As you can imagine, social distancing and close-up magic don't mix. All of my near term, public live performances have been canceled or are pending rescheduling. This includes a fundraiser for the Athens/Limestone Library with other members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and strolling magic at Panoply. Stay tuned for rescheduling details. In the meantime.... I will be live on Facebook multiple times a week performing "throwback" routines from my repertoire and some new previews of works in progress. 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
I have submitted a performance piece of gospel magic to the Engage Art Contest. Yes, you read that correctly. See my You Tube video below and to check out their ongoing gallery of submissions.
Table side entertainment at Mango's Caribbean Cookhouse will premier TBA when in-house dining is allowed to resume. 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.
Chattanooga TN, trade show
Private event: wedding reception
Tues Dec 31
Here's what Juanita Healy, Events Coordinator had to say about me:
"Matt recently performed at Burning Tree Country Club and the guests loved him. He is entertaining and every bit the professional!"