Festival of Illusions 2022

Could your spring break use a little magic?

The Festival of Illusions delivers weather-proof family shows and workshops to spring break on the Oregon coast. This year’s schedule will include live, in-person performances by Craig Martin, Brian Ledbetter and Kameron Messner along with Dr. Delusion’s Illusions and Capt. Squirrel the Pirate Magician.

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This year’s COVID-safe festival activities will also include creative Abracadabra Magic and Art Kits, offered for easy pickup, with all materials and instructions included. A balloon-twisting workshop is offered on Monday and matinee shows on Tuesday and Thursday.

This year’s Festival of Illusions is sponsored by the members of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, Surftides Lincoln City and Oregon State Credit Union. Tickets for the assigned seating venues will go on sale Feb. 20, available online at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.

The visual arts component of the Festival of Illusions — the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space — has changed as well. This year, Krista Eddy and the Creative Quarantine volunteers will be creating special magic trick art kits for families to take home and enjoy. Like the center’s other art packets, these Festival of Illusions activities will be offered by donation, to anyone who wants them, while supplies last. They will be available in the self-serve shop starting on Saturday, March 19.

Performers

All seating is reserved, so make sure to get your tickets early and claim your desired seats. Our secure online ticketing system is a fast, easy, and secure way to purchase tickets using a credit card or PayPal.

The Magic of Craig Martin

Sunday, March 20 at 7 pm

This year’s Festival of Illusions opens with the crowd-pleasing and unforgettable magician Craig Martin. With smooth delivery, flawless sleight of hand and jaw-dropping mentalism, Martin literally and figuratively “brings the magic” wherever he performs. He knows how to get your attention, after spending 25 years with the U.S. Army, including time with the 9th Mission Support Command in Honolulu. Tickets are $16 adults, $14 seniors/students, $8 youth ages 6-18 and free for kids 5 and younger. LCCC Membership Discount will apply.

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Dazzling Deceptions:
Brian Ledbetter

Monday, March 21 at 7 pm

Brian Ledbetter’s show can regularly be seen at casinos, colleges, cruise ships, corporate events, theme parks, fairs, and theatres all over the world. He deeply engages his audiences with subtle comedy, audience participation, feats of extraordinary magic, and intriguing visuals. Come see for yourself why The Society of American Magicians named Brian Ledbetter “Star of Tomorrow” when he was only 17 years old. This all ages, crowd-pleasing show combines timeless classics of magic with fresh, modern illusions.  Brian Ledbetter uniquely satisfies an age old tradition: magic as it was meant to be seen — live on stage!

The Magical Mr. B

Monday, March 21 at 2 pm

Brett Belleque is an award winning balloon artist, puppeteer and magician with over 35 years of balloon sculpting experience. He has performed across the United States and in several foreign countries.

He twists biodegradable latex balloons into amazing works of art, and he can show you how to get started. Pre-registration is required for his Boredom Busting Balloon Class, as he pre-inflates all the necessary balloons safely, at home.

The fee is $10 per person, with all materials and instructions included. 

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Brian Ledbetter

Sensational Concert Mindreader

Wednesday, March 23 at 7 pm

In his second show for this year’s festival, Brian Ledbetter takes audiences on a grand adventure through the vast inner-workings of the mind, emotions, and imagination. You’ll witness unbelievable demonstrations of mindreading, x-ray vision, telekinesis, and second sight — Brian is the man with wild talents. Imagine seeing inanimate objects come to life and move using only the power of the mind. Forks bend and spoons twist into knots. Unexplainable coincidences occur.  Brian charmingly reads the thoughts of strangers he’s never met. Even the most skeptical are won over, and join in the fun! This show is best enjoyed by teens and adults – a great date night, or a family night with the older kids. 

$16 adults, $14 seniors and students, $8 youth ages 5-18, free for children 0-4 (although all children who are sitting in chairs need to have their own tickets).

AbraCadabra Art KITS

Part of Magic Week at the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Available for pickup 10am to 4pm
Thursday-Sunday & by appointment

The visual arts component of the Festival of Illusions — the Abra Cadabra Open Art Space — has changed as well. This year, Krista Eddy and the art kit volunteers will be creating special magic trick art kits for families to take home and enjoy. They will be available for pickup along with several other imaginative choices from the inventory. 

The Creative Quarantine art kit project — which has given out more than 10,000 kits since it was launched in March 2020 — is a program supported by donations (both supplies and funds) and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Like the rest of Creative Quarantine art packets, these Festival of Illusions activities will be offered by donation, to anyone who wants them, while supplies last. They will be available in the self-serve shop starting on Saturday, March 19. The shop will be open for regular hours (10 am -4 pm, Thursday through Monday), one half hour before all in-person magic shows, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994

2022 Festival of Illusions

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, March 19

10 am to 4 pm Abra Cadabra Art Kits premiere in the Art Packet Shop, 10 am 

Chessman Gallery and Fiber Arts Studio Gallery open 10-4

Sunday, March 20

10 am to 4 pm Center Galleries and Art Packet Shop Open

7 pm Opening Night performance: The Magic of Craig Martin

Monday, March 21

2 pm Boredom Busting Balloon Class with Brett Belleque

7 pm Dazzling Deceptions with Brian Ledbetter

Tuesday, March 22

2 pm Matinee with Adam the Great

Wednesday, March 23

10 am to 4 pm Center Galleries and Art Packet Shop Open

7 pm Sensational Concert Mindreader Brian Ledbetter

Thursday, March 24

10 am to 4 pm Center Galleries and Art Packet Shop Open

2 pm Matinee with Capt. Squirrel, Pirate Magician — Pay What You Can Performance

7 pm Dr. Delusion’s Illusions

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-27

10 am to 4 pm Center Galleries and Art Packet Shop Open

The center and the Creative Quarantine art packet room will open 30 minutes before all performances, and by appointment. Art packets available while supplies last. All events in person at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101 (unless otherwise indicated). Free parking. Handicapped accessible. For tickets: www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or 541-994-9994.

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