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A Magic Festival of Events at Abbott's 80th Get Together

In addition to the 5 shows (4 evening, 1 closeup), don't miss any of the following
great events as the entire city celebrates a festival of magic AUG 2-5 2017

For more info and pics on any of these special events click on the name below or scroll down for all events!

Colon Street Performers
Saturday Benefit Matinee
Dealers on Parade
Magic Capital of the World
Magic Ministers with Jerry Burgess
Creativity Lecture
Showroom Specials
Slightly Irregular Book Sale
Vent O Rama with George Schindler
Lakeside Cemetery Tour with Al the Only
Colon Historical Museum Magic Exhibit
Abbott Talent Contest
28th Golf Classic with Al the Only
Abbotts Friday Fireworks Show
26th Curly's Closeup Contest
Colon Arts & Craft Show
Traditional Family Magic Shows
River Lake Inn Magic Shows
Live Organ Music
Face Painting
Great American Sideshow
Magic & More Live
Quad Book Signing

Sponsored by the Colon Chamber of Commerce
For the first time you will know who is performing where in the streets of Colon

Colon Busking Experience

What an outstanding free event this is. The Colon Chamber of Commerce and John Sturk have put together some of the best buskers in the world to perform on the streets of Colon during the Get Together. This year we have TWELVE, count em TWELVE scheduled street performances during the 80th Get Together!

Wed Aug 2 Noon - Jania Taylor outside M&M Grill
Wed Aug 2 2:00 PM - Joe Bennettoutside Berkshire Hathaway
Thu Aug 3 Noon - John Sturk outside Dawn & Phils
Thu Aug 3 2:00PM - Joe Bennett outside Curly's
Fri Aug 4 11AM - Thom Bedlam outside Dawn & Phils
Fri Aug 4 Noon - Magic of Trino outside Village Market
Fri Aug 4 1:00PM - Jonathan LaChance at Craft Fair
Fri Aug 4 4:30PM - Magic of Trino outside 5 Star Pizza
Sat Aug 5 11AM - Jania Taylor at Craft Fair
Sat Aug 5 Noon - Thom Bedlam outside American Legion
Sat Aug 5 3PM - John Sturk outside Historical Museum
Sat Aug 5 4PM - Magic of Trino outside 5 Star Pizza

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Colon Busking Experience

$10 per ticket - Discounts available for Seniors and Kids
Sat Aug 5 at 2pm - Proceeds Benefits the Colon Lions Club

Saturday Benefit Matinee

A very special Illusion Show will take place at 2pm on Saturday August 5th (Benefit Matinee for the Colon Lions Club) David Charvet & Company will present an illusion show featuring illusions and magic made at Abbott's magic over the course of its 80 year history. This project has been in the works for over a year and geared specifically for presentation at the 80th Get Together, so you don't want to miss this event. Although part of the Magic Get Together, the price is not included in your registration so tickets to this event have to be purchased separately at $10 per person (discounts available for kids and seniors).

One of the coolest things at this event is that the winner of the talent contest is invited to perform their act at this event, so the show has a built in mystery performer that always makes it unique.

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Saturday Benefit Matinee

Magic Get Together Dealers Room
Since the 75th Get Together the dealers room has been open to the public!

Dealers on Parade

The dealers room is open everyday during the Get Together and one day each dealer takes to the stage to demo their best magic for sale at their booth. Some of the dealers expected for 2017 are listed below.

  • BJW Magical Jewelers
  • Abbott Magic
  • Slightly Irregular Book Sale
  • John Gregit Magic List
  • Bob Little
  • Marty Hahne
  • SWC Magic
  • Eric Ross

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  • Dealers on Parade

    Colon Michigan
    The entire town celebrates Magic Week during the Get Together!

    Magic Week

    The Village of Colon doubles in population during Magic Week (Aug 2 - 5 2017) and many great events take place in the town. First lets not forget Colon's significance to Magic and Michigan history as it is a Michigan Historical (Site P24712 Honoring Colon & Blackstone).

    Individual shops have their own specials and events each year. Colon also has 3 magic shops in town and there are usually used magic sales going on around the city. Not a day goes by without street performances by magicians, musicians, and other entertainers. Friday and Saturday are accented with barbecues on the street as well as many delicacies served both inside and outside. Each year is different and each event very special so stop by this year and check it out, there is truly nothing better than Colon Michigan during Magic Week Aug 2 - 5 2017!

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    Magic Week

    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.

