With spring in full swing, it’s time to get out and enjoy some adventure and wonder — and there’s no better way to experience an enchanted spring season than by venturing out on some family fun filled with magic and amazing activities at the Queen Mary’s FantaSea: Magic Festival.
The Queen Mary is thrilled to introduce FantaSea: Magic Festival, a magical weekend aboard the majestic Queen Mary, April 8-10, 2016. The glory of The Queen Mary and the mystique of the Academy of Magical Arts, and their World Famous Clubhouse The Magic Castle will converge to create one of the most captivating weekends of the year. Show-stopping performances and interactive trainings create a spell-binding punch of monumental proportion on this magical journey. Traverse the once salons and decks now transformed into The Enchanted Corridor, Hocus Pocus Parlour & Pub, Wizard Alley & Platform, The Cauldron, Abracadabra Café and The Secret Circle Study.
Examiner spoke with two extraordinary magicians, Siegfried Tieber and Jimmy Holguin, who will both be performing at the Queen Mary’s FantaSea festival – to learn more about them, the FantaSea festival, their thoughts about performing at the legendary Queen Mary, and to find out what magic tricks they might have up their sleeve for the festival.
What can attendees expect to see at the FantaSea Festival?
Siegfried Tieber: People attending this celebration can expect to see some of the most prolific practitioners, thinkers and connoisseurs of the art of magic in the world. Attendees will experience drastically different performance styles and personalities, while getting exposed to the art of magic in the 21st century.
Jimmy Holguin: The guests at the Queen Mary will experience magic and magicians around every corner of the ship. From close-up card & coin tricks to stand-up comedy magic and illusions
Tell me about your style of performance?
Jimmy Holguin: I’m a comedy magician and my goal is to always put smiles on the faces of my audience. I personalize every single magic performance to match the audience and the volunteers. No two shows are ever the same. I have a great appreciation for the classics of magic performed with a modern comedic flair. I want my audiences to leave with memories that will last a lifetime and to know that they’ve made a new friend in Jimmy H.
What makes your magic unique?
Siegfried Tieber: I’d like to think that what I “bring to the table” is my personality and my approach to the art of magic, which I try to illustrate through my performance. Ideally, I want to share wonderfully whimsical stories and create the illusion of something impossible, something that has no conceivable explanation.
What type of magic show and tricks will you perform at the festival?
Jimmy Holguin: The magic tricks that I perform are highly interactive, funny, and jaw-dropping. I’ll be performing strolling close-up magic, standup comedy magic, and a special magic show for the kids and their families.
How do you feel about performing at the legendary Queen Mary?
Siegfried Tieber: I am extremely excited about this project! I can hardly think of a more fantastic (even in the most literal meaning of the word) location to perform and experience this unconventional art form. Truly unique setting for magic and mystery, indeed!
What’s your favorite magic trick?
Siegfried Tieber: The Bill Thing! (Have you heard about The Bill Thing?! People love The Bill Thing!!) “The Bill Thing” is my take on a magic trick create by American illusionist U.F. Grant, that first appeared in print in the 1st half of the 20th century. It’s an illusion many people have said many kind things about, and that I’m very fond of. In a nutshell: a $1 and a $5 bill are introduced, my sleeves are rolled up and…well, you’ll have to see it live!
Jimmy Holguin: My favorite magic trick is called the “bag and egg trick” and will be featured in a few of my performances during the FantaSea event. Not only do I perform the magic trick but a randomly selected volunteer performs it immediately after I do which leaves the whole crowd in awe.
Who is your favorite magician of all time and why?
Siegfried Tieber: There are many truly wonderful artists–and some of my absolute favorites in the whole wide world will be performing at Queen Mary’s FantaSea, exciting! But when forced to pick one the Spaniard Juan Tamariz is my definitive answer. Tamariz has published books that have been instrumental and have had major impact and influence in the world of magic. His writings, more than merely dealing with how magic tricks are done, delve into the fascinating realms of the theory, psychology and even philosophy of magic. Besides all this, he is a master showman and performer, concerned primarily with creating and sharing that wonderful experience of astonishment that magic has the potential to provide.
Jimmy Holguin: It’s really hard to pick out one magician as my favorite so I will name two magicians who have had a huge influence on my career. The first is David Copperfield. Though I have never met him, his television specials during the 80s and 90s planted the magic seed in my head. The other magician is named Lance Burton. Lance was a Vegas headliner for many, many years and my parents on a whim took me to one of his shows. After that show was when I officially decided magic was my life. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Lance and he is funny, charming, amazing, and an all-around good guy onstage and off. A perfect role model for a budding magician.
Friday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday, April 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
FantaSea: “Magic Mixology” Tasting Class ($18)
FantaSea: “Conjuring After Dark” Tour ($15)
FantaSea: “Golden Era of Entertainers” Tour ($15)
The Weekend Wizard Passport ($159) – Includes all activities except Mysteries of Magic Dinner Show
Friday only tickets:
FantaSea: “Friday Night of Illusions” Show ($29)
Magic Mixology in the Cauldron ($18)
Saturday only tickets:
FantaSea: “Abracadabra Brunch” Buffet ($29 – $49)
FantaSea: “Saturday of Prestige” Pass ($29)
FantaSea: “Mysteries of Magic” Dinner Show, includes the “Saturday Night of Mysteries” Pass ($99)
FantaSea: “Saturday Night of Mysteries” Pass only ($19)
Sunday only ticket:
FantaSea: “Sunday of Magic” Pass ($25)
Parking will be $20 upon exit.
To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit queenmary.com/events/FantaSea.