Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 13, 2014

Magic coming to Crossville

CROSSVILLE — At 7 p.m. on April 4, an evening of magic and illusion is coming to Crossville! Stone Memorial High School will be the site for Abracadabra! It’s Magic! — an evening of spellbinding and hilarious entertainment for the entire family. For one night only, six of the world’s greatest magicians, illusionists and comedians will astound and amaze you. They are Tom Vorjohan, Stephen Bargatze, Jason Michaels, Robert Jones, Tom A. Gibson and Jason Murphy.

Tickets are only $10, and proceeds will go to support the work of Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County. Tickets are available at www.ccccotp.org or at multiple area locations. Call 931-707-8200 for locations.

One of the funniest comedians in America, Stephen Bargatze is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and magician with over 25 years’ experience. He has performed at many magic conventions, including in England, is a regular entertainer at 4F, an invitation-only annual gathering of the world’s top 150 magicians, and has performed in the television special World’s Greatest Magicians IV. His genuine personality endears him to any audience. They find themselves caught up in the comedy and amazement of Stephen’s zany performance. His personal story of overcoming childhood abuse and an accident that left him with a speech impediment touches men and women on an emotional level, and his hilarious antics move them from tears of empathy to tears of side-splitting laughter in a few short seconds.

Magic Magazine says about him: “[He] possesses an innate sense of comedy that has enabled him to successfully overcome his fate. But, folks, his true story is more unbelievable than that. What most people don’t know or realize is that Stephen Bargatze has prevailed over a tragic lifestyle that had him destined for destruction.”

Robert Jones got into magic as a young child, after seeing his pastor do a few tricks to teach about God. He has been performing world wide for over 30 years, on cruise ships, at trade shows. colleges and universities, churches, and on television. He has worked with such notables as the Statlers, Charlie Pride, Meatloaf, and even made the President of the United States magically appear for a campaign stop. One thing is sure, no matter who, what, when, or where, Robert’s goal is to entertain.

Jason Murphy, a resident of Sparta, is now known as the "Magic Man." He started juggling at age 8, after watching a juggler at the circus. In junior high school, he became a member of a Peer Leadership group, learned clowning, and used his skills to teach younger kids to just say no to drugs. From there, he says, “I chose to take entertaining to another level by learning magic and illusions.” He’s now been performing for 23 years, entertaining young and old alike at birthday parties and corporate events, church gatherings, and many other functions. He has held the office of president of Tennessee Magical Society for three years.

Christian Counseling Center of Cumberland County is in its 12th year, providing a full range of affordable, professional counseling services from a distinctively Christian perspective to children, teens, adults and couples. Clients pay only what they can afford based on their family’s income. Though their counselors all work from a Christian perspective, clients do not have to be of any particular faith, or have a faith at all, to be served. Offices are located in the United Fund Building in Crossville; satellite offices are located in Sparta and Fairfield Glade.

Christian Counseling Center services are partially underwritten by several local churches, generous grants from the United Fund, Baptist Healing Trust, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Volunteer Electric CustomersShare, Middle Tennessee Gas Hometown Help, local civic organizations, and by donors. Ms. Donalson is available to speak at local churches and civic organizations on Christian Counseling Center’s services and mental health and relationship topics.  For referrals or questions, the Christian Counseling Center can be contacted at 931-707-8200. For more information, also see the website at www.cccotp.org.

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