He has been a magic consultant and/or writer for Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Terry Fator, and other top tier professional magicians, comics, and entertainers.
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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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Dynamike has the ability to combine comedy with magic to put a sparkle in the children’s eyes as they watch his amazing act. He also has a way of interacting with the children so they understand what he is trying to express – he is truly a kid specialist magician. A veteran of several White House performances and a past winner of Curly’s Closeup Contest, Dynamike brings boundless energy to the stage which the kids can respond to. Dynamike has appeared on every local network television station in the Detroit area and even baffled Judge Mathis in his own courtroom on the Judge Mathis Show. He was a consultant to Richard Karn during the filming of a television special in Detroit, and most recently performed at Aretha Franklin's annual Christmas party, a VIP Detroit event for sure.
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Keith Stickley is the comedy magician who has audiences raving from Las Vegas to Hong Kong to Chicago. Add one part magician to one part comedian, throw in a dash of classic Las Vegas style and get ready to experience an unforgettably grand time with magical entertainer Keith Stickley! This year Keith will be hosting the "Return of the Great American Side Show" during the 80th Abbott Get Together. This will take place during intermission at each of the evening shows and will feature a different event each evening. Where else but Abbott's and the Magic Capital could you ever see such a thing!
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For the fourth 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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Adam created and produced his own national touring show The Doppelganger Circus Sideshow. The Doppelgangers performed with an array of alternative rock bands, burlesque troupes, and other variety acts. They headlined their own stage at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare in Chicago. They did a promotional tour for Hollywood director Darren Lynn Bousman's feature film The Devils Carnival. They also appeared on season 7 of Americas Got Talent.
Adam also worked closely with magician and sideshow impresario Tim Deremer's Palace of Illusions Show. Adam has become one of Metro-Detroit's most requested entertainers. He performs regularly at casinos, colleges, fairs, festivals, corporate events, amusement parks, steampunk and horror conventions and punk rock bars.
Adam has a penchant for vintage and obscure entertainment. His performance is a throwback to a time when traveling magicians and carnival sideshows pushed the envelope of live entertainment. He is currently working with magician Keith Stickley and The Suitcase Sideshow.
A show which is dedicated to carrying on the tradition of the American sideshow. The Suitcase Sideshow features a full 10 in 1 sideshow complete with fire eaters, sword swallowers, the bed of nails and some of the most bizarre acts ever seen.
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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 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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The award winning magic of Trino has been seen by thousands of people. His contemporary, original, and hilarious entertainment is sure to please families, college students, high schools and corporate events throughout Michigan. With a unique style, Trino has helped bring magic up to date by using a combination of popular music, comedy, and theatrics. Some of the awards this young man has already won are the Abbotts Closeup Convention Competition - First Place, Michigan Magic Day Junior Closeup - First Place, Curly's 21st Annual Closeup Classic - First Place, West Michigan's Got Talent - First Place
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Jonathon LaChance is one of the youngest magicians currently amazing audiences across the state of Michigan today. With his upbeat Comedy Illusion Show Jonathon is credited to many accomplishments from performing on the NBC Today Show, Headline Act During Magic In Lapeer, 2015 Curly Close-up classic winner, Indy Magic Monthly performer and being a returning act to many resorts and events across the state for the past 6 years. In addition to his illusion show, Jonathon got his start in magic as a busker. At the young age of 14 Jonathon found himself performing in front of crowds of 20 to 1000+! Jonathon's Comedy street show has hit some of the busiest hotspots in Michigan from Mackinaw City/ Island, Petoskey, St. Ignace, Frankenmuth and many of the biggest fairs across the state!
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