Magic show disappears, then reappears

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News 12 at six o'clock, March 14, 2008

Augusta, GA---"I'm down here to find some Shawn Anthony tickets," said Linda Phillips. That's no easy task. The magic show disappeared and appeared again at a completely new venue after the Augusta coliseum authority pulled the plug.

"There was no excuse. It was negligent on their part, and as an entertainer, I was sad basically for the people here," said Shawn Anthony. People like...Linda Phillips who had a lot riding on the show. "'s my birthday Sunday, and I'm celebrating," said Linda.

"Sometimes you have to get to a point that you have to stop a show before you lose money on it," said Harry Moore who is chair of the coliseum authority.

As of close of business Tuesday the show had sold 12 tickets. The venue holds 2000 people. The first performance was set for Friday night.

"The tickets went on sale late. They were only on sale 3 weeks prior to...if that," said Shawn. "Lets say a few weeks," said Harry Moore.

Shawn Anthony was supposed to play at the Bell Auditorium, but the show got axed. His name ended up in lights at the Imperial Theater. That is something he didn't have at the Bell Auditorium. I have not seen anything on advertisement with the magic show, and that probably had a lot to do with it, said Mr. Moore.

"Augusta's gonna get hurt by that because they're not gonna be able to get the big names in here because they won't come and that's bottom line," said Shawn.

He says it doesn't take a magician to see what he says should happen. "It's a simple thing of going to their board and replacing them, and getting people in there that really do know the business." Meanwhile, all is not lost. This disappearing act is now playing in a theater near you.

"Oh it'll be a great birthday. I'm just hoping that now it really is going to happen. Since I've gone through all this trouble to come out and celebrate." The magic show set for March 14 and 15 at the Bell has been re-booked at the Imperial for March 15. It will play at 8 P.M.

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