The Festival of Illusions is in full swing at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, celebrating its eighth year of bringing magic and much more to kids, families and those who love to wonder.
The spring break fun fest offers evening performances by jugglers, mentalists, magicians and physical comedians from around the world.
Ace mentalist Brian Ledbetter will take to the stage on Thursday, March 28, for an uncanny display of mind-reading and more. Predictions come true and thoughts are read. He even moves objects using only the power of his mind.
The schedule also includes a Festival of Illusions premiere on Friday, March 29: Iman Lizarazu performing her engaging 75-minute solo show, “Basquette Quese.” Originally from the Basque region of France, Lizarazu is the child of a dancer and grew up backstage at the Bolshoi Ballet and other companies. She studied juggling and circus skills in Dresden before she dedicated herself to physics and math — in fact, she holds a PhD in astrophysics. Lizarazu is a member of both Clowns Without Borders and Doctors Without Borders, and has taken her special blend of mime, juggling and comedy around the world.
On Tuesday, April 2, juggler, comic and laughter specialist Stefano Iaboni will present an evening of magic, audience participation and timeless, family-friendly entertainment.
On Wednesday, April 3, the cultural center will welcome festival newcomer Angel Ocasio, a nationally-recognized physical comedian who performs in both English and Spanish. A graduate of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he has performed with everyone from Pink Martini to Wayne Newton. He has also been named the Clowns of America International “Clown of the Year.”
The Festival of Illusions will wrap up on Thursday, April 4, with a plate-spinning, straightjacket-wearing, unicycle-riding return performance from festival favorite Henrik Bothe
“We’ve got one more surprise up our sleeves in 2019: Reserved Seating,” said cultural center Executive Director Niki Price. “In the past, all Festival of Illusions seating was first come, first served, and you had to get in line early to sit in the front row. This year we’re offering everyone the opportunity to choose their seats and reserve them in advance through our website, lincolncityculturalcenter.org. You can also drop by the LCCC Thursday through Monday, or call us at 541-994-9994.”
All evening shows begin at the same time: 7 pm, with doors open at 6:30 pm. Thanks to the festival’s premier sponsors, Oregon State Credit Union and Amy Graham at Taylor & Taylor Real Estate and Explore Lincoln City, evening show tickets are $8 for kids aged five to 18; $16 for adults; and $14 for seniors and students. Tickets are on sale now at www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org (click “Buy Tickets”), by calling 541-994-9994, or in person at the Lincoln City Visitor Information Center, located inside the center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.
The 2019 Festival of Illusions is also sponsored by Meredith Hospitality and Oregon Coast TODAY.