By Jackie Demaline
The Cincinnati Enquirer
New illusions and comedy magic will headline the 13th annual edition of the Playhouse in the Park fund-raiser Abracadabra! There will be six performances Aug. 14-17.
Kevin James, inventor of the great Floating Rose and Snow Storm, promises first-time illusions for the Playhouse show. Expect his "Twisted Cabaret" to include an audience favorite: when a "sawing" trick goes "awry," various pieces of the victim scurry around the stage until they're reunited.
Aaron Radatz is the only magician to apprentice with Harry Blackstone Jr. He'll "grow" a model car into a full-scale version of hotrod "Greased Lightnin."
Dale Salwak brings more than 35 years of experience to the Playhouse stage. He specializes in classic illusions.
Emcee Kerry Pollock has headlined in comedy clubs, cabarets and casinos. His act is a blend of comedy, magic, music and parody.
Abracadabra! performances will be 2 and 7 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.
The Aug. 14 Preview House Party will feature preshow festivities starting at 6 p.m., including complimentary hors d'oeuvres and strolling magicians, prior to a 7:30 p.m. curtain.
Tickets: $36.50-$44.50 for adults, $15-$20 for children ages 5 to 12. Tickets are on sale at the Playhouse box office,
421-3888 and (800) 582-3208. Order online at www.cincyplay.com.
The annual Abracadabra! gala Aug. 15 will include preperformance reception and post-performance dinner and dancing. Tickets: $250. A $150 gala package will feature postshow dessert in place of dinner.
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