We are now accepting Reservations for our Halloween shows, The Magic of Harry Houdini.

PLEASE NOTE: This for is for Oct. 13. If you want reservations for the Oct. 27 Show & Séance you should go here.

We are now accepting Reservations for a very special week of magic during the Abbott’s annual Get-Together, running from Wed. Aug 7 through Sat. Aug 10. Inspired: A Tribute to the STARS of Magic is presented every evening during Magic Week, starting promptly at 5:00 p.m. (so we can get everyone comfortably finished in time for Abbott’s gala stage show at 8 p.m.).

On-line Reservations have been turned off while we prepare for our next show. Please check our schedule for more information or call the restaurant at 269-432-2626.

On-line Reservations have been turned off for our show tonight. Even as you read these words, we are setting up at River Lake Inn for the big show. There are still a few seats left, so give the restaurant a call at 269-432-2626 and tell them to save one for you.

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, tax and gratuity not included.

Prepare to be amazed…


Is this a special occasion? Birthday? Anniversary? Please let us know in the comments below and we’ll try to prepare something special. Also, please let us know if your group includes children and what their ages are — we have magic designed especially for kids.

During October most of our Halloween shows end up with a lengthy waiting list. We have very limited seating available and we try very hard not to overbook (we all hate it when the airlines do that to us).

If it looks like you’re not going to be able to make your reservation please do us the courtesy of calling so we can give your table to someone else? Hopefully, of course, that won’t happen and we can look forward to seeing you at River Lake Magic sometime during the National Magic Month of October.

“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
“Rubiks routine was amazing!”
Bill & Cindy Fox Union City, MI
“Ron was fun and greatly entertaining. We really enjoyed his show, as well as the history of magic, etc. He is a very sweet, hospitable host.”
Tom & Mary-Jo Marick Battle Creek, MI
“It was GREAT!”
Robert Claywell Florence, AZ
“The best part of the night was the humor and magical surprises. And delivery of the magic.”
Patricia Stiff Battle Creek, MI
“Very good show — liked ending best with predictions.”
James Leonard Marshall, MI
“Fun & interesting! Audience participation is fun. Love the history about magic. Will be back!”
Regis & Stephenie Klingler Battle Creek, MI
“A fun and entertaining evening. Ron has a great way of mixing magic & comedy. Thanks also, Ron, for the pizza and table magic at the Broadway Grille ‘after show’ party. Looking forward to your return.”
Bruce Gezon Caledonia, MI
“Great show. Had a great time!”
Vick Alfredo 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
“It was a lovely way to spend my birthday, Ron. And I definitely think you should work in more of these adult themed shows.”
Kim Forde Kalamazoo, MI
“Had a wonderful time. You were great Ron!”
Tracy Oakley Sabol Colon, 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
“Ron you were so entertaining, A fantastic night of magic and good dining. It was well worth the drive.

“It’s not just about the magic effect, though that is important, it’s the entertainment, the heart that goes into it, I’ve been told that it’s 10% props 90% heart, I saw a lot o’ that last night, thanks again for a great evening.”

Randy Morris Gobles, MI
“I just got home from the most enjoyable evening… A friend and I went to the River Lake Inn for dinner and Magic… If you’ve never gone, get a group together, and do it… Ron Carnell is a great entertainer, we had the best time. He does an awful lot of interaction with his audience, I even got to go up and be part of his act…Seriously this would be a great evening for anyone…Dinner was wonderful. I enjoyed it so much, I just wanted to share.”
Carol Campbell Colon, MI
“It was a great night of fun, friendship and magic.”
Gary Laundre Grand Rapids, MI
“Lunch in the Signature Room at Schuler’s was preceded by a live magic show given by local magician, Ron Carnell, who both amazed and amused–a truly wonderful performer.

“You were in top form today, Ron. Hope we can do it again sometime.”

Bradley L. Taylor
Associate Director, Museum Studies Program at University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
“Great Show!”
Anne Riopel
“Ron…Congratulations on your continuous “Excellent” Magic Shows at “River Lake Inn”.

“What I like most about you is the fact that you are an entertainer ala (Karrell Fox) complicated fancy cuts and displays of a deck of cards…no…you entertain!

Marien Hopman Chatham, Ontario
“Ron Carnell it was a absolute great night! We appreciate your talents. My name was the funny punch line for the rest of the night. We will definitely be back again.”
Thomas J Klaiss Coldwater, MI
“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
“Great show! :)” Amanda and Todd
What did the Today Show say about The Magic Capital of the World?


“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

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