Colon’s show ‘n’ tell time for magicians!
From the Kalamazoo Gazette, August 7, 1982:” COLON – Rabbits throughout Southwest Michigan are laying low this week in anticipation of this town’s annual salute to prestigitation starting Wednesday.
The Abbott Magic Co.’s 45th Annual Magic Get-Together promises to dazzle the hundreds of magic enthusiasts from around the world who will gather here for four days of sleight-of-hand, hypnotism and illusions.
This year marks the first time that the show goes on without either of the two men who started the Abbott Magic Co. in 1934 and made the firm and its Get-Together famous. After Percy Abbott died in 1960, his long-time cohort, Recil Bordner, assumed control of the business and the show. Bordner died last September and it’s up to his son, Greg, to run things this year.
“I’ve been in the magic business since 19774 so I pretty much know what to do already” said Greg Bordner , who may be forced to employ his hocus-pocus skills as he frantically juggles arrangements for the Get-Together.
One of his biggest problems is the dearth of motel accommodations in the town of 1,200. Traditionally, local residents take visiting magicians into their homes for the four*day event. Other participants stay in nearby campgrounds or in motels in Sturgis and Coldwater 14 miles away.
The Get-Together is not just for working magicians. Hundreds of magic fans flock to Colon to find out what’s new in the magic business, to rub elbows with the pros, and to be entertained at the evening shows.
Each day the Abbott show rooms will be the scene of illusion demonstrations, trick displays, and lectures. At night, some of the biggest stars on today’s magic scene will perform for the public in the Colon High School auditorium.
Top performers at the Get-Together this year will include Harry Blackstone, Jr., son of the legendary magician who helped make Colon the “Magic Capitol of the World.” Lance Burton, who will take a week off from his Las Vegas engagement to come to Colon, Otto Wessely, a sight-gag specialist from Paris, a one-man carnival known as Joe DeLion, and Landis Smith and Co., winner of the Jack Gwynne trophy for magical excellence, who will take the entire evening show on Wednesday.
Close-up performers who will show off their skills under close scrutiny from their peers include Martin Lewis, Chuck King, and Father Cyprian.”