The Scene: Weekend of Wonder
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-