Williamsburg Magic Club conjures pre-Halloween performance

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

With Halloween fast approaching, the surreal and supernatural captivate our imaginations even more than usual.

The Williamsburg Magic Club hopes to add to the seasonal fun with a family-friendly performance at the James City County Library on Oct. 24.

“It’s a fun show every year, very lighthearted. We want to make sure everyone goes home happy,” said Steven Mains, who joined the club after retiring from the U.S. Army.

Nearly half of the club’s roughly 20 member magicians will perform during the show. Acts span simpler magic, such as sleight-of-hand card tricks, to more elaborate surprises. In 2017, one magician gave the illusion of putting his daughter in a box and inserting swords into it.

“Everybody gets to do their own thing. It’s an opportunity for guys like me to get up on the stage and perform in front of a lot of people,” Mains said.

The annual show typically draws 75 to 100 people. The event coincides with National Magic Week Oct. 25-31, which also commemorates the anniversary of magician Harry Houdini’s death on Halloween in 1926.

Mains hopes those who attend enjoy themselves, but he and the club head to the library with another goal in mind as well.

“I’ve just always been interested in it and loved to go to magic shows,” he said. “We hope that it inspires a love of magic.”

Want to go?

The Williamsburg Magic Club casts a spell at James City County Library 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Free admission, with canned food donations encouraged.

Birkenmeyer can be reached by email at sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com, by phone at 757-790-3029 or on Twitter @sethbirkenmeyer.

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