MagicStars Weekend 2020 - young magicians convention

Columbus, Ohio - June 5-7th 2020

On June 5-7th 2020, Vanishing Inc. will host a fun-filled weekend for young magicians and their parents. Designed to take young magicians to the next level, MagicStars Weekend will be filled with shows, lectures, workshops, and competitions hosted by some of the finest magicians in the world, tailored to help aspiring magicians pursue their dreams in magic.

MagicStars will be an unmissable, unforgettable weekend to network, share, and dream together on the next steps for young magicians around the world. Gathering in Columbus, Ohio, we will work closely with each young magician on the skills and obstacles they need to overcome to become master magicians. NO ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED. Simply an interest in magic will do.

It's just 100 per family to attend, and this registration fee admits a young magician and parents to attend MagicStars Weekend. Every young magician receives $100 in free magic kits, to be used throughout the weekend. Signing up takes just two minutes.

Guests outside Columbus, Ohio are highly encouraged to register at the Crown Plaza Columbus North, where the rate of $116 per night has been secured.

MagicStars Weekend is jointly sponsored by the Vanishing Inc. Magic Fund and the Simon and Virginia Aronson Foundation.

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• Ages 8-18 welcome for young magicians.
• A parent or guardian’s presence at the Crown Plaza is required to attend.
• Scholarships available for families in financial need.

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Your instructors

Joshua Jay

Joshua Jay

Joshua Jay is currently performing in his own off-Broadway show, Six Impossible Things. He has recently performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Late Show with James Corden. Joshua has a decade of experience teaching young magicians, at the prestigious Tannen’s Camp as well as Sorcerer’s Summer Safari. He has also written two books for young magicians: Big Magic for Little Hands and Under/Over. Joshua is co-organizer of Magic Stars.

Andi Gladwin

Andi Gladwin

Andi Gladwin has performed on Penn & Teller: Fool Us, Next Great Magician, and is a regular featured performer on CW Channel's Masters of Illusion. He traveled the world teaching magic to all ranges of magicians from beginners to TV stars. He is co-organizer of MagicStars Weekend and will be making the trip exclusively from the UK to work with the young magicians here.

Joe Diamond

Joe Diamond

Joe is the head youth instructor at the Magifest Youth Program, and a seasoned professional performer. He brings a professional knowledge and a compassionate, thorough approach to teaching magic.

Shawn Farquhar

Shawn Farquhar

Shawn Farquhar is a FISM Champion, a champion of the SAM Competition, and a two-time “fooler” on Penn & Teller’s hit show. He is also a renowned teacher of magic and an excellent role model and instructor for young magicians.

Rachel Wax

Rachel Wax

Rachel Wax is a regular performer at several important New York hotspots, such as A Taste of Magic and Speakeasy Magic. She will be teaching us how to present magic close-up on stage ... and will be making us laugh for the entire weekend!

George Luck

George Luck

George Luck is the Project Manager at Vanishing Inc. Magic and will be documenting and photographing Magic Stars. He is a co-organizer of the Magic Stars Weekend.

Mark Hogan

Mark Hogan

Mark Hogan is a Cincinnati-based magician who worked in the private sector while perfecting his craft of magic. He is a mentor to several young magicians and has experience teaching and performing close-up magic.

Your Questions Answered

If your questions are not answered below, we are always available to help. You can email us at any time.

Are scholarships available?
For families who face hardships paying for hotel or registration, please email us to request information on scholarship availability. It’s our foundational promise that no child be closed out of the MagicStars Weekend opportunities, regardless of economic situations.

Can parents come too?
Not only can they, they must. We believe that a parent’s support for a young magician is an integral part of a child’s success. There will be programming for parents, and parents and welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities. While parents need not be present for all events, a guardian is required for registration.

What if we can only come for part of the weekend?
That’s a shame, but it’s absolutely fine. You are very welcome to come for as little or as much as you are able to.

How many family members can we bring?
We’re pretty relaxed about this. The Crown Plaza has a swimming pool, and Columbus in the summertime has LOTS of fun things to do. So bring the whole family!

How much prior experience is necessary for my child?
Absolutely none. There will extremely advanced young magicians, and some young magicians who have yet to perform before an audience. ALL are welcome, and there will be programming for all skill levels.

Is food provided?
You will be responsible for providing food for your child. There will be ample meal times to eat at the hotel buffets, and there are also many food options in the immediate vicinity. There will be a pizza party and closing ice cream party.

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The MagicStars Weekend Hotel: Crowne Plaza

6500 Doubletree Ave, Columbus, OH 43229, United States

We have arranged a special rate of $116 per room, per night for attendees of MagicStars. This is the same hotel that Magifest was previously run in.

To book your room, call 614-885-1885 (Option 2) and ask for the "MagicStars" group (block code: VM6) or click here to book online.

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