Chester Gault, of Vienna, has been performing magic for over 50 years. He and his wife, Sandra, have taken their show from Niagara Falls to Myrtle Beach, S.C., and everywhere in between.
Saturday, Gault and several other magicians will perform during the "Hocus Pocus" magic show at the Mid-Ohio Valley Players theater in Marietta.
Gault is president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 197, which is hosting the show.
"A couple other magicians and myself formed this club in about 1970 and it went inactive for while and it was reactivated about five years ago," he said. "There are rings all over the world...we have 13 or 14 active members and they are from the Marietta and Parkersburg area and we have one member from Athens."
Gault said this will be the third year for the "Hocus Pocus" show, during which four magicians - Gault, Kerry Blair, Kenneth Miller and Steve Dixon - will bring different styles of performance and personality to the stage.
Gault's performance will feature doves, ventriloquism, and plenty of audience participation.
If you go:
What: "Hocus Pocus" magic show, presented by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 197.
When: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Mid-Ohio Valley Players theater, 229 Putnam Street, Marietta.
Cost: $8 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Marty's Print Shop, 307 Third Street, Marietta, at People's News locations, or on the Mid-Ohio Valley Players website, www.midohiovalleyplayers.org. Tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door on the day of the show.
"The finale to my show is a tribute to the (U.S.) flag," he noted.
About five magicians will perform close-up magic in the crowd prior to the main shows, Gault said.
"Close-up magic is cards and coins and stuff you can do up close...just to keep everybody occupied before the stage show starts," he said.
Ring 197 member Mike King, of Marietta, said the show is appropriate for all ages.
"The show is family friendly," he said. "There's something there everybody will enjoy."
The 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows on Saturday will be the same, Gault said. Tickets cost $8 each, and can be purchased in advance at Marty's Print Shop, 307 Third Street, Marietta, at People's News locations.
Also, on the Mid-Ohio Valley Players website, www.midohiovalleyplayers.org.
Tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door on the day of the show.