This August, I had the opportunity to travel to a small town called Colon, Michigan, which calls itself the Magic Capital of the World. It’s a town of 1,000 people, and home to three magic factories. Each summer, magicians from all over the world converge on Colon for Abbott’s Magic Get-Together, which many describe as more of a family reunion than a trade convention.
Along with Nathan Cykiert, Ryan Manning, and Kyle Chayka, I got to shoot this short documentary, and more importantly, meet all the wonderful magicians and residents of Colon. I’m so grateful to these people for being so warm and candid, and for allowing us into their world for a week.
This town is special; there’s a particular energy and small-town spirit that evokes a strong sense that there’s still a place for joy, kindness, and wonder in the world. During Magic Week, it seems like everywhere you turn there are doves, jugglers, card throwers, coin tricks, and balloon animals. It’s strange and wonderful.
Make sure you also read Kyle’s full written piece on the Verge. It’s a great counterpoint to the film, and hey, you can never have enough magic.