Magic in the air for family show, G-A MAAX benefit

PAT FRIDGEN
DeWayne Izer and John Swomley will pair at the magic show as Haywire and will do their rendition of 'Who's on First?'.

"An Evening of Magic" is pretty much guaranteed to draw laughter from audience members of all ages. The G-A MAAX fundraiser, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, will feature Greencastle magician DeWayne Izer, and his cronies, John Swomley, Derrick Robey, Louis Paul and Michael T., who will entertain with magic and comedy. The performers have known each other for many years, and join forces to benefit worthy causes every so often. The proceeds from the event will go toward the Greencastle-Antrim School District stadium renovations.

"We're really excited," said G-A MAAX Capital Campaign Committee member Keri Lewis. "It's going to be fun."

The show will be the first in an anticipated Cultural Series, to bring programs to the Greencastle community that target different audiences. The first is for families.

"The acts do completely different things," said Lewis. "It's a fabulous use of our high school auditorium and will be fun for the entire family. It's a neat way to have something for the kids."

Izer, popularly known as Uncle Bean, has much more to offer than just creating balloon animals. The Greencastle man and Swomley, paired as Haywire, will do their rendition of 'Who's on First?'.

"That's our claim to fame. It got us to a national convention in Pittsburgh," said Izer, 48.

He dropped a few secrets about the show. Michael will "definitely have a rabbit", Swomley's head will get twisted, an optical illusion "will wow the crowd", participants from the audience will take parts in acts, Robey will sing to a picture that comes to life, Paul will perform traditional magic tricks, and a big surprise will occur at the end of the evening. That stunt was done by a popular magician on the Ed Sullivan Show, and Izer obtained permission years ago to do it too.

"It's a night of fun and mystery," Izer said. "Kids will have a good time and adults will be surprised, too."

Advance discount tickets are on sale at Carl’s Drug Store, Mikie's Ice Cream, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Sunnyway Foods, and in Chambersburg, Sunrise Electronics. Tickets are also available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m.