Wednesday, August 02, 2000

'Abracadabra' pulls all new cast out of the hat

By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Abracadabra will celebrate its 10th anniversary Aug. 18-20 at Playhouse in the Park with an all new cast of conjurers. That includes grand illusionists to close both acts of the annual magic benefit.

        “Singing magician” Darren Romeo, protege of Siegfried and Roy, is known for serenading his partner to “Music of the Night” as she floats away and vanishes into thin air. He is the 1999 World Magic Award winner for best up-and-coming magician.

        Abracadabra's other grand illusionists are Nicholas Night and Kinga, who perform "ART/magic'. Their act, which brings art — paintings, sketches, sculpture — to life, has been seen on ABC-TV's Champions of Magic and Fox Family Channel's Magic on the Edge.

        There will be comedy magic by Ali Bongo, and Johnny Fox will show his aptitude for swallowing things including three-foot balloons, lit cigarettes, illuminated neon tubes and swords — as many as 16 at one time.

        The show will be hosted by Alan Shaxon, who likes to catch goldfish by casting his line out over the audience.

        Abracadabra will be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 19 and 20. Tickets $33-$41; $15 for children 12 and under. For reservations and information call 421-3888 or (800) 582-3208.

        Abracadabra's Aug. 18 benefit performance includes pre- and post-show receptions, dinner and dancing. Tickets range from $75 to $250 and can be reserved by calling 345-2242.

        Magic workshop AbraKIDabra is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Suggested for children ages 6-to 12, tickets are $15, reservations are necessary and children must be accompanied by an adult.


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