    Magic Ministers
    Jerry Burgess 2017 Host

    Drawing upon his unusual background as a medical doctor and a professional illusionist, Dr. Jerry Burgess 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). Dr. Jerry Burgess 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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    Magic Ministers
    Jerry Burgess 2017 Host

    Lectures every day, but this one is special
    Includes the entire cast of the Friday evening show


    Abbott's has a very special "Creativity" lecture planned on Thursday August 3rd where 6 performers (Mike Caveney, Tina Lenert, Mark Kornhauser, Rob Zabrecki, Ardan James, and Chris Hart) from the Friday evening show (which will take place the next day), will discuss what is probably the most important feature in any act, but so often overlooked. This very special lecture (along with 4 other lectures during the week by Gene Anderson, Richard Turner, Mark Kornhauser, and Rob Zabrecki) are included in your full registration.

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    Get a head start on your magic shopping!
    Incredible variety of magic available at the dealers room.

    Super Showroom Special

    This year we have 5 items in our Super Showroom Sale, they are (click link to see a demo)

    Mc Sandwich Regular $48, Sale $20
    Organ Pipes Regular $90, Sale $35
    Karrell Fox DVD Regular $42, Sale $15
    Oil over Troubled Water Regular $48, Sale $20
    Xerox deck Regular $48, Sale $20

    These 5 items are in limited quantity and will be available for sale at 10:30am Wednesday in the dealers room and the 5 items will be priced BELOW WHOLESALE!. While supplies last, not available at our website (at least not at these prices). A true dealers room only special.

    The dealers room is free to visit and special deals abound. Magic that cannot be found anywhere else in the world you will find here. The Abbott booth alone is gigantic so to help you find what you are looking for we made up a partial inventory of what will be available at the Abbott booth. We don't include basics like linking rings, ropes, trick coins and cards - but do include some of the unique magic Abbotts makes and gets in from all over the world. To view the current inventory list and see some of the items Abbott's will have at its booth click here. Remember, Abbott's is just one of many dealers this year at the Get Together.

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    Super Showroom Special

    While They Last
    It begins at 10:30am Aug 2nd in the Dealers Room

    Slightly Irregular Book Sale

    What happens when a magic shop gets a book with a minor imperfection such as a bent cover or a folded page? What happens if you buy 20 magic books and only sell 2 of them in a year? You sell the items at the Slightly Irregular Book Sale (wholesale or lower in most cases) once a year to help clear inventory.

    To view our latest list of discounted books click here.

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    Slightly Irregular Book Sale

    George Schindler is your host for this fantastic event
    Learn Ventriloquism the fun way from the author of "Magic with your Voice"!


    George Schindler (and friends) takes you step by step through the basics of ventriloquism and demonstrates everything along the way. You do not need a puppet! You do not need any special equipment or talent to do this, and the entire family can learn and be entertained at the same time. Highly recommended for everyone who wants to add a touch of fun to their act!

    A past national president of the Society of American Magicians who has also been elected to the SAM Hall of Fame, George Schindler serves on the board of trustees of the Society of American Magicians Endowment Fund. He is the chairman of the Houdini Hospital Fund. He is a member of the IBM, MAES, the Magic Circle of London, the Australian Society of Magicians and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Milbourne Christopher Foundation.

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    Al the Only
    Al continues a wonderful Get Together tradition

    Magic Cemetery Tour

    Al The Only takes you on a tour of the Colon cemetery where many famous magicians are buried. Al explains who each magician was, what they did and some insight about them in his own, inimitable way. This tour is a favorite project of Al's. Why? One reason could be that in 1993 Karrell Fox gave Al the same tour, check it out here

    Al The Only 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. Al wrote a book about the cemetery based on much of the research he did for this tour, its called The Magic Graveyard

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    Magic Cemetery Tour

    Check out Colon's Magical History
    at the Colon Historical Mueseum!

    Colon Magic Exhibit

    The Community Historical Society of Colon was organized in 1974 to promote interest in all aspects of the history of Colon and the surrounding area. To help fulfill its purpose the society established and today maintains the museum which opened on July 4th, 1976.

    You could almost call the Museum's Magic Exhibit Colon's own "Magic Hall of Fame" as you will see articles and items from many of the past performers who have graced the Abbott stage. The museum is opened Aug 2-5 during the 80th Get Together from 2pm till 4:30 pm.

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    Colon Magic Exhibit

    Abbotts Magic Get Together
    See the talent of tomorrow today !

