The Festival of Illusions Returns for Spring Break 2021

Festival of Illusions

Could your vacation use a little magic?

The Festival of Illusions is back on the 2021 schedule, delivering weather-proof family escapades to spring break on the Oregon coast. This year’s schedule will include live, in-person performances by stunt comic Matt Baker, Louie Foxx the One Man Side Show and festival favorite magician Jeff Evans.

This year’s COVID-safe festival activities will alsinclude creative Abracadabra Magic Art Kits, offered for easy pickup in the center’s Creative Quarantine shop, with all materials and instructions included. Also new this year: a balloon-twisting workshop on Monday and a special matinee magic show on Thursday.  All that, plus a Zoom Room visit with The Amazing Bubble Man and his ever-surprising sidekick, Jet Black Pearl. 

This year’s Festival of Illusions is sponsored by the members of the Lincoln City Cultural Center and Surftides Lincoln City. Tickets for the assigned seating venues will go on sale March 3, 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. They are planning three different tricks: “Walk Through a Piece of Paper,” “Magically Appearing Color Drawing,” and a surprise that has yet to be revealed. They will be available for pickup along with several other imaginative choices from the Creative Quarantine inventory. 

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 Friday, March 19. The shop will be open for regular hours (10 am -4 pm, Thursday through Sunday), one half hour before all in-person magic shows, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994. 

Here’s the lineup … Tickets on sale MARCH 3

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.

Louie Foxx The One Man Side Show
Louie Foxx The One Man Side Show is playing this year’s Festival of Illusions at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

The One Man Side Show

Louie Foxx

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

IN PERSON! Howie Mandel called Louie’s performance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent “Fantastic” and the International Brotherhood of Magicians said Louie is “Incredible“ (https://louiefoxx.com). You may have seen Louie from one of his many appearances on New Day NW, Tru TV’s Guinness World Records Unleashed, Otra Movida TV in Spain, the nationally syndicated television show “How ’Bout That” or on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. The One-Man Side Show is full of unique magic tricks and skills.  Whether making the audience gasp in disbelief as he wraps his head in duct tape to play a game of 20 questions, or making the audience roll with laughter as he tries to cut a banana in half with a bullwhip you can rest assured this is a show unlike any other!  The Society of American Magicians called Louie, “A Variety Artist in the truest sense of the words!” Louie is a two time Guinness World Record Holder and was voted the Best Live Entertainment for Families by the readers of the Parent Map Magazine two years in a row. $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).

The Amazing Bubble Man
Jet Black Pearl and The Amazing Bubble Man

The Amazing Bubble Man

Via Zoom on Monday, March 22 @7 pm

ONLINE! The Amazing Bubble man, Louis Pearl, has been doing bubble shows for almost 40 years. Originally from San Francisco, he has toured with his bubbles around the world many times. For his new online programs, Louis teams up with talented musician Jet Black Pearl. Her brilliant improvised music and clowning are a big part of the show. The proximity of the camera allows the opportunity to bring the bubble tricks very close up, so the viewers can see everything in brilliant detail. The performers will encourage the Lincoln City audience to ask lots of questions, which they will answer with bubble demos made up on the spot. This back and forth makes each show, and each bubble, fresh, unique, and fun. Each ticket purchased comes with a Bubble Trumpet, The Amazing Bubble Man’s own invention, available for pickup at the LCCC before or after the show. Additional Bubble Trumpets are just $3 each. Zoom Show “Tickets” are $10 per person or $20 for a family/group, with the show available for 48 hours after the live presentation.

Matt Baker Comedy + Stunt Show

Matt Baker Comedy + Stunt Show

Sunday, March 21 2021 @ 7:00 pm

  • IN PERSON. Matt Baker is a 3-time Guinness World Record holder, was voted Seattle’s Funniest Alternative Comic and has performed his comedy stunt show in over 17 different countries (http://comedystuntshow.com). He’s appeared on numerous television shows including The Late Late Show with James Corden, Last Comic Standing, Tosh. 0 and America’s Got Talent, where Sharon Osbourne called him “Hilarious”and Piers Morgan described him as, “hip, funny and well choreographed; the total package!” His comedy never stops even when performing stunts like catapulting vegetables, spitting ping-pong balls at volunteers or performing and catching a bowling ball on his head. $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). 

The Magical Mr. B
The Magical Mr. B

Boredom Busting Balloon Class

Monday, March 22, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

  • IN PERSON. 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 $5 per person, with all materials and instructions included. 

Jeff Evans

Matinee Magic

Jeff Evans

Thursday, March 22, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

IN PERSON. Jeff’s career in magic began at age twelve when he found a book on coin tricks at his grandparent’s house.  Today, Jeff regularly performs for appreciative audiences at company banquets, festivals, private parties, and other special events throughout the Pacific Northwest (http://amazementproductions.com). Jeff is known as an innovative performer in the world of magic and his original routines have been printed in magic magazines including Genii, The Linking Ring, and M.U.M.  Jeff is an active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Pacific Coast Association of Magicians, and the Tacoma Magic Club. He strives to make each performance magically fun and outrageously impossible for his audiences. $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).DR Schreiber as he leads you on a stroll through the past centuries of conjuring entertainment. His presentations entertain while educating the audience about historical events, literary and cultural figures, and the science and art of conjuring.

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AbraCadabra Art KITS

Part of Magic Week at the Lincoln City Cultural Center

Available for pickup 10-4 Thursday-Sunday and 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 Creative Quarantine volunteers will be creating special magic trick art kits for families to take home and enjoy. They are planning three different tricks: “Walk Through a Piece of Paper,” “Magically Appearing Color Drawing,” and a surprise that has yet to be revealed. They will be available for pickup along with several other imaginative choices from the Creative Quarantine inventory. 

The Creative Quarantine art kit project — which has given out 5,500 kits since it was launched in March 2020 — is a program supported by donations (both supplies and funds) and the Oregon Community Foundation. In addition to art supplies and projects available at the center, Eddy also provides instructional videos online and full-page project sheets published every week in the Oregon Coast Today. 

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 Friday, March 19. The shop will be open for regular hours (10 am -4 pm, Thursday through Sunday), one half hour before all in-person magic shows, and by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994. 

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