As you can imagine, social distancing and close-up magic don't mix. After several cancelations due to COVID-19 earlier last year, bookings are starting to pick back up for 2021. 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.
Virtual Talent Show December 15
I was honored to be asked to participate in a fundraising event for a local non-profit: NAMI Huntsville. They work to provide support for people with severe mental illness and their families in addition to education, advocacy and awareness.
The talent show features local acts from North Alabama. 100% of the ticket sales and donations go directly to NAMI. For tickets:
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 Botanical Gardens: private event
Ooltewah, TN: 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."