Magic and balloon-twisting at Sparta Avenue Stage


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— A new season of magic is coming to the Sparta Avenue Stage with “24 Karat Close-up Magic” a one hour performance of close-up magic featuring 2 performers — a headliner and an intro act — which is being offered the first Saturday of every month at 8PM. The first installment of “24KT Close-up Magic” is April 7 and features the master magician Bill Wisch, a professional world renown sleight of hand artist, who is also a teacher, innovator and creator of magic. Wisch has been teaching magic classes at the Stage since 2015 and he has performed at several charity events at the Sparta Avenue Stage. His magic is a twist on the classics. Magicians regard him as one of the best and Bill has performed several times at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood. Joe Garsetti will be the opening act. Cost is $20 and refreshments will be available but patrons are welcome to bring their own. Seats can be reserved by calling 973-769-3893 or tickets can be purchased at the door.

Co-proprietor of the Sparta Avenue Stage, Diane Garsetti, said,” We’re hoping that people consider watching 24 KT Magic as part of their weekend plans. We chose the name 24KT because close-up magic at its best looks like pure magic-like gold that is 24 Karat. The performers coming to the Stage are some of the best and are great entertainment.”

Future performers include: May 5 – Dan Fleshman, a Colorado-based magician who specializes in bar and after dinner comedy magic; June 2 — the sophisticated magic of the NYC based Eric DeCamps; and July 5 —an encore performance of Jason Ladanye, one of the best card magicians in the world today who was at the Sparta Avenue Stage in March 2017.

New Balloon Twisting Classes for children (age 10 and older) and adults will be held in April. The Balloon Twisting Classes will be taught by Peggy Hamlin, also known as Jinxx the Magical Clown, who does balloon twisting every Friday night at the IHOP in Hackettstown. The classes are designed for youth and adults who are crafty and those who want to expand their creativity into a fun and worthwhile hobby.

The Beginner class will be offered at 5:30 PM (offered April 9, 16, 23 and 30). The Cost is $30 and includes a good quality balloon pump and balloons and also includes one additional Balloon Twisting class (Level 1 or 2) for free. If more than one person in the family wants to attend the class they are encouraged to call 973-769-2893 for special family pricing. Level 2 classes will be held from 6:45 PM-7:45 PM (offered April 9,16, 23, and 30). Peggy will teach new and different balloon creations each week. Cost is $20/class and includes all balloons for the projects. Attendees should bring their own pump. After the Level 2 class, at about 7:45 PM, Peggy will offer a “Tying it all Up” session for free where students can practice, receive help, or try out new ideas for balloon creations. To register for the class or for more information text 973-769-2893.



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