Dickens magicians take their act on the road

Professional magicians have already begun to amaze audiences at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street in Ocean City, Md., with “Dickens on the Road shows” returning for the fifth year. The nightly magic shows feature eight magicians throughout a two-month period, which runs until Aug. 29.

“It is a unique experience for visitors to Ocean City,” said Jason Gulshen, general manager at Holiday Inn Oceanfront. “It’s always fun to watch a group of strangers all sharing laughs, and by the end of the show working together to try to figure out how certain tricks were performed.”

Another summer of magic kicked off with Kevin Bethea, who has been astonishing audiences for more than 25 years with his illusions and sleight-of-hand skills. He performed through July 4.

“These are world-class performers who do hundreds of shows each year throughout the country and the world,” Gulshen said. “Some have performed on various popular television talent shows recently and now will be performing live in Ocean City.”

Next up is Mark Phillips, will show off his close-up card tricks and perfected sleight-of-hand through July 11.

“These shows are family-friendly productions that will have everyone in the crowd laughing and astonished,” Gulshen said.

Chris Capehart, who infuses comedy into his master-magician performances with spellbinding illusions, will be performing July 12-18. His routine has earned him the title of “The Ring Master.”

It’s the fifth year Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville has brought its professional acts to the southern resort town.

The performances are followed by a meet-and-greet, where audience members can enjoy an intimate, up-close show from the night’s magician. Drinks and snacks can be purchased before or after shows.

“These shows are, of course, great for families, but it is also fun for date-nights, group outings and team-building,” Gulshen said.

Dickens on the Road takes place every night through Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street, which has been converted into a theater. All rainy days will have a 2 p.m. matinee.

Tickets cost $15 and are free for children younger than 3. Tickets can be reserved by calling (410) 524-1600 or visiting www.ocmagicshow.com.

Dickens Parlour Theatre kicked off its eighth season in Millville this year, with nightly shows running simultaneously with the Ocean City performances, at 7 p.m. Visit www.dptmagic.wordpress.com for a list of shows at the Millville location.