It’s MAGIC WEEK in Colon! August 7-10, 2019
AUGUST is a very special time in the Magic Capital of the World. For more than 80 years, the Abbott Magic Company has been inviting magicians and lay audience from around the world to visit the small village of Colon and partake of our very special magic.
The Abbott’s Get Together always starts the first Wednesday in August and runs through to Saturday night. Every night for four nights, audiences crowd into the local high school for world-class Gala stage shows. It’s a truly grand time.
And every night for each of those four nights, a relatively small crowd of people start their evening of magic with a Magic Show & Dinner at River Lake Inn. Our show starts an hour earlier than usual, promptly at 5:00 pm, so we can make sure everyone has time to enjoy their dinner and still make Abbott’s 8 p.m. stage show.
Seating is extremely limited and it always fills up early. Make your reservations by calling 269-432-2626 right now. Or just click here for our on-line reservations.
It’s MAGIC MONTH in Colon! October 1-31, 2019
OCTOBER is a very special time in the Magic Capital of the World. It’s National Magic Month.
It all started back in the summer of 1927 when a national “Houdini Day” was established less than a year after the famous magician’s death. In 1938 a Chicago magician sought official sanction for Houdini Day received permission from Mrs. Houdini to proclaim October 31st, the anniversary of Harry’s death, as National Magic Day. By 1966, National Magic Day had morphed into National Magic Week, running from October 25 to October 31. There were just too many conjuring activities and requests for TV and medial stories to squeeze into a single day.
Each year governors, mayors and other governing bodies throughout the country issue proclamations making the celebrations official. Several times in the mid-Seventies the U.S. Congress issued joint resolutions authorizing the President to proclaim the week beginning on the last Monday in October as National Magic Week. The last time such a proclamation was issued in Michigan was in 2010, by then governor Jennifer Granholm.
Official or not, however, magicians throughout the world continue to celebrate the month of October in honor of Harry Houdini, who died at 1:26 p.m. on October 31, 1926, in Room 401 at Grace Hospital in Detroit. Houdini was only 52 years old.
For the past eight years River Lake Inn has celebrated National Magic Month with live dinner shows. Seating is extremely limited and it always fills up early. Make your reservations by calling 269-432-2626 right now. Or just click here for our on-line reservations.
Bring your friends and family to River Lake Inn Saturday night, September 14, at 6:00 p.m., for an entertaining evening of comedy, magic and truly delightful food at our monthly Comedy Magic Show & Dinner special!
Ron Carnell, longtime resident of the Magic Capital of the World, will amuse and amaze you with a cabaret-style magic show before dinner, then wander from table to table with his visually stunning close-up, in-your-face tricks while your meal is still settling over coffee or wine. You’ll laugh ’til it hurts, you’ll cry ’til it feels better, but you’ll likely never again look at the world around you in quite the same way.
Join us for our special night of comedy, fun, and magic. Every month is different, every month offers a unique blend of NEW magic with a few classic favorites, and every month is guaranteed to leave you scratching your head.
Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. Call 269-432-2626 to let ’em know you’re coming!
Special Halloween Séance
“HARRY HOUDINI, if you’re not too busy this Halloween, I want to talk to you.”
Get ready! I’ll be conducting a séance the Saturday leading into All Hallows’ Eve in an attempt to contact the long passed spirit of Houdini, the most famous magician of the Twentieth Century. The sitting, as these séances are sometimes called, will take place in the dimly lit main dining room at River Lake Inn restaurant in Colon, MI, a small village long recognized as the Magic Capital of the World.
We’ll have a ninety minute magic show first. “A Halloween Tribute to Harry Houdini” is a show specifically designed to celebrate the life and magic of Houdini. Guests will then be invited to help themselves to River Lake Inn’s bountiful salad bar, and dinner will be served shortly afterwards, followed by desserts.
Finally, as everyone relaxes with coffee or wine, the lights will be dimmed, candles will be lit at each table, and the séance will begin. How long it lasts will ultimately be up to Harry.
Halloween Evening Highlights
- The Magic Show & Seance on Halloween starts at 5:30 p.m.
- The cost to attend is $34.95, which also includes dinner.
- Dinner includes a full salad bar
- Guests have an entrée choice of “Bloody Drippings” (Sirloin Merlot)
- … or “Zombie Eyes” (Shrimp Scampi)
- The alcoholic beverage for the evening is a “Vampire’s Kiss.”
- Dessert, either carrot cake or a brownie fudge sundae, is also included with the meal.
- Beverages, taxes and gratuity not included.
As always, we offer an intimate cabaret-style show before dinner, with our emphasis always on the humor, and then a special encore performance while your meal is still settling over coffee or wine. Because, of course, there’s no such thing as too much magic, especially in the Magic Capital of the World.
You don’t even have to like magic. You just have to love to laugh.
River Lake Inn Restaurant
767 Ralston Road Colon, MI 49040
What To Expect When You Arrive …
We encourage everyone to arrive at River Lake Inn at least 30 minutes before the scheduled show so the servers can take your dinner order and deliver your beverages. Most of our shows start at 6:00 p.m. after everyone is served and feeling comfortable.
Please note all our times are bumped back 60 minutes during Magic Week. The shows start PROMPTLY at 5:00 so everyone has time to make Abbott’s stage show at 8pm. You should try to arrive at River Lake Inn by 4:30 pm so there is time to take your dinner order and deliver your beverages. PLEASE BE ADVISED, we usually have a waiting list and if you’re not there by 4:45pm you could lose your reservation. If you’re just running a little late, please call us so we don’t give your table to someone else.
Please note our evening starts earlier for the Halloween Sèance show because the entertainment lasts a lot longer. The show start PROMPTLY at 5:30. You should try to arrive at River Lake Inn by 5pm so there is time to take your dinner order and deliver your beverages. PLEASE BE ADVISED, we usually have a waiting list and if you’re not there by 5:15pm you could lose your reservation. If you’re just running a little late, please call us so we don’t give your table to someone else.
The 45-minute Comedy Magic Show typically lasts about an hour. Sometimes a tad longer? When the show concludes and the thunderous applause dies down a bit, your smiling magician will invite you to help yourself to the salad bar.
Although your dinner selections were taken before the show started your server won’t turn them in to the kitchen until a pre-selected time (usually about ten minutes before the show is expected to finish). This means your meal will always arrive at your table fresh, hot, and ready for your full attention.
After dinner there will be yet a little more magic. Some nights it will be table-to-table close-up magic, with Ron trying to visit everyone with something just for them. Other nights Ron will perform something special with everyone in the audience participating. Encourage him a little bit by sticking around and he might just do both?
Most night you can expect your evening to end about two to three hours after the show starts. And trust me, you’ll have plenty to talk about on the drive back home.