As you can imagine, social distancing and close-up magic don't mix. After several cancelations due to COVID-19 earlier in the year, bookings are just now starting to pick back up. Fundraiser event for the Athens/Limestone Library with other members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians is still postponed. Stay tuned for rescheduling details. In the meantime.... I am live on Facebook multiple times a week performing throwback routines from my repertoire, some new previews of works in progress and my "Library Focus" series. See the link below to my page and be sure to "like" Matt Growden Magic if you don't want to miss the latest content.
(Magic Is) Art Contest
Update: my performance piece of gospel magic submitted 2020 Engage Art Contest has moved on to the next round of judging! My entry is titled Order and Chaos. You can find it under their Gallery in the Performing Arts section
Contest winners in the various categories will be announced later this year...
Table side entertainment at Mango's Caribbean Cookhouse will premier TBA. Until then, please patronize their carry out service.
Live magic is best but there is a ton of great magic on TV now. Here's a list of my favorites and the networks they air on. Check your local listings.
Penn and Teller: Fool Us! - CW
The Carbonaro Effect - TruTV
Masters of Illusion - CW
Steve Trash Science - PBS
Honorable mention: America's Got Talent on NBC has highlighted some great acts. Not to mention that a magician has won the competition the last two years in a row. Here's hoping for a "three-peat"...
What is close-up magic? Simply put, theatrical imposibilities experienced by small audiences just feet away from the performer. Adaptable to almost any venue and setting, the magic might be enjoyed while sitting at a table, as in a restaurant, or by people standing in small groups, like at a cocktail party or wedding reception. Though always suitable for children, my magic is geared towards adults. Themes often involve quirky inventions and demonstrations of (mostly true) scientific principles. A kitchen sponge absorbs solid coins and a Sharpie marker writes in any color called for. Or an audience member becomes a mindreader while participating in a Cold War history lesson. Whatever the mini-miracle witnessed, rest assured it will be delivered with tongue-in-cheeck plausability.
Huntsville: A.M. Booth's Lumberyard, private event
Back In Cafe, Chattanooga: private event
Tues Dec 31
Here's what Dr. Rebecca Howell had to say about me:
"I just wanted to share how wonderful it was today. We were very wowed by Matt's magic... I have no clue how he did [any of} it... I highly recommend him and we had a really fun time as well."