Harry Anderson's Halloween magic show to benefit Habitat

“Harry Anderson and Friend” – a special Halloween-weekend show of magic and theatrics, featuring magician and actor Harry Anderson – is set to offer chills and thrills on Friday, Oct. 29; Saturday, Oct. 30; and Sunday, Oct. 31, at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, all to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Tickets for theater’s 50 seats – and the included dinner at Twenty-Six following each show – are already sold out for Friday and Saturday, but as of early this week, tickets were still available for the show and dinner on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Anderson and Dickens Parlour owner Rich Bloch met more than 30 years ago, Bloch explained this week, while both magicians were performing shows.

“The magic community is relatively small,” said Bloch, “and we came to know each other through both of our performing circuits.”

Those who didn’t already know Anderson as a magician but who recognize the name likely know of him from his time playing Judge Harry Stone on the sit-com “Night Court,” which ran on NBC from the mid-80s to early 90s; or as “Harry the Hat” on “Cheers,” or from the title role on “Dave’s World,” a comedy loosely based on the life of columnist Dave Barry.

“He’s a masterful actor,” noted Bloch, adding that the show will have a theatrical ring to it and won’t just be “people getting up on stage and doing tricks.”

“It’s going to be an unforgettable show,” Bloch promised. “Harry and I have been working very hard on it, and it will be a full 90-minute rendering.”

Bloch emphasized that it is a Halloween show, so there will be parts that are scary, as well as those that are funny.

“Harry is a very dedicated guy. He is every excited about this show,” added Bloch.

Tickets cost $100 and include the post-show dinner at Twenty-Six in Millville, complete with Anderson there to mingle with guests.

Bloch explained that Anderson has a soft spot for New Orleans after getting his start on the streets there, so all proceeds from the three benefit shows in Millville will go to Habitat for Humanity – specifically to assist people who were affected by Hurricane Katrina five years ago this August.

For those who can’t wait another week to get a taste of magic at Dickens Parlour Theatre, starting Oct. 21, the theater will feature “The Amazing Kranzo,” a comedian, magician, mind-reader and entertainer. The shows are set for Thursday, Oct. 21; Friday, Oct. 22; and Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m., with a matinee show on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $8 for children.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to find out about other upcoming shows at Dickens Parlour Theatre, visit www.dptmagic.com online or call (302) 829-1071.