Magic Festival returns with mix of mystery and fun

Northglenn hosts sleight-of-hand artists for second year

Posted 8/13/18

What began last year as a niche celebration of twin aspects of magic — the more mysterious and adult side and the fun and fantastic — looks to be paying off for the city Northglenn. Magic in the …

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Magic Festival returns with mix of mystery and fun

Northglenn hosts sleight-of-hand artists for second year

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What began last year as a niche celebration of twin aspects of magic — the more mysterious and adult side and the fun and fantastic — looks to be paying off for the city Northglenn.

Magic in the City, Northglenn’s Magic Fest, returns for an encore to the D.L Parson Theater and the Northglenn Recreation Center Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18.

Friday’s agenda includes more drinks and wandering magicians doing close-up magic. Attendees are encouraged to show up in costume or to wear masks.

“For that crowd, we’ll have dinner and drinks and lots of magicians,” Northglenn Events Supervisor Steven Stokes said. “Whereas on Saturday, it’s for the family crowd. We’ll have four stages outside performing on the hour or the half hour. So somebody could come and just wander from stage to stage all day and see six or seven different performances, one after the other.”

Both days are free to attend outdoors at the Northglenn Recreation Center, 11801 Community Center Dr. Special shows indoor at DL Parsons Theatre Friday night and Saturday are not free however and require tickets.

Chief among the performers is two-time magic champion Shawn Farquar, who will performing three times during festival, first as a part of the Vegas-style variety show on Friday and as the headliner at shows 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday. Farquar has appeared in several television shows, including two appearances on the syndicated “Penn and Teller: Fool Us.”

“And both times, he fooled Penn and Teller,” Stokes said.

In keeping with the adult theme, Friday night’s festival includes an escape room game hosted by Denver’s Escapology.

All in all, Friday is focused on more intimate magic. The festival is open from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday.

“Close up magic is meant to be performed for two or three people, so you have that opportunity Friday,” Stokes said. “So if you are that kind of magic lover, you can walk right up to the magicians doing card tricks and balls and cup tricks and all the stuff that’s done well up close.”

The outdoor bar will feature 12 wandering magicians performing close up, sleight of hand magic and “flair bartenders” doing tricks while they serve drinks.

The one stage will alternate between magic acts and dueling pianos by the Ashe Owen Band.

“We’ll still have the bar open on Saturday, but there will be more family-friendly activities,” Stokes said.

That includes bounce houses and Harry Potter-themed activities. The festival reopens at noon Saturday and runs through 7 p.m.

“We’ll do a sorting hat kind of thing, where the kids can learn what house they’d be a part of that world,” Stokes said. “And then we’ll have groups selling wands and all the kinds of magic things.”

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