Bloch nominated for Stage Magician of the Year award

The Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood, the operating arm of the Magic Castle, has announced that Rich Bloch of Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre, is one of five nominees for 2012 Stage Magician of the Year.

The winner will be announced Sunday, April 1, in Hollywood at the Saban Theatre. Immediately after the show (where Bloch will also be a presenter in another category), Bloch and his wife, Susan, will leave to begin a 10-day performing tour of China and Korea, then hopping to Sorrento, Italy, to perform on a Crystal Symphony cruise to Istanbul.

Bloch is a seven-time nominee for the Academy’s top stage award.

“I’m honored to be considered again and to have fortified my position as the Susan Lucci of magic,” Bloch said.

Beginning June 12, Bloch will be performing special close-up shows at Dickens most nights at 8:30 p.m., and he will be on stage at Dickens on Aug. 1-8. For more information, contact Dickens Parlour Theatre at (302) 829-1071.

Dickens Parlour Theatre, named for author and amateur magician Charles Dickens, opened in June 2010 in Millville. The theater presents world-class magic in a parlour-style setting. For more information, call (302) 829-1071, visit or find Dickens Parlour Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.