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Magician Peter Samelson - PHOTO: DAVID LINSELL
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  • Magician Peter Samelson

Magic shows are not just for kids anymore, although children are certainly welcome to attend the inaugural Phoenicia Magic Festival taking place the last weekend in July at the Phoenicia Playhouse. Built in 1887, the historic building is the home to the Shandaken Theatrical Society and host to summer arts programs for kids and teens as well as community events.

Producer Barry Kerr, along with art director and headlining magician Peter Samelson, are thrilled to broaden Phoenicia Playhouse's programming this summer with a weekend of performances by an eclectic group of six talented sorcerers. Samelson, co-producer of Monday Night Magic, New York City's longest running off-Broadway magic show, hand-selected the performers.

"Alexander Boyce does beautiful classical magic. Harrison Greenbaum is an outstanding and well-known comedian and magician, who mixes in comedy in a way that both amazes and amuses. Leland Faulkner is a performer of classical magical variety art and a great character as well," says Samelson, describing some of the upcoming acts. "And Lucy Darling does saucy, smart sorcery and is currently nominated for the Magician of the Year Award." Master performer and magician Chris Capehart will be headlining the matinee shows.

"People will be very surprised at what the show delivers for them. We promise to give a fabulous festival of magic and delight," Samelson says. "We hope to make this festival ongoing and eventually expand," Kerr added.

The Phoenicia Magic Festival will take place July 26-July 28, with adult evening performances on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and family matinee shows at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. $15-$35.

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