Festival of Illusions is back March 20-24 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center | Community

The Lincoln City Cultural Center is thrilled to announce that its (almost) annual 10th Festival of Illusions will be packed with magic, comedy, mentalism and balloon tricks, rain or shine, during Spring Break. from Oregon.

Opening on Sunday, March 20, this spring break tradition will feature four evening performances, two matinees, Abra Cadabra art kits and a balloon workshop for all ages. All performances are held at the LCCC, inside the historic Delake School at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City. Tickets are on sale now at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

Festival favorites like Brett Belleque, Brian Ledbetter and Dr. Delusion will be joined by three artists making their Lincoln City debuts: Craig Martin, Adam the Great and Captain Squirrel the Pirate Magician. Ticket prices are the same as last year, thanks to our major event sponsors: Surftides Lincoln City, Oregon State Credit Union and Amy Graham, Taylor & Taylor Realty Co.

Also new this year is a “Pay What You Can” morning, scheduled for Thursday, March 22. The star of this unique performance will be Captain Squirrel the Pirate Magician, and the whole community is invited to enjoy. General admission tickets for the March 22 show can be purchased in advance — over the phone, online, or in person — at whatever price suits your budget.

But thanks to recent updates to Salem’s COVID-19 restrictions, there will be two things the festival won’t have: an indoor mask mandate or the center’s previous vaccination proof requirement. Both will be lifted on March 11.

Visual Arts Director Krista Eddy and the Creative Quarantine Volunteer Team will assemble hundreds of Abra Cadabra art kits, including cup and ball magic tricks, bubble trumpets and a fairy crafting kit magical. These on-the-go inspirations will be ready for pick-up at the LCCC beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. The kits contain all the materials and instructions for creative projects kids and parents can do at home (or whatever “home” might be during Spring Break). Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Cultural Center and the Sponenburgh Memorial Trust, these kits are offered by donation, while supplies last.

The Festival of Illusions was founded in 2011 to provide affordable, weatherproof family entertainment during Oregon public school spring break. It was canceled suddenly by COVID in 2020 but resumed in 2021 with masks and streaming options. Staff planned this year’s festival cautiously, hoping county and state case numbers might allow for “normal” magical events and attendance at this year’s festival.

“We absolutely can’t wait to see the smiling faces of children, parents and grandparents at the Festival of Illusions,” said Lincoln City Cultural Center Director Niki Price. “We feel so lucky that the public health situation has improved, allowing the statewide mask mandate and our vaccination card requirements to end, just in time for Spring Break. “

These performances aren’t the only attractions at the LCCC during spring break. The Chessman Gallery will present “From Gesture to Jester: Finding the Reality of Memory”, a 175-foot continuous drawing created during the COVID shutdown by Molly Wullstein Van Austen. Down the hall, the Fiber Arts Studio Gallery features woven artwork and pine needle baskets by Linda Gettman and Charlene Virts, plus hands-on fiber activities and a brightly colored crochet whale from the project Community Fiber Coral Reef. The LCCC galleries will be open regular hours, 10am-4pm, Thursday-Sunday, March 17-20, and March 24-27.

LCCC Spring Break Schedule

10am-4pm Galleries open

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Galleries & Abra Cadabra Art Kit Room Open

7 p.m. The magic of Craig Martin

10:00-16:00 Abra Cadabra Art Kit Room Open

2 p.m. Workshop on balloons to break boredom with Brett Belleque

7 p.m. Dazzling Deceptions with Brian Ledbetter

10:00-16:00 Abra Cadabra Art Kit Room Open

7 p.m. Sensational concert Mindreader Brian Ledbetter

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Galleries & Abra Cadabra Art Kit Room Open

2pm Captain Squirrel’s Pirate Magic (Pay what you can)

7 p.m. Final of the Festival! The Illusions of Dr. Delusion

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Galleries and art kit room open

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Galleries and art kit room open

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Galleries and art kit room open

Performers and biographies

Sunday, March 20 The Magic of Craig Martin, 7 p.m.

This year, the Festival of Illusions opens with unforgettable magician Craig Martin. With a 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, having spent 25 years with the US military, including time with the 9th Mission Support Command in Honolulu.

Monday, March 21 Boredom Balloon Workshop, 2 p.m.

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 turns 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. Fee is $10 per person, with all materials and instruction included.

Monday, March 21 “Dazzling Deceptions” with Brian Ledbetter, 7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, March 22 Adam the Great, 2 p.m.

Washington State resident Charles Adam Johnson has been practicing magic professionally for over 25 years. He started right after high school, mostly learning tricks he read from books and visiting the local magic shop. Today, he’s better known as Adam the Great, and his act is a fun mix of improvisation, sketches and, of course, magic. He performs at fairs, theaters, corporate events, casinos and private parties in the North West. Whether he’s on television or working with the crowd in person, Adam the Great leaves his audience flabbergasted. He will make his Lincoln City debut with a one-set wonder starting at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23 Sensational Concert Mindreader Brian Ledbetter, 7 p.m.

Brian Ledbetter takes audiences on a grand adventure through the vast workings of the mind, emotions and imagination. You’ll witness incredible displays of mind reading, x-ray vision, telekinesis and second sight – Brian is the man of 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 happen. Brian charmingly reads the thoughts of strangers he’s never met. Even the most skeptical are conquered and have fun! This show is best enjoyed by teenagers and adults – a great date night or a family night out with the older kids.

Thursday March 24 The Pirate Magic of Captain Squirrel, 2 p.m.

The artist who was once known as “The Mental Squirrel” has turned to hacking! Enjoy this fun and interactive pirate-themed magic show. A 45-minute show without intermission, designed for children of all ages. Pay what you can.

Thursday, March 24 Dr. Delusion’s Illusions, 7 p.m.

Are you looking for a fun and classic magic show, with sparkly outfits, disappearing wizards, fantastic escapes and lots of laughs? Join us for the final show of the 2022 Festival of Illusions, Dr. Delusion’s Illusions. This Eugene-based magician offers tricks galore, including a few that scared David Letterman. A treat for the whole family.

James C. Tibbs