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Spellman's Magic Spectacular

Humor, Magic, and Positive Messages

by Nick Anis

Steve Spellman, age 45, caught the magic, comedy, and illusion bug back in 1960 when he was barely six years old.  He started out doing tricks with handkerchiefs, folding paper, cards, coins, and so on.  By age 17, Spellman had perfected slight of hand, stage illusions, and comedic banter and began to perform professionally.  Spellman has been mesmerizing audiences for a quarter century and has worked with celebrities such as Tiny Tim, Mohammed Ali, Michael Landon, The Sultan of Brunei, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Three Dog Night, and the Electric Light Orchestra.

In the 1970's while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army Spellman began performing for military audiences with the Special Services throughout Europe.  Upon returning home to the East Coast, Spellman worked nightclubs and hotels -- opening for well-known TV and stage personalities.  One tour took him from Maine to Florida performing "Rock 'N Roll Magic" with the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band. 

In the 1980's Spellman established his versatility while performing on HBO, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, cruise ships, comedy clubs, USO tours, theme parks, circuses, and over 100 cable TV stations from coast to coast.  His magical associations include charter membership in the Magic Guild of Southern California, International Brotherhood of Magic, and the Academy of Magical Arts (Hollywood's Magic Castle).

For the past 17 years Spellman he has primarily brought his unique blend of comedy and magic to schools and corporate events throughout Southern California as well as the glitzy clubs and larger arenas.  According to office manager, Chris Strock, "Spellman loves to perform for children.  The children, their parents, and their teachers really love his quick wit, humor, and amazing illusions." 

Speaking to the Travel Watch Stroke said, "The 1 1/2 hour 'Spellman's Magic Spectacular' show offers a high-energy performance like no other offered to schools. There is no cost to the schools because Spellman's production company sells tickets to the families of the community for about the same price as a movie ticket.  Spellman also provides free educational assemblies for the children of the school prior to the elaborate family magic show, Spellman's Magic Spectacular, which promotes literacy, positive self-esteem, and just say no to drugs.  Spellman's assembly is a one man, high energy, 30 minute show with his magic bunny (of course) that really motives the kids to be good listeners and stay in school - messages that he reiterates at the family night.”

The Spellman troupe (a crew of 5-8) arrives in a semi-truck filled with 10,000 pounds of lighting, sound, and staging equipment.  It takes a crew of five about 4 hours to setup for each show.  Shows can be done in doors or out, in daylight or darkness.

Spellman's Magic Spectacular show is a completely self-contained and includes elaborate illusions and props that one would one expect of a show at one of the major casinos at the Las Vegas strip such as Houdini's Trunk (Spellman escapes from a straight jacket, while tired with rope, handcuffed, and locked inside a chained and padlocked trunk), The Twist, (Spellman's assistant is split in two and her torso is practically twisted a knot to the tune of Chubby Checker's only hit single), The Mismaid (girl is cut into 4 pieces and put back together as if assembling a puzzle), levitation, and fire eating. 

Children and adults in the audience can participate in the show as volunteers while Spellman does some great ESP and card tricks and demonstrates his amazing ability to pickpocket 3 or 4 totally unsuspecting volunteers and relieve them of their watches, wallets, and so on.  The volunteers (especially the kids) really feel like stars on the stage.

In another illusion, "Where Did the Duck Go" Spellman makes a live duck disappear and then does it again in slow motion … seeming to show the audience how it is done, only to surprise them again when a fake duck turns into a real duck in slow motion.

Spellman's crew includes Cynthia Alamillo who has been his technical director for the past six years, Alyshia Leisher, Spellman's daughter (who has been a stage personality since age 14), Mike Jeffries, crew manager and stage personality, Steve King and Matt Harris.  This motley crew, along with Steve Spellman performs up to seven nights per week, 365 days a year making it the most popular family night performance in the United States.

Spellman has a knack for incorporating irony and hilarious comedy into the show.  In the illusion, "The Twist" Spellman splits his assistant in two, and twists her torso into a knot to the tune of the original music from the song as the same name, he plays mind reading music to the Mind Reading illusion, and so on.

When people ask Spellman how he does a particular illusion he quickly replies, "Can you keep a secret?"  And when they said "yes," he replies, "so can I!"

Spellman periodically works with Tiger Rescue, out of Riverside, who provides the show with a live Siberian tiger.  He transforms his assistant in a cage on the stage into the tiger and she then appears in a puff of smoke behind the audience.  In those shows, Spellman donates one dollar from each ticket sold to the Tiger Rescue, a non-profit organization that looks after endangered animals.

If you haven't seen this wonderful show, do it.  One of Spellman's specialties is connecting with young people as well as adults.  Spellman's boundless energy and enthusiasm is infectious; his fast passed quick wit performance truly keeps the audience "Spellbound" making it hard to believe and impossible to forget.

Spellman's Magic Spectacular
3802 Cornell Drive
Oceanside, CA  92056

Phone: 760-439-7581 - Fax: 760-439-0691

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Nick Anis is a food, wine, and travel and technology writer with over 24 books in print published by McGraw-Hill, Random House, Bantam, Ziff-Davis, Tab, and others. Nick's articles have appeared in The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, West Coast Media, The Family Publications Group, The Weekly News, and Travel-Watch.  His beats include food, travel, snow and waters sports, entertainment, family recreation, consumer electronics, home improvement, and automotive.  He is responsible for the Restaurant Row Ethnic Dining Guide, co-published by the Long Beach Press Telegram.  Nick is an accomplished downhill skier, PADI certified SCUBA diver, and when he's not sitting on his butt goofing off, enjoys a variety of active recreation including tennis, riding motorcycles, ATVs, wave runners, snow machines, horses, skeet and trap shooting he's also taken a stab at riding camels, donkeys, elephants, ostriches, lamas, dolphins, Reindeer, bulls, mechanical bulls, and buffalo.  Nick is a member (A Secretary/Treasurer) of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA), a member of the North American Snow Sports Journalist Association (NASJA), Computer Press Association, The Writer's Guild, and listed in Books in Print, Media Map, and Press Access.  You can reach Nick at


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