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On Tuesday evening, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 P.M., Midwest Magic is proud to present...

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Shawn McMaster is a corporate entertainer who has performed all over the world. He has performed his brand of comedy magic in clubs, theaters, Las Vegas, Off-Broadway, cruise ships, and is a favorite at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. He has appeared on TV shows such as Masters of Illusion and America’s Got Talent.
Shawn is also a writer of many books and articles on magicians and the art of magic that have appeared in numerous magic and mainstream publications. He was associate editor of MAGIC Magazine for three years and remained a contributing writer right up to its final issue. He was also the creator and editor of magic’s first all-digital magic publication (yes, even before Vanish Magazine), entitled The Mandala.
Shawn McMaster has been working in the trenches making his sole living with magic for 24 years. During all that time, he has rarely been without at least one weekly restaurant gig. Early on, he was working two to three a week. These days, Shawn is a world traveler, working engagements and corporate events around the world, yet he still keeps a very successful presence within restaurants performing for patrons and making restaurant owners very happy with his work. His lecture Deceptive Dining is a highly-informative study on the business of restaurant magic. Not only the best type of effects to perform in a restaurant setting, but an in-depth and detailed blueprint of how to gain, keep, and profit from a regular restaurant magic gig taken from over two decades of real-world experience will be presented in this lecture. If you have ever thought about performing in restaurants of any kind, you cannot afford to miss this.
“Wow! I can’t wait to purchase a set of these notes!!!! Learning from a pro!!!!”
—Paul Green (Referring to Shawn’s Deceptive Dining lecture notes)
“Just finished reading Deceptive Dining. You have a lot of great advice and ideas in there!”
—Mark Doetsch, Conjurors’ Corner Magic Club, Illinois
“I believe Shawn and his writing help fill the void of creative and informative voices in magic with his witty writing and expert reporting on all of the real goings on in the world of illusion.”
—Jon Armstrong
“When I think of Shawn McMaster, I think of an intelligence probing into the nooks and crannies of our craft unexplored by others.”
—Stephen Minch
“A very enjoyable lecture on restaurant magic!”
—David Goldberg, IBM Ring #55, Phoenix

Tickets are $20 and seating in order of reservation, so call today!

Midwest Magic
9706 Franklin Ave.
Franklin Park, IL 60131



On Monday evening, July 10, 2017 at 7:00 P.M., Midwest Magic is proud to present an night of lecture laughs...

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Robert Baxt is proud of the fact that he has never had a "real" job.  After putting himself through college with money he earned from doing kids' birthday party shows, he was presented with the dual opportunities of being accepted to both Ringling Bros. Clown College, and to Law School.  Without hesitation, our hero chose the one that would better for his comedy career: Law School!  But after graduating with a juris doctorate degree and taking the Bar exam, Robert never practiced and proceeded on to a full time career in show business.

With his comedy magic act, he won both the 1st Prize in the National I.B.M. Gold Medal Stage Competition (Lance Burton handed him the trophy and Robert claims it still has his DNA on it!), followed the next year by a FISM trophy for Comedy in Madrid, Spain.

He has performed in Las Vegas (anyone remember “The Magic & Movie Hall of Fame”?), on Cruise Ships, and at Magic Conventions around the world.  He has a line of Comedy Magic Routines available and writes jokes for other performers.  Penn and Teller performed his version of the Newspaper Tear on their "Fool Us" TV show and Joseph Gabriel had this to say about him:

He makes his home in Los Angeles, California where he spends his time with his wife and young son going out on acting auditions.  As an actor, he can be seen in the eighth season of the CBS hit TV show "How I Met Your Mother" playing the lawyer partner to actor Jason Segel (Marshall).  His lecture is on Comedy Magic.  There will be no knuckle busting sleights and NO CARD TRICKS!  Just lots of real workers material that packs small, plays big, and leaves an audience laughing and happy and wanting more magic.

"Robert Baxt is brilliantly funny and a great entertainer."--Walt Lees, Editor of Abra

Tickets are $20 and seating in order of reservation, so call today!

Midwest Magic
9706 Franklin Ave.
Franklin Park, IL 60131


On Monday evening, July 17. 2017 at 7:00 P.M., Midwest Magic is proud to from the combined IBM/SAM Convention--world renowned magician:



Negotiating the Barriers lecture by Trevor Duffy – July 2017 lecture tour

Trevor Duffy is an award winning comedy magician and entertainer residing in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He has performed professionally for the past 24 years.

His Close-Up and Parlor shows showcase a unique blend of comedy and magic, including routines with coins, banknotes, cards and utility devices.  He shares secrets and then his thought process behind the scenes.  Laws of Human nature are also woven into his methodology, all and all making for an extremely user friendly and practical lecture.

Cards are not a huge part of the lecture – purposefully. Rather, he has included a great deal of other material.  His use of clothing for instance, as a utility device, is extremely fascinating and very useful. 

There are some ‘more on the serious side’ topics of the lecture and then there are other more humorous aspects, with some good laughs throughout. 

With many of the routines, Trevor speaks about the psychology behind ‘why I do what I do’.  A prime example is his DOUBLE YOUR MONEY routine.  His thinking is based on the Law of Reciprocity, which is explained in detail and as to why it is such an effective routine.  Hi will speak of ‘thinking more deeply’ with our magic and how crucial this is.  An example is presented which leaves the audience without any clue as to how things could have worked.

In the second half of the lecture, along with more magic, Trevor will discuss and share how important positive thinking is and how this is so connected to our own success and his unique method for practice.

In Trevor's words: "I guarantee an evening with much to learn and think about, no matter what style of magic people perform.  Much of what I talk about, can be merged into whoever we are as magical entertainers.  To conclude, whilst there are some sleight-of-hand techniques used in my lecture and which I teach, I pride myself in saying that I have constructed this lecture in such a way that it is ‘Magician friendly’.  In other words, there is not “simply impossible stuff” that I do and which 90% of people will never be able to learn.  Rather the other way around - 90% of the audience will be able to learn and I guarantee that everyone will take something (or some things) valuable home with them."

"Trevor Duffy's lecture is commercial, numbering among the best this group has seen."--John Luka.

Tickets are $20 and seating in order of reservation, so call today!

Midwest Magic
9706 Franklin Ave.
Franklin Park, IL 60131

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