Convention Center to host two magic shows Tuesday

Published 9:20 am Monday, July 24, 2017

The Vicksburg Convention Center will be the setting for a day of magic and fun Tuesday.

The VCC will be hosting two separate magic shows featuring Jackson-based performer Dorian LaChance. The first show will take place at 10 a.m. and is geared towards younger children, with more than 200 children from local daycares scheduled to attend.

“It is something fun for the kids to do during the day,” VCC executive director Annette Kirklin said. “We wanted to provide something to do in the nice cool building instead of outside where it is hot.”

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The second show will be at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under and free for those 3 and under.

“The evening show is something fun for the family to grab their kids,” Kirklin said. “It is something fun for the family to do and it’s not outside. They can be nice and cool in the building and laugh and have fun with their kids.”

LaChance has previously performed during the VCC’s annual Breakfast with Santa. He said both shows will be a mix of magic and comedy with fun for all ages.

“The daytime show more will be tailored to the elementary,” LaChance said. “More of the slapstick fun just lots of audience participation. The nighttime show will be more family oriented. There will be stuff for everybody, even the adults will enjoy.”

He added there will be no scary magic, such as sawing anyone in half. LeChance will also be joined by his friend Rocky the Raccoon, who will have a role in both shows.

“[Rocky] will be doing something extra special in the night show,” he said. “In the daytime show [Rocky] will be just making an appearance.”

The daytime show is expected to run about 45 minutes and the evening show will run about 55 minutes.

LeChance said to make sure you stay the entire time because, “There will be a finale to the nighttime show that people will not want to miss.”

This is the first time the VCC is hosting an event of this type and Kirklin said it is part of their celebration of 20 years in Vicksburg.

“It is something new and we are giving it a shot,” Kirklin said. “With our 20th anniversary, we are just trying to throw in something for community.”

Kirklin said they have already sold about 100 tickets for the evening show and, depending on how many are sold, they will decide if the show will be held upstairs or downstairs.