Thursday, October 21, 2010

There's Magic in the Air in New Haven

And Halloween is just around the corner

NEW HAVEN — Magicians will honor the spirit of the season, and the memory of Harry Houdini who died Oct. 31, 1926, by offering performances the week before Halloween. Programs are presented by members of International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 59.
- Wizard Jim, 8 p.m. Saturday, The Graduate Club, 55 Elm St, New Haven.
The Graduate Club salutes Magic Week in New Haven with a holiday meal and entertainment geared to the entire family. Wizard Jim, a Renaissance magician, will perform. Members can contact the club at 203-624-1129 for reservations.
- The Magic of Jeff Horton, 4 p.m. Monday, Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St. Free.
Horton will present a show that features family-friendly comedy magic, audience participation, and the appearance of a live dove and rabbit.
- Cyril the Sorcerer, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Alphabet Garden Bookstore, 1097 Main St., Cheshire. Free.
May will provide spooky stories and Halloween magic.
- Wizard Jim, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Stetson Library, 200 Dixwell Ave. in the Dixwell Plaza
Stetson Library celebrates Family Night with Wizard Jim, a Renaissance magician. Contact the library for reservations.
- Magic Moments with Bryan Lizotte, 3:30 Thursday, Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave. Free.
Lizotte is a professional magician, performing more than 20 years. He does shows for children, adults, corporations and restaurants. He is the local magician for the Thomas the Tank Engine "Day Out with Thomas" events and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team. He also does strolling close-up magic and balloon sculpturing.
- Cyril the Sorcerer, 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Temple Street. Free.
Cyril will visit diners, providing magic at their tables.
- Magic Dan & Snowball, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm St. Free.
Magic Dan has been performing children’s magic in New England for more than 50 years. His 45-minute show includes a live white rabbit, Snowball, and many magical effects using silks, cards, ropes, with audience participation.
- The Great Sirico!, 2 p.m. Saturday, Wilson branch Library, 303 Washington Ave. Free.
The Great Sirico’s magic show will have doves, a rabbit, and, yes, even fish. At the end of the show every child will receive small Halloween treat, and balloon animal.
- Keith Zalinger’s Extra-Sensory Performance, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Elks Lodge 1939, 158 S. Montowese St., Branford. $15 in advance, $20 at the door
Zalinger’s mind reading and paranormal entertainment is oriented toward adults and older than children 12, includes a cash bar. or,
- Cyril the Sorcerer & Natalie, noon Sunday, Farmers Market, Edgewood Park, Whalley and West Rock avenues. Free
Cyril and Natalie will attempt the great metamorphosis escape made famous by Houdini.
For details, go to or call 203-627-2973.

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