The festival is in full swing this weekend, August 3-4. Around town, “buskers,” or street performers, will alakazam their slight of hand for you live. Try grabbing a slice of pepperoni at Five Star Pizza at 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, and then taking in the Magic of Trino, who will perform while you chew. There is also a talent contest, where budding magicians compete for a prize that won’t disappear.
If you want to learn magic or purchase some trinkets, there’s a dealer fair on site. Want to try your hand at speaking without moving your mouth? Vent-o-rama (no, really, that’s the name) will teach you tips and tricks of ventriloquism. But the main event is the magic show on Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 8:00 P.M. Get your tickets for $20.00 and head over to Colon High School to watch a host of magicians perform, many of them top acts. The heart of the event is that the magic here isn’t an illusion. These guys (and gals) are good. Really good.
If you have time, head north a few miles on I-69 to Marshall, Michigan where the a bigger-than-life-sized poster of Harry Houdini hangs from the ceiling in the American Museum of Magic—an image that could be considered imposing if Houdini wasn’t wearing a bowtie and a just a hint of a smile, like he’s happy you’re there. Or, if not happy, at least pleased that one more person will be taking in the museum’s oddball objects, like the metal milk can Houdini himself was folded into—while shackled, as the whole thing was filled with water—and escaped from time and again.
Pack your rabbit and your top hat. See you in Colon.
[Photo: Jimmy Emerson/Flickr & American Museum of Magic]