Magic: Now you see it in Snowmass
July 28, 2005
A weekend of magic and merriment returns to Snowmass Village with the Snowmagical Family Fun Fest, bringing the sleight of hand, juggling, ventriloquism and a bunch of other crowd-wowing action to the Snowmass Mall.And, its free.”Originally it was called a children’s festival, but we changed the name to the Snowmagical Family Fun Fest because for years we’ve strived to present talent to tickle the funny bone of all ages,” says event organizer Doc Eason, a magician in his own right. “When I say family, I don’t mean there’s just a bunch of clowns running around for little kiddies. These are multi-level entertainers and performances that will appeal to the biggest and littlest kid in every family.It all starts this evening with a barbecue on the mall and a showing of the original Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory movie, starring Gene Wilder, on Fanny Hill.Saturday and Sunday bring a host of activities, including renowned Disney performer John Ekin, headlining with his magic and comedy routine. Children’s folk singer Kathleen Gibson will also take the main stage. Other acts include ventriloquist Wayne Francis at the Blue Lagoon Stage, acclaimed magician Shawn McMaster, life-size puppets, Sara the Safety Saur Us, and a host of regional performers. Veteran Funfest performer and master clown Jim Jackson, who appeared at the first festival 24 years ago, is returning to wow crowds with his one-man Firehouse Circus.The Rocky Mountain Martial Arts Academy will be offering both a demo and a free introductory class on Soo Bak Do, a martial arts form that integrates the mind, body and spirit while developing self-discipline and respect. Juggling and magic workshops are also planned, along with mountain bike and safety demonstrations. Saturday culminates in a dine-around for families at local restaurants. Later in the evening, parents may want to hire a sitter and check out the 9 p.m. All-Star Magic Cabaret at La Provence (theres a $3 cover charge). Babysitting services are available by calling 1-800-SNOWMASS.On Sunday, 11-year-old yo-yo wizard Max Harrington will show his stuff and performers will return.