Professional Magicians to thrill OC

27 June, 2016

Professional magicians to thrill OC

By Kara Hallissey 
Jun 23, 2016

(June 24, 2016) World-class magicians will begin astonishing audiences on Sunday at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street, when Dickens on the Road returns to Ocean City.

The nightly magic shows will feature nine magicians throughout a two-month period, which starts this weekend and continues until Sept. 5.

“This is a great night of entertainment for the entire family,” said Jason Gulshen, general manager at Holiday Inn Oceanfront. “It’s fun to watch families sharing laughs and trying to figure out how the magicians performed each trick. These are world-class performers in a 100 percent family-friendly environment providing another opportunity for a family beach tradition.” 

This is the fourth year Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, Delaware, has brought its professional acts to the resort.

“The quality of entertainers that Dickens brings to Ocean City is impressive,” Gulshen said. “All the acts are full-time professional magicians, many with shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and other major markets and many have performed on various television shows.”

The summer of magic kicks off with Peter Samelson, who is an illusionist, entertainer and philosopher blending simplicity and sophistication in his shows while provoking thought and inspiring wonder.

“Peter is an internationally known magician, who has performed all over the world, the headliner on Crystal Cruises and a frequent performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood,” said Rich Bloch, fellow magician and owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre. “He is seen as a magician’s magician because he travels around and gives lectures on magic. Also, he is the founder of Monday Night Magic, the longest running magic show in New York. He is quite a guy.”

Samelson will be performing every night at 7 p.m. until July 6 and returns a week later for another series of shows, July 14-19.

Chris Capehart infuses comedy into his master magician performances with spellbinding illusions sure to captivate audiences. He will be performing at 7 p.m. every night from July 7-13.

Capehart’s routine has earned him the title of “The Ring Master.”

“I get to perform down by the ocean and I love coming down there,” Capehart said. “Dickens is the best place to work.”

The performances are followed by a meet and greet, where audience members can enjoy an intimate, up-close show from the night’s magician in addition to audience participation.

“Get to know the performers and have your picture taken with them,” Gulshen said.

Soft drinks, water and Hershey Ice Cream novelty bars can be purchased before or after shows.

“It is very rare to find live stage entertainment for the whole family in the Delmarva area,” Bloch said. “You see world-class performers coming from all over the country and it’s a unique form of entertainment.”

Dickens on the Road takes place nightly from June 29 through Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. inside the conference room, which has been converted into a theatre at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront on 67th Street. All rainy days will have a 2 p.m. matinee.

“The magic shows are strategically placed to give parents a flexible choice for the evening,” Bloch said. “By starting at 7 p.m., attendees have the opportunity to have dinner at Touch of Italy [inside the hotel] or when the show is over an hour later, they can go back out and enjoy the rest of their evening.”

Tickets cost $18 for adults and $14 for children 12 and younger and can be reserved by calling 410-524-1600 or visit

“It’s fun for families, date nights, social groups, or company team building,” Gulshen said. “This is our fourth season and we expect this to be our best yet.”

Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, Del. kicked off its seventh season this year with nightly shows running simultaneously with the Ocean City performances at 7 p.m. Visit for a list of shows in its Delaware location.

“One of the greatest experiences is seeing the same families coming back each year and hearing a Dickens show is a must-see for their vacations,” Bloch said.


Magician line-up

June 29-July 6: Peter Samelson

July 7-13: Chris Capehart

July 14-19: Peter Samelson

July 20-26: Dave Cox

July 27-Aug. 2: Brian Curry

Aug. 3-9: Mark Phillips

Aug. 10-16: Brian Staron

Aug. 17-23: Will Fern

Aug. 24-30: Andrew Goldenhersh

Aug. 31- Sept. 5: Jay Read

*(subject to change)