Stafford Leader

Maximilian Foundation Presents Night of Magic and Illusion June 1

By ERIC ENGLUND | May 10, 2019

Stafford Township — The Maximilian Foundation presents a night of family friendly magic, illusions and mentalism for all ages at the Stafford Township Arts Center in Manahawkin on Saturday, June 1, at 7 p.m. The foundation is partnering with Smoke & Mirrors Magic Theater of Pennsylvania, which will bring several performers on the level of  those you would see in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

Tickets are on sale ranging from $20 to $40, and can be purchased online at All proceeds  benefit the Stafford Township-based foundation and will be utilized to fund local substance-abuse prevention programs such as Southern Regional School District’s  STYLE (Student Team Building Youth Leadership & Experience), Barnegat Township School District’s MIST (Mindfulness Infusion for Students & Teachers) and Project Aware, a dramatic presentation about the consequences of making bad choices.

Magicians/illusionists on the bill are John Bundy & Morgan, John Cassidy, Peter Gossamer and Mike Miller. Bundy and Morgan “perform high energy, grand illusion shows for amusement parks, corporate events, live theatre, television and marketing events,” said the foundation.

“You will see people appear, disappear, dematerialize and levitate right before your eyes. They have dazzled audiences around the world with imaginative presentations of theatrical Illusion.”

Cassidy is known for balloon feats. He holds several Guinness World Records for balloon sculpting speed, including Most Balloon Sculptures Completed in One Hour and Most Balloon Sculptures completed in One Minute

Gossamer combines magic, dance and theater, and is considered a pioneer in magic because of his original concepts and fresh approach to the art of illusion.

A master magician and illusionist, Miller combines magical effects with his imaginative sense of humor and is internationally known for his entertaining skills.

For more information, call the foundation at 609-756-5899. E.E.

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