I was recently made aware of some concern from magicians that the Houdini Days 2004 Magic Festival in Appleton, Wisconsin would not occur this year. As the organizer of the Festival, I can assure everyone that the Festival will occur on September 2-5, 2004 in Appleton, Wisconsin.
I am very aware of the outrage that the magic community has expressed towards the Outagamie County Historical Society (OCHS) regarding the exposure of the Metamorphosis. As a member of The Comedy Magic of Mike & Chris, I am also personally outraged and have expressed my views to the OCHS verbally and in writing. It is important that the magic community understand that Houdini Days has absolutely no relationship with the OCHS and opposes the planned Metamorphosis exhibit.
The Houdini Days Magic Festival is a NON-PROFIT event that is focused on presenting outstanding magical performances with the intent of inspiring future generations of magicians. The Festival is being organized by VOLUNTEERS who are passionate about the magical arts. The outdoor performances are all FREE. All costs are covered through corporate and individual donations and sponsorships.
The Festival creates enormous goodwill for the magic community within the general public. The enormously positive benefits of the Festival will help outweigh the damage that the OCHS will cause. It is more vital than ever that the Festival occurs and inspires the expected 20,000 people who will experience unbelievable magic from some of the world's greatest magicians.
We are excited to be able to offer three free Young Magicians Workshops taught by Mark Wilson, Michael Ammar, and Ice McDonald. These Workshops will assist the beginning magician in taking the next step in their journey in the magical arts.
The Rising Stars of Magic Competition will provide recognition as well as cash awards, for the non-professional magician at the Festival.
The confirmed line-up of magicians for the 2004 Festival consists of Mark Wilson, Jeff McBride, Michael Ammar, Bill Malone, Jon Stetson, Doc Eason, Joshua Jay, Michael Finney, Ice McDonald, Kevin King, Jessica Reed, Dean Gunnarson, Rex Sikes, David "Silly Billy" Kaye, Robert Baxt, Glen Gerard, Rondini, Nate Nygren, Bruce Hetzler, Lou Lepore and more.
For more information about the Festival, please see the website at: www.houdinidays.com
Houdini Days Organizer