Gay Blackstone will welcome five world-class magicians, escape artists, jugglers, and the Redlands Y-Circus Unicyclists to the Harry Blackstone Jr. Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 13. Ed Alonzo, hilarious comedy magician; David Zirbel, classic magician; Mark Cannon, Yucaipan nd escape artist and inventor of escape apparatus (often referred to as a “modern Houdini”); Aye Jaye, the original Ronald MacDonald, now a comic magician and Scotty Cavanaugh, extraordinary comic juggler, will perform their amazing fetes.
All but the cyclists (who also travel) are performers at the Magic Castle, Las Vegas hotels, and present their acts all over the world, on land and sea.
An added treat will be live jazz music for the evening provided by Al Yankee, saxophonist and flautist, a member of the band who accompanied Harry and Gay Blackstone around the country and played during their performances. Yankee is also a former member of the U.S. Air Force Band and still joins in with them when they are local. He will play in the evening before the show and during intermission.
The 75th Diamond Jubilee “It's Magic,” is produced and presented by Assistance League of Redlands, as a fundraiser for Operation School Bell and the dental center will feature two performances, at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., with activities beginning one hour before each performance.
At noon, children will be treated to face painting and many other exciting “birthday party” activities, in celebration anniversary. Individual “magical Polaroid photos” will be offered for $3 each.
Theater doors open at 12:30 p.m. During intermission, the party activities continue outside and in the lobby.
A special treat will be provided before the matinee and during intermission, by Aye Jaye, and by the talented young magician Tanner Greenhalgh, who also performs in the Redlands Great Y-Circus.
For the evening gala performance, from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. there will be a reception in the lobby with music and hot apple cider while guests peruse the prizes available for opportunity ticket winners.
“Magical photos” will also be available for $3. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. During intermission, live music, specialty coffees, and gourmet desserts will be provided, included in the ticket price. Opportunity tickets will be sold at both performances for $5 each or five for $20 and the drawing will be that evening, with winner not required to be present.
Prizes include eight Magic Castle V.I.P adult guest passes (not generally available to the public since this is a private club) and a $250 gift certificate for transportation; one week for eight guests in a Cabo San Lucas presidential suite and a one week Adventure condo stay anywhere in the world.
“It's Magic” will benefit all the philanthropies including Operation School Bell which donates stylish new school clothing to children in the area; the dental center, providing services to children and adults at a nominal fee; assault survivor (ASK) kits; RALF bears (Redlands Assistance League Friend bears): and APEAL (Adaptive Physical Education Awards Luncheon), an annual awards luncheon for students from all Special Education classes who participate in sports activities.
The Harry Blackstone theatre is on the campus of the Redlands East Valley High School, 31000 Colton Ave.
Tickets are $30, $40 or four for $105 for the matinee and $50 and $65 for the evening gala. Contact Paulette at 792-5138 for tickets. For the opportunity tickets contact Ginger Boyd at 790-1519.