LINCOLN CITY – The Festival of Illusions, Lincoln City’s annual celebration of magic and clownery, features nightly performances by some of the Northwest’s best magicians, on stage at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. With family-friendly options and affordable ticket prices, the festival offers a fun and weather-proof way to enjoy Oregon’s spring break, March 24-28.
Also part of the tradition: daytime workshops in magic and art, held at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. These experiences are offered every morning, from 9 to 11 am, and cost just $15 per child, per day. Children can sign up for all the days, or just one – a different project is planned for each. Registration is open now, for the following classes:
MAGIC CAMP (ages 8 to 18) – 9-11 am Monday-Friday, March 24-28, LCCC Conference Room
Children will learn card tricks, slight-of-hand, and amazing illusions. Guest magicians will visit each day to share their special expertise and meet the students. Dan Roberson will host the sessions. Props are included with the $15 fee. To register, call 541-994-9994. Visa and Mastercard are accepted over the phone.
MAGIC IN ART (ages 5-8)– 9-11 am Monday-Friday, March 24-28, Downstairs Art Classroom at the LCCC
A partner non-profit, Let There Be Arts, will offer daily workshops for children in grades K-3. Experienced teachers will help the students explore all kinds of magic themes and media, including optical illusions, salad spinner painting, pool ball painting and hidden pictures. $15 per student, per day. To register, call LTBA director Kaline Klaas, 503-812-7813.
These camps are part of the LCCC’s third annual Festival of Illusions, a week of homage to the art of prestidigitation. Evening shows begin at 7 pm in the 150-seat auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Featured performers are Joe Black (Monday, March 24), Steve Hamilton aka “Steve the Pretty Good” (Tuesday, March 25), Jeff Evans (Wednesday, March 26) and Cha Cha the Clown (Thursday, March 27). The week will end with an all-star Lincoln City Talent Show, featuring young magicians from the weeklong camps as well as singers, dancers and other performers from the community. Ticket prices range from $4-$12, and can be purchased over the phone by calling 541-994-9994.
The Lincoln City Cultural Center offers performances, fine arts, classes, and visitor information inside the former DeLake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. A full schedule can be found at lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.