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Summer Madness

Last week featured shows in Burien, Redmond, Olympia, Oak Harbor, Clinton, Langley, Coupeville, Freeland, Colfax, Moscow, Pullman, Marysville, Standood, and Monroe.  Whew! 

My show was sponsored by the Moscow Arts Commission.

"I just wanted to thank you so much for such a great show last night at East City Park. I have received nothing but great comments!!!" -DJ Scallorn, Moscow Arts Commission

This week’s schedule includes visits to Gig Harbor, UniversityPlace, Dupont, Lakewood, Tillicum, Bothel, Burien, Federal Way, Covington, Fairwood, Issaquah, Key Center, Kent, and Olympia. 

Jeff performing magic for last year's Aberdeen Splash! festival. Photo by Anice Bommerscheim.

On the 4th of July I return to the City of Tumwater’s “Thunder Valley” and Artesian Family FestivalIt’s my ninth consecutive year!  Gates open at 6:00 pm; my magic show is at 6:30 pm, Rhys Thomas (my favorite juggler) is at 7:30 pm, skydivers drop in at 8:45 pm, and fireworks blast off at 10:15 pm.

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Heritage Bank Awards Banquet

Heritage Bank invited me to be part of their STAR Party held recently in Olympia.   Employees receive recognition for top performance and outstanding customer service.  Thanks to Teresa Dean for arranging all of the details and Lori Heckman for sharing the photos! 

With all of the turmoil in the financial industry I was curious how tough times were for Heritage.  It turns out that they are doing relatively well!  Heritage Bank has been in business for more than eighty years and has about ten locations in the south sound area.  They didn’t make a lot of risky loans, and therefore haven’t been hurt as much by the wave of foreclosures.  

It was a magic theme with top hats and fans of cards at each table as centerpieces.  Teresa even created hand-made magic wands for the table centerpieces.  Wow!

It was my first time performing at the newly remodeled South Sound Manor (formerly the Masonic Center).  I was very impressed, and was glad to hear from the facility director Armando that dates are filling up quickly. 

Of course, no show is complete without money magic, and I was able to borrow a woman’s $50 bill and change it into one million.  It all ended well with her signed bill inside of a real orange.

Lucky Eagle Casino, J&I Power Equipment, & more…

Last weekend was the final weekend before Christmas, and BUSY.  Saturday I performed for the Olympia Country and Golf Club’s Santa Breakfast, then traveled to the Redmond Library with my Holiday Magic show, then performed for a group of doctors and their staff at Il Fiasco (Italian for, “no parking”) Restaurant in Tacoma. 
 
The Lucky Eagle brings back wonderful memories, as it’s where I got really good at close-up magic.  My first regular restaurant magic job was for the Golden Eagle Restaurant at the Casino in 1996.  
I still remember my “interview” with marketing directors Denny Murray and Duncan Macleod and GM John Setterstrom.  It’s a real tribute to the Casino and the Tribe that all three of them are still with the Casino.  And it’s not just management; many of the staff are also still at the Lucky Eagle.  I can’t think of many businesses or organizations that can boast the same thing, and it speaks volumes about the quality of the Tribe. 

Close-up magic is ideal for events like the Tribal Party.  There is a huge range of ages and a lot of things going on.  I’m kind of an unexpected bonus; folks know to look forward to a fantastic buffet, lots of bingo, and gifts from Santa for the kids, but magic is an unexpected surprise.  And yes, it’s something that even the teens love.  Thanks to Fred Shortman for the super photo. 
Afterwards I headed back up to Olympia for the J&I Power Equipment company party at Albee’s Garden.  I bought my first used Honda lawnmower from J&I when I was in high school and was mowing lawns.  Hondas are the best, and J&I is THE place to buy them.  I’ve since bought a STIHL edger and another mower, both from J&I. 
 
Last year I performed for the STIHL Northwest dealer meeting and borrowed owner Randy’s $100 for my “Fruitbox” routine.  This time I spared him and had his staff participate.  It was a fun time in a truly one-of-a-kind venue.  If you’re looking for something more cozy than a hotel banquet room with personality and charm, look into Albee’s Garden

Santa Breakfast at the Olympia Golf & Country Club

… isn’t complete without magic!  I first performed for their Santa Breakfast in 1998 and have been back nearly every year since.  It was originally the first Saturday, then the first two Saturdays in December.  A couple of years ago the catering manager Janice added the third Saturday as well.  They keep selling out!  

