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Entering its 26th year, jamboree will feature young phenom Matthew Laslo, acclaimed veteran magicians

COURTESY PHOTO: MATTHEW LASLO - Magic phenom Matthew Laslo will perform during the Northwest Magic Jamboree in Newberg in June.

Magic is coming to Newberg.

After a 10-year hiatus, the Kramien Family is hosting its 26th Northwest Magic Jamboree June 10-12 at the Big Top Ranch near Newberg.

Attendees will have access to performances and lectures from acclaimed professional magicians.

"The NW Magic Jamboree is the perfect place to spark their (children's) curiosity," the jamboree's press release said. "Kids will have an opportunity to meet real working magicians, learn new tricks, see amazing shows and get advice from the pros — including Matthew Laslo!"

Friday night boasts the debut performance of Rick Kramien's Shazam: The Magic Show, starring Laslo and his company of wonder workers. Laslo, a 21-year-old professional magician, won the award for originality and showmanship in the jamboree's 2012 junior competition at age 11.

Saturday evening showcases the "Stars of Magic" gala, comprised of veteran magicians Skilldini, Jade: The Beauty of Magic, Christopher Hart, Stan Allen, Mike Caveney and David Charvet.

Sunday's after show celebrates local talent via the Northwest Magic Club Showcase and honors Steve Dobson, "The Dai Vernon of the Pacific Northwest,' with performances from Master Payne and special guests Carey Heim, Tim Flynn, Scott Davis, Richard Kennedy and David Reeb.

Additional jamboree attractions include Bill Smith's Memories of Blackstone Show, which will include personal stories about their experiences working in the magic industry, and a close-up show and lecture by Jonathan Levitt.

Rick Kramien will also share memories of growing up in a circus with his father Stan Kramien. Stan Kramien, who founded the jamboree, passed away in 2015. This year the event is dedicated to him and his legacy.

"Stan loved the jamboree because it was a place where all kinds of people interested in magic could gather -- from Vegas headliners to young kids just learning their first tricks," Amanda Kramien, Stan Kramien's granddaughter, said in an email. "Stan was known for mentoring talent and helping many people turn their act into a living. Although Stan is no longer with us, presence is still felt by many in the magic world."

For more information and to register for the three-day event, visit magicjamboree.com. Registration is $175, which includes all events, shows and special meals. Children 12 and under get in free.

To save 20% on jamboree tickets, stop by the Lloyd Center in Portland for a discount code. For more information on the discount, call 503-995-7379.

Junior competition spots are still open. To register, email Amanda Kramien at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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