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Magic show to benefit Safe Place

February 12, 2007

Friends of Safe Place, Washington County's child advocacy center, will present an evening of comedy and magic featuring nationally recognized and award-winning magicians at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at The Maryland Theatre.

Proceeds from the show will support Safe Place. The center provides comprehensive services to children who have been physically or sexually abused.

The evening's acts are Antje Pode, Ron Geoffries, Tony Chapek, Jay Sterling and Lynn Trefzger.

Germany's Pode combines the skills of a juggler with the artistry of a high-wire act. She and her performances have been described as "a breath-taking show, the height of an evening variety"; "the queen of the air, a true Cirque du Soleil-style artist"; and "gravity takes a vacation as you watch with open-mouthed awe."

From New Jersey, Geoffries, known as the magic comedian, works a variety of venues, including cruise ships and corporate shows.

Long before the You Tube craze came along, Chapek put together an act utilizing interactive media magic that has won first place at the annual conventions of the Society of American Magicians and International Brotherhood of Magicians, and at the Las Vegas Magic Desert Seminar.

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Sterling makes use of art, science and illusion to bend the rules of reality. A native of Lancaster, Pa., he is a three-time international award winner and has presented his act, "Figment," around the globe.

Trefzger has brought her comedy ventriloquism to more than 5,000 colleges, many major corporations, TV's "Star Search," A&E's "Comedy on the Road," "The Statler Brothers Show," ABC's "America's Super Showcase" and more.

The master of ceremonies will be the producer and director R.G.

Tickets cost $20 and are available from The Maryland Theatre box office at 27 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, or online at www.mdtheatre.org.

For more information, call Jeanne Singer at 301-797-2485.

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