Festival of Magic returns to Hagerstown

August 16, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

When Dale Rabon isn't performing, people don't ask him to do magic, but that might be because he's rather sly about his hobby.

Rabon, 48, of Hagerstown, says he hasn't made it widely known he's a magician nor does he show off. He will occasionally turn to co-workers at Volvo Powertrain North America when trying a new trick.

"I get good feedback and your friends are not afraid to bust you on it if you make a mistake or something. They can be good critics," Rabon said.

After working behind the scenes at last year's Festival of Magic, Rabon is one of seven magicians who will perform this Saturday afternoon at the festival in The Maryland Theatre.


Audience members are advised to watch his hands closely because Rabon's preferred magic is manipulation or sleight of hand, which requires manual dexterity.

Other Tri-State-area magicians performing Saturday are Michael T, Frank Culler, Mike Brezler, Tom DeShong, DeWayne Izer and Izer's teenage son, Seth.

Magic acts are expected to include large-scale illusions, a comedy skit with magic, magic involving the audience and a Houdini trick, said director Charles James.

Rabon's interest in magic was first piqued when an elementary school friend who had received a magic kit showed him some tricks.

He started buying tricks while still a high school student in South Carolina. He read a magazine article about magic, saw a TV show featuring a local magician and visited his magic shop.

"It's just fun. It's a great hobby," said Rabon, who is occasionally assisted by his children, Alex, 16, and Rebecca, 20.

Rabon said he can do several tricks and continues to learn more.

If you go ...

WHAT: Festival of Magic

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown

COST: $10, general admission seating

MORE: For tickets, call the box office at 301-790-2000 or stop by the box office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, or go to

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