‘Magic Night’ coming to Deltaville maritime park
by Bill Powell
Deltaville Maritime Museum
“An Evening of Dinner and Magic” will bring new dimensions of entertainment to the Deltaville Maritime Museum & Holly Point Nature Park as magicians Harold Wood and “William the Conjuror” (Penn Russell) offer illusions, legerdemain, conjuring, table magic, daring escapes, and humor in the maritime park’s events pavilion north wing. This pre-season event will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour featuring table magic and a cash bar offering wine, beer and mixed drinks. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. All table seats are reserved. Dinner favors are your own magic wand. Never know what you might conjure up!
At 7 p.m. magicians Harold Wood and Penn Russell take the stage. This will be the first time a portable stage has been installed in the north pavilion and will be 2 feet high for good viewing all around. There are only 100 seats available and are sold closest to the stage first; first-come, first-served.
The dinner menu by Chef Jane Hatch will consist of salad, chicken cordon blue, roast pork tenderloin, twice baked potato, green beans, corn pudding, cobbler, iced tea and coffee.
Harold Wood has multi-year awards as “Artist of the Year” and “Magician of the Year” and in 1988 was the Virginia State Juggling Champion. I can’t spoil the mystery of what he will do but I am almost sure you will see not only magic but, there might be a unicycle and a strait jacket involved somewhere.
William the Conjuror, aka Penn Russell, has performed for the past 30 years throughout the United States and the Bahamas as a featured magician. He has performed at Renaissance faires, historical events, comedy clubs, murder mystery shows, and as a historical magician at Colonial Williamsburg. As a specialist in antiquarian magic, William the Conjuror entertains a wide variety of audiences in historical costume and shares his love of history, as well as his quick wit, and quick hands.
Harold and Penn first met in 1979 and have been performing professionally together and separately for over 30 years. Each has his own unique style and presentation and is also outstanding in his own right. A chance to see both entertainers on the same stage is an opportunity not to be missed!
Tickets are $45 each for the dinner and show and are available at the museum office during open hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Reserved round tables that will seat eight may still be available for $320. “Will calls” are available, but due to the reservations must be prepaid. As of this writing there are only 33 seats left, so if you don’t want to miss this unusual evening, call or drop by today.
To find out more about the museum, visit http://www.deltavillemuseum.com.