To help celebrate the advent of a magical new year, wizards have been summoned to conjure up some magic the last weekend in January here in a city known for strange and exciting events. The nights of January 25 and 26 will feature two such events; events of magical matriculation.
Friday night’s event is “An Intriguing Prelude….” in the Crystal Ballroom of the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. Creators describe the event thusly: “On the eve of the Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball comes an evening of intrigue and bewilderment hosted by a dashing conjurer and an enchanting ghost talker.” The conjurer is none other than Sean Paul, the nationally acclaimed illusionist from Eureka Springs’ Intrigue Theater. The enchanting ghost whisperer is the clairaudient medium, also from Intrigue Theater, the lovely Juliana Faye.
This mystical duo has mesmerized audiences from Vegas to the Bahamas. They have developed a presentation that embraces the wizardry theme of the weekend. And, to ensure an intimate setting for their bedazzling performance, a limited number of admissions will be made available for this first of its kind evenings. The doors and the cash bar open at 7:30 the evening of January 25. The performance begins at 8 o’clock. Tickets are popularly priced at $29.95 for VIP Seating (center row seats, only 50 available), $19.95 for general admission and are available through IntrigueTheater.com/event/magicalprelude/.
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Then comes Saturday and the night’s much anticipated event, the “Wizards in Winter Crystal Ball” set in the Crystal Ballroom of “The Crescent College of Magical Matriculation”, a.k.a. the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa. The administrators of “the College” are inviting guests to “gather their finest dress robes, best hat, and of course their magic wand” and prepare for a totally unique evening. Organizers are saying that “professors and students of wizardry” (those who get a kick out of such goings on) are welcome to attend for “a ray of merriment” amid cold weather outside by “gathering just past the fireplace and just inside the room of enchantment for a beguiling evening”.
To make this event the social gathering of year yet to come, formal/magical attire is required. The night is designed for adults 21 and older. Partial proceeds from the event will benefit The Merlin Foundation, a public policy and advocacy organization for abused and neglected children with a special focus on the family. The foundation is headquartered in Berryville, Arkansas.
The ball welcomes guests at 5 p.m. when the cash bar featuring “many magical libations” opens, followed by dinner at 7. Ticket information available at WizardWayoftheOzarks.ticketspice.com/wizards-in-winter-crystal-ball.