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OMG...I think I need to go to this. It's a long haul and I would need to stay in a motel, but so worth it.

Period Magic: Dinner and Performance

Jul 31, 2010   Dinner 6 pm, magic show at 7 pm Robert Olson, magic historian and performer from Old Sturbridge Village, comes to Wade House for a special evening show. After a sumptuous dinner on the grounds of the Wade House stagecoach inn, Olson will thrill the audience with three centuries of magic as he portrays magicians of the 18th, early 19th and 21st centuries.

Olson's show re-creates the magic and fun of two genuine magicians, in full period costuming. Olson has presented his re-creations of historical magic at museums and historical societies as well as for corporate events and in educational institutions throughout the United States, Canada and England. The magic is done with re-created props, period costumes, and the early language that appeared in magic books of the periods being portrayed.

The first half of the show will feature "Magic of the 18th Century with Mr. Bayly," a magician who appeared in the colonies during the 1760s. Bayly advertised that he would present his feats of magic, "without the use of pockets, bags or sleeves." The tricks are done with cards and coins, cups and balls, and a vanishing soldier called "The Bonus Genus." Olson re-create these tricks using techniques found in magic books published before 1800.

After a short intermission, Olson returns as Richard Potter, America's first successful performance magician. Performing for the first time on his own in 1810, Potter's show consisted of magic with cards and coins, ribbons and boxes, and a variety of other props. Also offered by Potter was ventriloquism, a comic dissertation on noses, singing, and a shadow puppet play. Potter's show entertained audiences for more than 25 years.

As a closing to this special evening program, Olson will return you to the 21st century with an amazing presentation of modern close-up magic, in which freely selected playing cards, hand selected by members of the audience, will make their presence known in the most mysterious of manners.


ETA: the motels aren't really in my budget range. I can still see the magician during the day, I suppose, but no stagecoach ride and dinner. I'll keep telling myself it's almost as good and a lot cheaper.


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Jul. 7th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
I'm so jealous! I would love to go. I love magicians *i say whilst glancing over at my framed poster of Carter Beats The Devil*
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I have a big crush on Gob from Arrested Development. Especially when he makes a really cheesy magician-face.

Too bad it's such a long haul for you. It would be fun to go together.
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yes! I hate that I live so far away from everyone - although, you are the closest ;o)

I want to make one of those boxes where you split the assistant into thirds into a bar... a sawing in half box into a table... I love magic, slight of hand is my favourite
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, that would be an awesome bar! You could have mannequin head & arms sticking out :)
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I thought so. I even have the plans somewhere...
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
It sounds like he puts a lot of work into the show. My only meeting with a live magician was rather disappointing. It was a work Christmas party and there was supposed to be a magician roaming the tables and doing tricks. He made balloon animals and told off-colour jokes...

Hope you get to go and enjoy Robert Olson.
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ugh--a disappointing magician! That almost sounds like a cliche.

I've made my mind up to go. I just won't be able to stay overnight, but that's no big deal.
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Camping? Sounds very cool.
Jul. 7th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
I am so not a camper. Really.
Jul. 7th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
That sounds awesome. I love magicians. I'm always looking for how they do their tricks and then get so mesmerised that I forget to look. But that's the idea, isn't it?
Jul. 7th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
I love it when they show you how the trick works, explain it, and still manage to surprise you. A magician at Circus World really blew my mind last year. I need to get back there...I can get in free with my geek-passport. (AKA historical sites passport)
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