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.

ron-spread-cards-150pxRon 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.

colonmiSituated on the rustic outskirts of Colon, Michigan, River Lake Inn is determined to do its part in bringing the magic back to the Magic Capital of the World. The Magic lives again!

Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. Call 269-432-2626 to let ’em know you’re coming!

Ron Carnell recently appeared on National Television as part of a segment on CBS Sunday Morning News. Ron appears at the three minute twenty second mark as he gives a tour of the American Museum of Magic and performs for TV hostess Nancy Giles and students from Olivet College.

journal-150x133A reporter from The Sturgis Journal came to our June show last year and wrote a very flattering article. Check out their review of River Lake Magic at: Meal, magic featured at monthly event

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enquirer-150x105The Battle Creek Enquirer came to our August show. Read their review of our Comedy Magic Show at: Comedy, magic and a meal in Colon

“What a time of laughter and amazement was had by all tonight at ON BROADWAY Little Black Box Theater as RON CARNELL delighted us all with his comedy and magic show, Two Devious. Playing to a packed house, Carnell left us all wanting more. He has promised us a return show soon, so don’t miss his return. A great time was had by all. What a night it was!”
Susan Hanna Frook Union City, MI
“Love watching you perform Ron, Great magic, Great food, and dining among friends, makes for a wonderful evening.”
Randy Burritt Leonidas, MI
“What a fun night! Good food, good friends and Ron’s magic! I love being your assistant Ron Carnell. Those little girls did indeed steal the show! You just seem to get even better with every show I see.”
Paula Alexander Colon, MI
“You put on a wonderful show Ron, I’m so glad we came! Dinner was delicious as well! We had a terrific time from beginning to end. Thanks for all the laughter and smiles.”
Kit Detering London, Ontario
“Yes my wife and I loved the show you showed us some tricks I’ve only see on tv shows it was very cool”
Levi Wilcox Coldwater, MI

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“Special to The New York Times”

“DETROIT, Oct. 31, 1926. Harry Houdini, world famous as a magician, a defier of locks and sealed chests and an exposer of spiritualist frauds, died here this afternoon after a week’s struggle for life, in which he underwent two operations.”

October is National Magic Month, in large part because of Harry Houdini, recognized by almost everyone as the most famous magician of all time. We lost Houdini 93 years ago this October. He was only 52 years old.

River Lake Magic is going to honor the memory of Harry Houdini in “A Tribute to Houdini,” a special edition of our monthly Comedy Magic Show & Dinner. Be there, at River Lake Inn in Colon, on Saturday October 12 at 6:00 p.m., to help us celebrate Magic Month in our own unique style.

This will be our 8th annual October Magic Show at River Lake Inn, going back to our first one in 2011. Wow, hard to believe it’s been that long. The highlight of our October show will be “The Deaf Defying Underwater Escape.” I think Harry would have approved. 🙂

This show has it all!

  • Incredible Magic
  • Daring Escapes
  • Inexplicable Illusions
  • Electrifying Danger

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.

* $34.95 Pre fixe price includes salad bar, dinner selection, home-made dessert, and the MAGIC SHOW. Beverages, sales tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome. Call 269-432-2626 to let ’em know you’re coming!

River Lake Inn Restaurant
767 Ralston Road Colon, MI 49040

Directions at http://www.riverlakeinn.com/
More info on show at http://riverlakemagic.com/
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What To Expect When You Arrive …

audience01We 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.

More Magic!

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.