For three amazing days, from Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27, the historic downtown district of Hot Springs comes alive with magic, mystery and entertainment. The Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic will for the third year bring together some of world’s best magicians to produce one of the premier magic festivals in the United States.
This year’s team of award-winning magicians include: master magician Jeff McBride, direct from Las Vegas; Bizzaro, an optical illusionist, comedian, magic innovator and star of “America’s Got Talent” and the Travel Channel’s “Extreme Conventions;” Rokas, a European favorite and star of “Magic is Something You Make;” Steve Owens, an award-winning magician from Los Angeles’ Magic Castle; Ken Boyer, underground Los Angeles close-up sensation; Scott Davis, comedy magician, magic columnist and popular corporate magician; Derrick Rose, Little Rock’s award-winning family magician; the mindreading and sideshow antics of Paul Prater; slight- of-hand artist John Venus; Hot Springs street magician Jacquel; and the balloon artistry of Tommy Whoo.
This diverse team of master magicians will appear at a dozen venues in a showcase of close-up, stage, street magic, one-man shows and all-star galas. The Maxwell Blade Festival of Magic is a golden opportunity to immerse yourself inside a world of magic, perfect for families and everyone who loves magic.
Your journey begins at The Maxwell Blade Theater, located at 121 Central Avenue, where many of the shows and special events will take place. This intimate setting will showcase all of the festival’s one-man performances. From there you can venture in all directions to be amazed, amused and inspired. Tickets for all one man shows are only $15 each and many of the presentations throughout the festival are free. All of this is presented as magic should be seen: live, in person, with no camera tricks!
Not to be missed are the Friday and Saturday night Masters of Magic Galas. There will be an intimate show at the Maxwell Blade Theater on Friday and a Saturday evening show at Horner Hall in the Hot Springs Convention Center. Tickets to these shows are $25.
Maxwell Blade himself will wrap up the festival on Sunday night with a special show at his theater that will celebrate his 20th year in Hot Springs as a professional magician and his 5,000th show at the Maxwell Blade Theater of Magic.
Other feature venues include: The Colonial Restaurant, Fat Jacks, Rolando’s, The Steinhaus Keller, the Arlington Hotel, the Gangster Museum, the Ohio Club, the Arlington Stage, and the Superior Brewery. Street shows will be held around The Blade Theater as well as Adair Park downtown.
Make plans now to be a part of this historic event. The Springs Hotel is offering special rates for all festival goers. Detailed schedule, venue map, tickets and show times are available at The Maxwell Blade Theater and directly on the official festival website: www.