Magical fundraisers

Touring magic show comes to Md., Pa. stages

Touring magic show comes to Md., Pa. stages

March 15, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Magic means money this weekend for two organizations in the Tri-State region.

Proceeds from a touring magic show - with stops in Hagerstown and Chambersburg, Pa. - will go to the Washington County Child Advocacy Center, known as Safe Place, and the Chambersburg Exchange Club, said R.G. Smith, the show's producer and master of ceremonies.

The two-hour show will be at The Maryland Theatre on Friday night; there will be two performances at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday.

The featured magicians are:

· Tony Chapek, who specializes in high-tech magic and comedy he calls "interactive media magic." According to his Web site, Chapek interacts both verbally and physically with a video image of himself on a high-definition television monitor. He makes solid objects appear to transform into video images.


· Ron Geoffries, a magician, comedian and juggler from New Jersey. According to his Web site, he specializes in a variety of styles of magic, ranging from close-up magic to large-scale stage illusions.

· Antje Pode, a German entertainer who combines juggling and circus stunts. A photo of Pode on her Web site shows her juggling several leather suitcases with her feet.

· Jay Sterling, a Lancaster, Pa., native who is both an entertainer and motivational speaker, according to his Web site. He specializes in the art of illusion.

· Lynn Trefzger, a ventriloquist and comedian who has appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E and Lifetime, according to her Web site. She has performed with the tour for three years.

Smith, a member of the Chambersburg Exchange Club, said the touring show got its start in Chambersburg 20 years ago as a fundraiser for the Exchange Club. It has since grown into a six-city fundraising tour.

The tour has raised roughly $1.7 million for agencies and community organizations that specialize in child abuse prevention.

This year marks the first time the tour has stopped in Hagerstown, Smith said.

Jeanne Singer, president of the board at Safe Place, said her organization could use the money.

By providing access to services from several concerned agencies, such as social services, law enforcement and Child Protective Services, Safe Place serves children who have been physically or sexually abused, Singer said.

Safe Place served 935 children last year. Singer said the agency needs more space; it operates in a cramped, 2,500-square-foot space above the Community Free Clinic.

"Right now we're giving our medical exams in what is like a closet - a rather large closet, but a closet," Singer said.

The organization is hoping to move into a bigger location by the end of the year, Singer said. "We're looking to go to 6,000 or 7,000 (square feet)."

Money from the Chambersburg shows will benefit the city's Exchange Club chapter, Smith said. The Chambersburg Exchange Club operates The ESCAPE Parent-Child Center of Franklin County, which teaches parenting skills.

If you go ...

WHAT: Evening of Comedy & Magic tour, featuring magicians Antje Pode, Ron Geoffries, Tony Chapek, Jay Sterling and Lynn Trefzger

· 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at The Maryland Theatre, 21. S. Potomac, St., Hagerstown

· 2:30 and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at The Capitol Theatre, 159, S. Main St.,COST: Ticket prices vary for each theater. Contact the theaters' box offices for more information.

COST: Tickets for The Maryland Theatre show are $20; tickets for The Capitol Theatre shows are $16 to $19.

MORE: Call The Capitol Theatre box office at 717-263-0202. Call The Maryland Theatre box office at 301-790-2000 or go to

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