The Scene: Week­end of Won­der

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - News - Story by Ali­son B. Har­bour, pho­tog­ra­phy by Beth Bright and cour­tesy of Maxwelll Blade

The Week­end of Won­der re­turns to Hot Springs with a dream team to trans­form down­town into a mag­i­cal won­der­land. Master ma­gi­cians Jay Scott Berry and Maxwell Blade present the three-day in­ter­na­tional magic fes­ti­val with a stel­lar cast on Sept. 19-21.

“The event de­buted last year and we want to make it an an­nual event here and in North Carolina in the spring,” Maxwell Blade told Hot Springs on the Go!

“It was a big hit here and went very well in Asheville. We sold out ev­ery show in Hot Springs. All of the per­form­ers had a great time. They loved Hot Springs. Peo­ple came from seven or eight states. We will con­tinue to make it big­ger and bet­ter each year. We have some of the same per­form­ers com­ing this year along with a new lineup and there are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to see magic live, up close, in per­son and talk to some of the big­gest well-known per­form­ers in the world to­day.”

When Blade and Berry first put to­gether the fes­ti­val, they wanted per­form­ers to ap­pear in a va­ri­ety of fam­ily-ori­ented shows.

“It was sim­i­lar to de­sign­ing a restau­rant menu,” Blade said. “We wanted dif­fer­ent styles.” Their de­sign proved suc­cess­ful, and they will con­tinue to of­fer fes­ti­val­go­ers an op­por­tu­nity to take part in lec­tures and work­shops and to see all facets in the world of magic such as com­edy, street magic, close-up, par­lor, big stage and men­tal­ism.

“I will do some­thing dif­fer­ent this year and break out my big il­lu­sions, some­thing I have not done in five years, for the big gala. You will get to see three or four of my big il­lu­sions with fe­male as­sis­tants,” Blade said.

Blade will also host shows at his Theater of Magic and per-

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