ADVANCE – October 22-23, 2021
It is about advancing your skills and knowledge and it is about being “re-inspired.” The schedule is designed to be fun yet highly educational. You will see a lot of great magic performed and taught. The opening night event is a show/party designed for fellowship and entertainment, but also to provide good examples of showmanship and stagecraft. The teaching events will be loaded with content. There is a “hands-on” session that will teach you to force a card. The Saturday afternoon stage show will be a pleasure to watch and it will be loaded with examples of how magic can be used in ministry.
All of this happens in Colon, Michigan, “The Magic Capital Of The World.” There are four brick and mortar magic stores in this little town and the community has an amazing magical history! Come see what it is all about.
A training and inspirational event for those who use magic in ministry. Yes…if you are a gospel magician, Christian Illusionist, or just someone who likes to use clever and creative teaching menthods…you are welcome to attend!
When It Happens: October 22-23, 2021 (Friday evening and Saturday until 4 PM)
Where it happens: The Grand Magic Theater at 130 East State Street, Colon, Michigan, 49040. Call 406 291 2004. Email Laflinmagic@yahoo.com
Registration cost: $35.00 (Pay at the door or call 406 291 2004 to pay ahead of time). Even though paying at the door, please send a text or email to let us know you are coming.
Where to stay: Red Roof Inn at 348 S Willowbrook Rd, Coldwater, MI 49036. Call 877 843 7663. Best Western Plus, 8080 N State Road 9, Howe, Indiana 46746. Call 260 562 2880. There are many other motels in Coldwater and Sturgis Michigan. We list these two because magician friends have stayed in them when coming to Colon and have given them good reviews. Both the Red Roof Inn and Best Western are about 20 minutes and a pleasant drive from the theater. (There are no motels in Colon). Note: If Nortre Dame has a home game, the rates at the Best Western go up!
Some housing is available in Colon: There are people in town who rent out rooms. The cost is usually between $50 & $100 per night, depending on the nature of the accommodations. We are in the process of putting together a list of those who offer rooms. To know more about it call Mary at 406 291 2004.
Where to eat: The Saturday noon meal will be a pizza party in the theater. Two restaurants in Colon that each are within 1 block of the theater offer a great breakfast. Curley’s Bar and Grill (1 block from the theater) serves sandwiches, chicken, grinders, etc for an evening meal. Otherwise, Sturgis and Coldwater both have a variety of restaurants. (There is a grocery store right in Colon.)
Magic dealers: Laflin Magic and the Tennessee Magic Emporium will be set up inside the theater. Abbott’s Magic Store, Fab Magic Store and Sterlini Magic are all within a few blocks of the theater. (Colon is the “Magic Capital Of The World. So many magic stores in one little town!)
The Schedule: Friday afternoon – Doors will be open by 5:30 PM for fellowship and shopping the dealers. Be there by 6:30 PM for registration/orientation. (The other magic stores in town are open on Friday for you to visit.)
Friday evening at 7:00 PM – “Glitz & Glamor Magic Show/Party.” This is a costume party with a stage show…come dressed as if it is the 1940’s, 1950’s and you are attending a fancy dinner theater. See some great magic, make new friends and enjoy the snacks.
Friday evening at 9:00 PM – Special Lecture “The Cords Of Phantasia & Grandmother’s Necklace.” Learn the history of these concepts, how to perform the tricks, various presentation concepts and gospel message applications.
Saturday at 9:30 AM: Welcome, shop the dealers, orientation
Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon: Tag team style lecture by Laflin, Gillam, Doyle and Anderson. “Magic Ideas, Illustrations and Inspiration.”
Saturday Noon: Pizza party/lunch in the theater. Also, time to check out the other magic stores in town
Saturday at 1:30 PM – Special learning session: THE “FORCE” IS WITH YOU! Learn how to force a card and how to create stage, close-up, comedy and gospel tricks based on a force.
Saturday at 4:00 PM – Gospel Magic And Variety Show. A showcase on the use of magic that ministers!
After the Saturday show…meet the performers, shop the dealers, enjoy fellowship with those who are not in a hurry to leave, have supper with friends, or start the drive home!