Here’s the secret – it’s a STEAL.  The prices are unbelievably affordable, and the Country Club is decorated beautifully.  They do it more as a service for their members and guests than as a money-maker, but it would be a great value at twice the price. 

Richard Hurley was kind enough to send this photo that he took with kids surrounding me before the Holiday Magic Show officially began.  Thanks, Richard! 

I’ll start the rumor here – Janice is considering adding a Sunday in 2010 for a total of FOUR Santa Breakfasts.  (They were booked solid with 175 reservations this past Saturday.)  A hearty breakfast, funny and amazing magic show, and SANTA?  You can’t get too much of a good thing! 

Holiday Magic

Whew!  It’s the second week in December and I’ve already done ten shows.  Corvallis and Salem were fantastic.  Susan Adkins with Class Act Event Coordinators did a phenomenal job creating a Charles Dickens-themed event for the Videx company Christmas party. 

The Salem show was for the James W. Fowler Company.  It’s the third time in six years that they’ve invited me to be part of their Christmas party.  And, like Videx, it’s great knowing that there are companies that are not just surviving, but thriving in the challenging economy.  2010 is looking to be a huge year for them.

I picked up a top hat and scarf to fit the Dickens theme.  I liked the look so much it became part of my annual Christmas photo! 

Many thanks to my good friend and business partner Rick Anderson with Bruno Photography for taking all of my promo photos over the years. 

The hat and scarf are functional, too.  Last weekend I performed strolling magic outside for the Dupont Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony where temperatures were well below thirty degrees.  It’s the first time I wore long underwear tops and bottoms beneath my tuxedo, a wool cap under the top hat, the scarf, and was still chilly! 

  • Yesterday:  Frank Tobey Jones staff party (Tacoma)
         BizXchange holiday mixer (Seattle)
  • Today:  Lionfish Creative holiday party/Seattle
  • Saturday:  Olympia Country Club Santa Breakfast
         Tacoma Fire Department
         Microsoft holiday party (Seattle)
  • Sunday:  Bellevue Regional Library
         Microsoft holiday party (Bellevue)
  • Monday:  Bow Lake Elementary (Federal Way)
         Valley View Elementary (Seatac)
         Federal Way 320th Library Holiday Magic
  • Tuesday:  Lake Hills Elementary (Bellevue)
         Aberdeen Police Officer’s Guild
  • Wednesday:  Military Officer’s Association of America (Olympia)

MPI Banquet in Seattle, Magic Tricks & Secrets Live in Olympia

Last night I performed strolling magic for the Seattle Meeting Planner’s International (MPI) banquet at the Seattle Sheraton.  It was a Masquerade Ball theme and everyone was dressed up.  Thanks to Frontline Photos for the picture. 

The food was incredible.  As you can imagine, when you get a bunch of sales and catering professionals together to plan their own party it’s not oing to disappoint.   There were various cooking and serving stations set up everywhere it seemed!  They had even cooked a full pig and were making delicious little sandwiches. 

Thanks to Troy McVicker with EventSource Northwest for the referral and suggesting me.  He’s a great emcee and made a huge difference in the flow and fun feel.  He’s also one of the hardest working networkers around! 

Yesterday:  two shows in Olympia and the evening in Seattle.  Today:  an afternoon and evening show in Shelton.  Thursday:  noon meeting in Seattle with magician buddy Darrell.  Friday:  show in Duvall.   Saturday…


Magic in the Museum

Families are invited to “Magic Tricks and Secrets Live”, a combination magic show, hands-on workshop, and DVD release party on Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Hands-On Children’s Museum in downtown Olympia (106 11th Ave SW).  Magician Jeff Evans performs shows at noon and 2:00 pm.  Admission is $7.95/person, $4.95 for toddlers, and free for Hands-On Children’s Museum members. 

Kids learn magic with rubber bands, paperclips, playing cards, and more.  All props and hands-on instruction are provided and kids go home with a “Mystery Dollar” and “Levitating Magician” cut-out.  Magic workshops are recommended for ages 6+.  Magic Tricks and Secrets DVDs are available for purchase at the Museum that day. 

Explore the DVD trailers at www.magictricksandsecrets.com

 

The Magic Tricks and Secrets DVD series is created by Jeff Evans and George Ford.  “Living Room Magic volumes 1 and 2” include magic with everyday items you already have around the home; string, playing cards, paper, and more.  Some effects are impromptu and can be done anytime, anywhere:  others require some practice, but are well within the ability of anyone willing to put in a little bit of practice.