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ODDITY BEST BET: Abbott’s Magic Get Together

Written by  Allan I. Ross
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Abbott’s Magic Get Together
124 S St. Joseph St., Colon
Aug. 5–8

Besides having one of the state’s funniest names (right up there with Hell, Felch and Climax), the city of Colon in Southwest Michigan also happens to be the Magic Capital of the World.

For most of the year this claim is little more than a bit of trivia, but every August the tiny city of about 1,000 doubles in size as illusionists and fans from around the globe join for Abbott’s Magic Get Together. The four day happening offers up street performances, lectures and tours of historic landmarks.

This year, the 78th annual event runs Aug. 5–8 and includes a roster of pro acts, including renowned illusionist Lee Alex, an international performer and behind-the-scenes illusion adviser for film and television. Also performing is Peter Samelson, a performer The New York Times called “the soft-spoken conceptualist of sorcery.”

For those looking to participate, Ventriloquist George Schindler leads a step-by-step class in throwing your voice. The full schedule is listed at — Reported by Allan I. Ross

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