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Night of Magic & Comedy at Event Center

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014

Comic wizardry and Classic Vaudeville Tomfoolery is on tap Friday, February 21 at a fundraiser for the new Hope Christian School starring Magician and WBCL Radio personality Jim Barron. Billed by as “A Night of Magic & Comedy,” the show will be presented at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke.

Barron cites famed magicians Doug Henning and Harry Blackstone Jr. as influencing his personal style of prestidigitation. Among his more memorable feats are escaping a strait jacket at halftime of a Fort Wayne Freedom football game and correctly predicting the exact score of a Fort Wayne Wizards baseball game before the first pitch.

Besides his unique brand of laugh-inducing magic, Barron has been a broadcaster for many years with Fort Wayne radio stations including WOWO and WAJI. He currently is part of the morning show on WBCL FM, recently named by the Indiana Broadcasters Association as Best Morning Show in Indiana. Barron shares the show with Phil Reaser and Larry Bower.

Bower, who with partner Scott Nedberg will be the opening act for the night’s festivities, is president of Fort Wayne’s Bower North Productions. The pair will perform traditional, family-friendly Vaudeville style comedy, including Abbott & Costello’s iconic routine “Who’s On First?” Bower-North, which includes Nedberg and Bower’s wife Teresa, presented the Mystery Dinner Theater performance “Harry Ripley’s Birthday Blues” at the Roanoke venue on New Year’s Eve.

Tickets are $10 and may be ordered by calling (260) 483-3508, or by using Pay Pal at the venue’s website, A cash bar will be available along with concessions including sloppy joes, hot dogs and desserts. Sponsor for the event is David Culp & Company CPAs.