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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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Mother’s Day Brunch at the Tyee Center

The Tyee Grill in Tumwater had me perform tableside magic for their Easter brunch. It was a hit, and they immediately re-booked for Mother’s Day.

Here’s the story: in the morning a server told me that a party made a reservation and specifically requested that I NOT perform for their table. That’s fine; I figured it was some religious group. Later Danni, the manager, tells me that the client is an elderly lady and their family came in for brunch on Easter. Everyone had enjoyed my magic, but she didn’t want me performing for their table because – and I am not making this up – the people at her table were laughing and clapping so much that she wasn’t able to talk to her friend!

Huh? You can’t please everyone! Not wanting to rock the boat, I heartily agreed not to perform magic for this group.

Said group arrived. I was informed by the hostess and had plenty of tables in the dining room area to keep me busy without going into the restaurant where they were. A half hour later Danni comes up and says, “Well, they changed their mind and would like to see some magic.” We both laughed ourselves silly over this turn of events. I performed for them, and they had a great time.

(Well, most of them did. One older lady didn’t crack a smile. And she wasn’t able to carry on a conversation while I performed. This may not have been her best Mother’s Day ever…)