Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our Wounded Warriors, and What You Can Do

I'll be at Walter Reed Army Medical Center this Saturday, July 16, from Noon-2 p.m. doing magic for families of our wounded warriors. In the past year, I had two more extraordinary privileges. The first was performing at the White House Halloween Party for the Obama family and 300 invited military families. The second was in December, performing at the Army Surgeon General's Holiday Banquet for the Army Medical Command leaders and the Sergeant Major of the Army.

I LOVE doing military events because it's like working for my family. As a child of two Naval officers, and with four generations of Navy in my family, this is a cause near and dear to my heart. I flew before I could walk. We moved from base to base, making new friends along the way. I know what it's like being in a military family, although thank God I never had to deal with a parent killed or wounded in the line.

So why am I telling you all this? It's because the needs are acute right now, and you can help.

Saturday's event is sponsored by Operation Homefront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. By clicking here, you can find out what items and skills are currently needed to assist military families in the DC metro area. Here's the unusual thing - they mostly don't want your money. They need skilled tradesman to repair houses and cars, donations of vehicles, gift cards, supplies for care packages, party supplies for Saturday and so forth. Even in this tough economic time, that's probably not beyond your reach.

You can also visit servicemen and women - those who are here in DC may still be far away from loved ones. You can donate, and you can volunteer.

A word of advice: if you plan on visiting our troops at Walter Reed or anywhere else, don't plan on doing anything else the rest of the day. You'll be an emotional wreck. Seeing the courage, optimism, vision and faith of these amazing men and women will hit you hard. In the gut. And you'll never be the same.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Comedy & Magic Society show that is much more than just Magic!

Here is the announcement from producer Mark Phillips:
Summer is here; the relatives are all in town for the fireworks, but you still have a weekend you want to fill with fun. We can help! Come join the Comedy & Mystery Society on Friday, July 1st and Saturday July 2nd at 8 PM at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg. We've got a special treat with two guest acts appearing both nights! (We may run out of room backstage...)

We have been trying to get Jesse & James to do our show since we started. Though they live nearby; they entertain all over the world, in theaters, on cruises, and as a featured act at Dollywood. Our schedules have finally aligned and they are bringing their newest show, "Mutts Gone Nuts" to the CMS both nights. These two consummate entertainers always stop the show and now they have a troupe of performing dogs to add even more action to their hilarity. Who says Vaudeville is dead!

In keeping with the variety theme of this week, we are pleased to have Haywire join us again for both nights. With these two, you never know what to expect - magic, physical comedy, verbal fireworks - its all part of the Haywire package.

Our two magical guests, Eric Henning (Fri.) and Mike Kaminskas (Sat.), are both back for more fun with the CMS. Both are experts at magic up close and on stage, and both bring unique charm to each performance.

Our alternating producers and emcees for these shows are Brian Curry (Sat.) and Barry Wood (Fri.). Brian and Barry will prove to you that some of the best magic in the world happens in our own back yard. We hope you decide to come to both shows!

Once again, summer is our busiest season at the CMS and we hope to use this time to double our email list. We would be extremely grateful to have you contribute to our viral success by forwarding this article to any and all friends and family you think would enjoy our lighthearted, family friendly entertainment. They can sign up for future emails by sending one to me at

Close-Up Magicians George Woo, Jeff Eline and Nick Decutis will be on hand, ensuring that there is always more magic per square inch at the Comedy & Magic Society.

Come enjoy the air conditioned splendor and laugh until your sides hurt! The Arts Barn is at 311 Kent Square Road, the Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland. For further information or tickets, please call the Arts Barn at 301-258-6394.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Comedy & Mystery Society Show in Gaithersburg!

I'll be at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn TONIGHT, May 28, at 8:00 p.m. in the Comedy & Mystery Society show, alongside Brian Curry and Mark Phillips. We'll also have more magicians doing Close-up magic during the intermission! That's a crazy amount of LIVE entertainment for only $12-$15! The show is appropriate for adults and children age 10+

May 28, 2011
Comedy & Magic Society
Astounding magic and sleight of hand with interactive theatre and hilarious fun!.

Saturday at 8 p.m.
$15 Nonresidents / $12 City of Gaithersburg Residents
For tickets call 301-258-6394 or visit RecXpress online at

311 Kent Square Rd
Gaithersburg, Md 20878
Map & Directions

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gaithersburg Arts Barn Show March 25 at 8 pm

Hi Gang:
I'll appearing, along with Gary Morton and Barry Wood, in the Comedy & Magic Society show at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn. We'll also have two excellent close-up magicians performing before the show and during the interval.
Tickets for this intimate 99-seat theatre max out at $15 - an incredible bargain for live entertainment of this quality.
It is going to be a great show so tell your friends, bring your family and come out and see entertainment as it was meant to be seen, live and in person.

The Gaithersburg Arts Barn is located at 311 Kent Square Road, the Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland. For tickets, please call the Arts Barn at 301-258-6394 or go to .

See You There!
Eric Henning Magician