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Chuck Jones

Magician Chuck Jones, originally from Dundalk, will perform under his stage name Chuck Thomas as part of the Comedy & Magic Show at the State Theater of Havre de Grace, on Friday, May 28, 2021.

“I’m looking forward to entertaining on stage again,” said Jones. “I understand this is also the first night of LIVE comedy and magic at the State Theater of Havre de Grace since the pandemic.”

Rediscovering Magic

Chuck Jones had an interest in magic as a young boy. “Like most other kids, I saw magicians on television, “Jones said, “but my story is different. I fell out of magic when I was a teenager and I came back to it just four years ago.”

Jones, now 58, originally from Dundalk and a graduate of Archbishop Curley High School and the University of Baltimore, works for the federal government as a training developer.

“My job is so analytical that my physician suggested I find something to help me get in touch with my creative side,” he said.

About the Show

Jones will have a chance to show the results of his return to magic during a Comedy and Magic Show at the State Theater in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Acts include Glenn Edwards, Wayne Gonce, and Scott Alexander.

Jones has performed regularly throughout the mid-Atlantic and taught magic to cruise ship passengers. After the pandemic struck and it became obvious live performances were cancelled, he produced and performed a Zoom show he calls Magic Among Friends.

Edwards is also a regular performer throughout the region and has appeared in both parlor and stage magic in numerous venues including the Everett Theater in Middletown, Delaware. Like Jones, Edwards also gave up magic as a kid, only to return to it later in life.

In addition to being a magician, Gonce is an actor and has appeared in several movies including The Kids are Alright and television shows including NCIS: Los Angeles and Bones.

Alexander has headlined Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, is a regular on cruise ships and Zoom, and has made numerous television appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Got Talent, and Penn and Teller: Fool Us. He is also an author, recently penning a book on the life and magical career of Denny Haney, a three-tour Vietnam veteran and one of Baltimore’s most notable magicians who passed away in 2019. As a prolific creator of magic, Alexander has invented many of his own magic effects which he sells to other magicians.

The audience can expect a variety of magic for everyone — kids and adults alike. Portions of the proceeds benefit Luna’s House Animal Rescue & Education Center.

How He Got Back In

Jones said it was performances on cruise, which he and his wife take once a year, that reignited his interest in magic as an adult. “In fact,” he says, “it was a performance by Scott Alexander on a cruise that motivated me to get back in. Now here I am, several years later, performing with him onstage.” Alexander regularly mentors Edwards, Gonce and Jones.