Voted the BEST magical entertainment in Alaska. Close up magic to full stage illusion shows. School programs, birthdays, company parties, and public events! Sensationally amazing! Hysterically funny! Unbelievable shows that are fast-paced and super-interactive!
The show was very entertaining! Kids of all ages loved it!!!
I will recommend for any kids party!
Don is a great a magician, the kids at my daughter's 6th magical birthday party had fun watching his magic show. My daughter loves the part where she did float, she keeps watching the video. Would definitely recommend her to my friends and family since he is nice and professional. The parents of my daughter's classmates that were there had fun as well and they were all watching the show and participating as well. Thank you for doing an amazing magical show during my daughter's birthday.
The MagicGuy Don has been a staple at the Alaska Railroad open houses, on board family-oriented special trains, and other employee and community events. He never fails to delight children with his zany humor, wonderfully silly expressions and antics, and of course his fun-filled magic tricks. Don is a reliable pro and I've appreciated his services over nearly 16 years with the Alaska Railroad. I hope I get the opportunity to use Don again.
Rhiannon's Birthday party turned out great! Everyone laughed and had a wonderful highly entertained time! Thank you Don Russell!!
I saw this guy perform at the airshow and it was not great. I wasn't fooled, and neither were most of the kids. He has a lot of energy and seems to try hard to entertain, but he's not a very good magician.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 1 minutes
What to Expect
Each performance features amazing sleight of hand, manipulation, music, comedy, and more. Most all routines include audience participation, volunteering to assist with effects and illusions. There are many twists & turns and lots of GREAT PHOTO ops! In addition to doing things with cards, ropes, rings, handkerchiefs, and other simple props, some of the illusions are quite unexpected - using swords, guillotines, rubber chickens(?), and even levitating someone from the audience. It's ALWAYS a good time - audiences roar with laughter and remember our appearances for a long time afterward. Our programs are so popular, we are often invited back - and we GUARANTEE our services! We are constantly updating and changing our shows to meet the repeat demand.
For over 25 years, the MagicGuy, Don Russell, has been entertaining, amusing, and amazing audiences all around Alaska. He is Alaska's ONLY full time professional magician. After many years of teaching and counselling (& doing magic part-time), he launched full time onto the magic scene in 1998. He performs close up magic, stage & platform magic, and has several full stage illusion shows. He also consults with local theater groups for illusions, magic props, and performance of routines and effects. He has a complete curriculum of "Magic As A Performing Art" which he offers to schools, theater groups, and other agencies.
Don is also Society of American Magicians, Assembly 163, President and Alaska Deputy, too.
Additional Booking Notes
Most of our shows can be done in virtually any venue. We can even provide sound and lights for some events. Should the event require use of a house sound system, we come prepared to plug in our own wireless mic and music. Should there be technicians working the show, we provide music on CD or flash drive with show scripts and cues.
Past Booked Events
|October 27, 2019 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Religious Celebration|
|May 20, 2018 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|November 11, 2016 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm||Birthday (Child)|
|February 06, 2016||Birthday (Child)|
|September 06, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|August 08, 2015||Birthday (Child)|
|November 29, 2014||Birthday Party|
Our stage/platform program usually consists of five parts - the Opening, manipulation/sleight of hand set to music, Comedy routine - interactive routine using a volunteer to get the crowd going, Middle Illusion - normally a visual illusion (something floating, multiplying, vanishing, etc.) set to music, the Build Up - a fast-paced routine featuring multiple assistants helping with an escape or "dangerous" effect, and the Finale - usually levitating an audience member. Our close up magic features HOURS of amazing visual, mental, and surreal effects and routines that happen right in the hands of the volunteer - or their mind! Some events have us do hours of close up magic using our "Magic Wagon" for fairs, carnivals, etc. Use of that increases what we can do for even LONGER periods of time.
Influences & Inspiration
Our programs are quite unique. Due to the fact there are very few other performers in Alaska, most of our repertoire has come from books. We do like to watch other performers - in particular, Rudy Coby and Doug Henning. Their styles were great, but ours is quite one-of-a-kind.
We come completely self-contained.