The Magic of the Steelgraves will take place on the Franco Center stage, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. The family friendly magic and illusion show features Markus and Angelique Steelgrave and starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.   Submitted photo

Markus and Angelique Steelgrave plan to present their family friendly show of magic and illusion at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston.

Their show will feature magic and illusion, juggling, upbeat music, clean comedy, and plenty of good-natured audience participation, said Angelique Steelgrave, according to a news release from the center.

Markus Steelgrave was inspired to be a magician as a child, after reading a book about Harry Houdini and finding instructions in the back of the book on how to do a magic trick. At age 13, he literally ran away with the circus, and later joined the U.S. Navy after high school. After his time on the high seas, Markus worked as a magician, a juggler, and a fire-eater. He has been a consultant for theater companies and TV commercials, and he is also a skilled balloon-twisting artist. 

Angelique Steelgrave earned a bachelor’s degree in theater at the University of Southern Maine and co-founded and performed with her own children’s theater, Krackerjack Theatre Company, from 1988-2002. She saw her first magic show as an adult when encouraged to do so by a theater director who was also a magician and needed a new assistant. Angelique was selected for the role, and magic has been part of her life ever since. 

Markus and Angelique Steelgrave partnered in 2002 and were married in 2006. Magic continues to be their full-time profession, and The Steelgraves, as they are known professionally, give hundreds of performances each year, mainly out of state. 

The Steelgraves live in East Waterboro with their large family of critters including doves, rabbits, cats and the occasional flying squirrel. 

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for children in advance or $20/$15 at the door.

For tickets visit francocenter.org, call 207-689-2000, or stop at the box office between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.   

 

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