Often, in January, the winter doldrums set in. The weather is lousy, events are scarce and everyone seems to be holding their breath for spring.
But, that's not the case in Milford because January marks the start of Milford's Magic Mondays, a three-month series featuring award-winning conjurors and comedic magicians.
"This is not your uncle pulling a rabbit out of a hat," said Downtown Milford, Inc. Executive Director Lee Nelson. "These are professional magicians."
1 Spot the sleight-of-hand
Chris Capeheart, a regular headliner at "Monday Night Magic" in New York City, kicks off the series with some serious sleight-of-hand trickery.
Capheart's specialty, a three-ring routine, earned him a moniker that follows him everywhere: "The Ring Master." Three-ring routines are actually one of the cornerstones of magical illusions and Capeheart perfected his in the early eighties, mesmerizing magicians and audiences with a close-up show more commonly performed at a distance.
2 Have your mind read
Jon Stetson, often referred to as "America's master mentalist" has entertained several former presidents (Bush and Carter) and royalty around the world.
DMI President Irv Ambrose said Stetson's show will leave people in a state of wonder, shaking their heads.
"I swear to God, if he's not reading minds, I don't know how he does what he does," Ambrose said. "You have to experience it."
3 Laugh through the amazement
The final performer of the series, Rich Bloch, has a life and background as magical as the tricks he performs. In 1946, famed comics Bud Abbott and Lou Costello asked Bloch's mom for permission to have her then 3-year-old son come stay with them in Hollywood to begin a career in show business. His mom declined but by age 7, he was hanging around stage doors and doing magic shows.
Now at 75 years old, he still regularly entertains audiences worldwide with more than 80 magic effects he invented. He also runs the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville, which hosts magicians and a Victorian salon full of antiques, secret bookcases and a lot of delightfully magical surprises.
WHAT Milford's Magic Mondays
WHERE Milford Senior Center's Crystal Room, 111 Park Ave., Milford
WHEN 7 p.m., Mondays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and Mar. 18
COST $10 to $15