    Stage Talent Contest

    Not only do you see the future talent of magic, you can be a part of it because registered members who watch the talent competition are given a vote for what they think is the best act. Some of the past performers who have participated in the talent contest as teenagers are listed below.

  • Lance Burton
  • Mac King
  • Jeff Hobson
  • Franz Harary
  • David Kotkin (aka David Copperfield) For those who would like to compete in this event, go to our Talent Contest Page for rules, application, and all the details.

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  • Stage Talent Contest

    28th Annual
    All registrants of the Get-Together who like to golf are welcome!

    No Frills Golf Classic

    You need to be at the 28th Annual Open Colon “No Frills” Golf Classic, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8am.

    St. Joe Valley Golf Club
    24953 M-86
    Nottawa, MI 49091
    (269) 467-6275

    Call Al The Only 1-808-874-2591 for more information or to confirm a tee time. This is open to all golfers who are registered for the Abbott’s Magic Get-Together. The cost is $10 plus the cart and golf fees. The course has clubs for rent, but please call them 1-269-467-6275 to reserve a set. PM, text, e-mail ( or call Al at 1-808-874-2591 to let me know that you’ll be joining us.

    FORE a history of this event click here!!!

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    No Frills Golf Classic

    Abbott Magic in conjunction with Sparkle Presents
    Join us after the Friday show for a huge fireworks display

    Magic Week Fireworks

    Fireworks after the Friday evening show have been a tradition at the Abbott Magic Get Together for a very long time. The show takes about 15 - 20 minutes outside of the Colon High School and can be viewed from miles away. The firework show is the perfect finale to a family outing at the Get Together and makes any summer that much more magical! Check out this video from a few years back of the Firework Finale. To the best of our knowledge, the Abbott Magic Get Together is the ONLY magic convention that has a full scale firework show.

    Sparkle does this for the magicians and the family because we love you!

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    Magic Week Fireworks

    The New Curly's Bar and Grill
    Join us after the Thursday show for the 26th Curly's Closeup Contest

    Curly's Closeup Contest

    Curly's is back, and with it the 26th Curly's Closeup Contest will take on a new meaning as the event will take place in the new building. As many of you know, the original Curly's building burned down in 2013 (the closeup contest continued in 2013 using a temporary location), but has been rebuilt and it is a beautiful building that now wraps around the corner of mainstreet.

    Minnesota magician Tru DiCanzo once described the Curly's Closeup Contest as follows. "This was unlike any magic contest I've seen before - The Curly's Classic is like the wrestling cage match of magic. It's one of the most challenging performance situations in the middle of a bar with the noise of video games, and pool tables."

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    Curly's Closeup Contest

    Karin Milliman is running the Craft Fair
    The entire town celebrates Magic Week during the Get Together!

    Magic Week Arts & Craft Fair

    In the past this event was run by the Colon Friends of the Library, but this year it will be run by Flea Market Extraordinaire Karin Milliman (who also is Abbott's seamstress). Perhaps the biggest change is the location of the event which is outside the Elementary School (which has the dealers room on the inside!). This will allow people and families to shop at both since they will be in the same location. Look for some of the best craft booths you will see in Michigan at this years event. This long running event is traditional to Magic Week in Colon and really provides a great shopping experience for all members of the family. Everything from Bar B Que Wagons to Jewelry to the Sturgis Journal can be found at the Craft show. This event begins Friday, August 4th from 9am till 4pm, then again on Saturday August 5th from 9am till 4 pm. We do have scheduled times for buskers to perform here as well so you need not miss a minute of the magic while at the Craft Show. While we don't have the space to list everyone, some of the vendors you will see are listed below.

    Face painting
    31 bags
    Written in Stone
    Sweets by Robin
    It Works
    Bar B Q Wagon
    Kitchen Towels
    Sturgis Journal
    Dazzle Jewelry
    Many Many More...

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    Magic Week Arts & Craft Fair

    $5 Magic Shows at the Abbott Showroom
    Gordon Miller and B.J. Mallen are your host for afternoon magic!

    Daily Magic Shows

    Bring the whole family to a good old fashioned magic show! As if there was not enough magic going on this week, Abbott's brings you daily magic shows from its historical showroom twice a day during the Get Together. These shows are only $5 a head and last about 20 - 40 minutes and you will be sitting in bleachers under Abbott's historical ceiling which is covered with classic magic posters (some of the ceiling posters are valued in the tens of thousands of dollars). Get Together Veteran Magicians Gordon Miller or BJ Mallen will be your host. Magic show schedule below!

