RUMFORD — Rumford has been called “Maine’s Capital of Magic” and will host The Famous Unknown Magicians with a stage show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8.

Ten magicians will perform 10 minutes each with plenty of laughs, audience participation and some amazing magic. The show will be hosted by Wes Booth of St Albans and is open to the public. It caps off an intimate magic gathering which will happen at 49 Franklin that weekend.

Spectators will witness Alan Drew of Mt. Desert Island, sawing a woman in half with a bow saw. Daring Dennis Labbe of Steep Falls will be hung upside down by his feet as he attempts to escape from a regulation straitjacket. Massachusetts’ Stephanie Beach will amaze and amuse with her popular comedy magic.

Fred Carter from New Hampshire is bringing a special effect to perform. Henry Holava from Virginia will amaze with impressive sleight of hand. Local magician Scot Grassette will give a magic lesson to Brielle Flynn that won’t be soon forgotten.

The event honors Dr. James William Elliott, 1874-1914. Elliott was born in Rumford and became friends with Harry Houdini, who edited “Elliott’s Last Legacy.” He toured the world with Leroy Talma and Bosco and was named card magic champion of the world by the Boston Magicians.

The show takes place at 49 Franklin in the Mystic Theater; enter at right side of the building, take the upper lot at the theater door. Doors open at 7 p.m. for social, seating, theater snacks, and close-up magic at a table.

Tickets are $10 at the door. Advance tickets are $8, available at All That Jazz and Bartash’s in downtown Rumford and online at

Tables for four for $30 will be available only online or by calling 207-369-0129.

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