    Wednesday Aug 2 1:30PM BJ Mallen
    Wednesday Aug 2 3:00PM Gordon Miller
    Thursday Aug 3 1:30PM BJ Mallen
    Thursday Aug 3 3:00PM Gordon Miller
    Friday Aug 4 1:30PM BJ Mallen
    Friday Aug 4 3:00PM Gordon Miller
    Saturday Aug 5 11:30 AM BJ Mallen
    Saturday Aug 5 2:30 AM Dynamike

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    Daily Magic Shows

    A different show each night during the Get Together
    Ron Carnell is your host for late afternoon magic!

    Early Evening Magic Shows

    As you know the dealers room closes at 5:00pm and the Abbott evening show opens at 7:30pm so the question is what to do for those 2 hours? Here is a suggestion, every night for each of those four nights a relatively small crowd of people start their evening of magic with a Magic Show & Dinner at River Lake Inn. Seating is extremely limited and it always fill up early. These shows and dinner start an hour earlier than usual (5:30pm), so we can make sure everyone has time to make Abbott’s 8 p.m. evening shows.

    5:30 PM Wed - Saturday (Aug 2-5) - Click here for more info.

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    Late Afternoon Magic Shows

    Live organ music is back
    John Sturk will be playing the organ at Abbott's Evening Shows!

    John Sturk Organ Music

    John Sturk is going to play his organ in front of everyone at the Get-Together. Yes that's right John is a professional piano and organ player from Chicago, He plays at the magic lounge there. He is going to do his best to recreate the powerful feeling of live music in our theatre as the Vegas style shows start here in Colon August 3 thru 6. John says and we quote "I'm brushing up on "No Business Like Show Business" as we speak". Just another big reason to see the Magic Happen at this years 80th Get Together.

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    John Sturk Organ Music

    Family fun and family prices
    Award Winning Artist Carol Hendrix!

    Face Painting

    Take a Master's degree in Education, a background in fine arts, years of experience in children's entertainment, and what do you get? Carol Hendrix! After teaching for over six years in the California school districts, Carol moved to Illinois and decided on a career path that involved more creativity. This award-winning artist will be face painting in front of Five Star Pizza from 3:00-6:00 each day of the Get-Together. Come visit her with your most creative design requests; she loves a good challenge!

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    Face Painting

    Lets take a side tour in time
    Keith Stickley is your host!

    The Great American Side Show

    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 prior to each of the evening shows (and also at intermission of each evening show) and will feature a different event each evening.

    Where else but the Abbott's 80th Get Together and the Magic Capitol of the World could you ever witness such a thing!

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    The Great American Side Show

    $5 Magic Shows at 5PM (aka 5 at 5) Thursday thru Saturday
    Hosted by Sterlini Magic!

    5 At 5 Magic Shows

    Featuring the magic and entertainment of John and Tamara Sterlini at a 5pm Matinee time. Throughout his career, Sterlini has performed for large audiences such as mystifying 80,000 fans at a sold out Detroit Lions football game, but never so many until he thrilled millions over the airwaves on the Arsenio Hall and Jerry Springer shows.

    Tamara performed with a vocal jazz ensemble that toured mostly throughout the Chicago/Great Lakes region.Some other venues have included: Michigan Opera Theater, Disney World (Ariel and Belle) and Celebrity/Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines(Jazz Quartet vocalist).

    Now see both with selected guest(s) Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the 80th Abbott Get Together!

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    5 At 5 Magic Shows

    Keith Stickley, Al the Only, David Linsell and Greg Bordner sign their respective books!
    Saturday 11am - Noon at the Elementary School

    Quad Book Signing

    There are often book signings at the Get Together but never have we had four at the same time and three that were so involved in Get Together events!

    Greg Bordner will be signing his 2017 Compendium, a 556 giant book (34 pages bigger than past editions) that is the most complete book on Abbotts and the Get Together ever written. Keith Stickley will be signing "Abbott's Magic and the American Side Show" book, which is a new 500+ page book about Abbott's support of side shows through magic from 1934 till today with many tales and forbidden "side show secrets". Al the Only will be signing his "Magic Graveyard" book, the 75th Anniversary Edition (40 pages bigger than past editions), with the first magician who was buried at Lakeside Cemetery in 1942 to the present 2017. Much of this book is based on Al's research for the Cemetery tour he does at the Get Together! David Linsell will also be joining us signing his latest book as well.

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    Quad Book Signing

    Magic Capital of the World

    We're Not a 1 Horse Town
    Duke Stern said Colon is not a one horse town...

    Guess he was right!
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