FOX KIDS' CLUB
Ben Ulin has been setting the standard for entertainment at Adventureland since 1988.
The MAGIC AND MYSTERIES show at the Sheriff Sam's Salloon is the longest running show in the park's history.
This year celebrates it's 25th year.
Ben is excited about the return of his new blacklight magic show called GLOW. A very unique experience. It will be schedule for the 12:00, 1:00 and 5:00 shows. the 2:00 , 3:00 and 4:00 will the tradition style but with a mix of new illusions and the return of several audience favorites from years gone by.
Find out more about Adventureland here at their website www.adventurelandpark.com
In 1988, Adventureland contacted me about performing in their Sheriff Sam's Saloon theater. Margaret, my girlfriend at the time, agreed to assist me. Having been primarily a solo act in the comedy clubs and company shows, I had to design and customize several larger tricks to include her and build a larger looking show. The first year featured a unique western themed illusion we called The House Trick, which magically caused Margaret and I to switch places. This show also had our most enduring illusion, the Metamorphosis; my spoof on the classic Houdini trunk trick.
Over the years, we have been able to develop many different routines and shows. In 1991, I hosted a televised game show on KDSM TV called the Family FunZone. this was taped at Adventureland on the "FunZone" stage which had been renovated over the highdive/dolphin show pool area. This show was successful enough to continue a live version of it over the next two years. I was still performing the magic show at Sam's Saloon so I ended up running back and forth from theater to theater.
In 1996, the magic show moved to the Palace Theater at the front end of the park. The show was called, Unbelievable Magic & Mysteries. This was a much larger show featuring a cast of nine. The show had some memorable classic magic; A production and vanish of four people, sawing a woman in half, levitating and vanishing lady, transformation of woman to gorilla, and cannon trick that made a clown vanish and appear in a large drum hung high overhead. Many thanks to: Steve Daly for the set design, painting, inspiration, ideas, support, and love; to Dave Barr for prop construction and staging; Valerie Williams for choreography; and to the hard working cast; Krissy Still, Sara Stevenson, Kara Kerr, Stacey Smith, Chris Peterson, Dave Engebretson, Pete Bixby, and of course... Carrie Dean!
I moved back to Sheriff Sam's Saloon in 1997 after Adventureland decide to use the Palace Theater exclusively for company functions.
In 2000, I put in the Secret Corner Magic Shop inside Sam's Saloon. I have enjoyed offering entry level magic tricks to our guests and have hired some great people to help us demonstrate the tricks at the counter. On the list of Adventureland sales magicians are; Seth Vandertuig, Allen Roen, Steve Daly, Sean Carlock, and Jonathan May.
On June 13, 2003, I celebrated the 10,000th show at the park. Van and Bonnie from WHO Radio aired their morning show from Adventureland where Bonnie tried to hide a diamond from me. She was allowed to hide it anywhere in the park that she wanted. I was able to read her mind and find it. This was the result of a challenge that Van had offered to me and the result was that I helped Van perform the cutting in half trick on Bonnie in front of the live audience that came to witness the event. It was great fun!
11,000 times I've asked people to 'pick a card, any card'
Linked metal rings 49,200 times
I've done 9,000 rope tricks
I've had 12,560 children help me on stage
3,400 of those children have floated in the air.
6,800 men have put me into a straight jacket
I have made an assistant magically appeared over 9,520 times.
I have successfully cut a woman in half or divided her into thirds over 500 times.
My assistants have been floated, vanished, hypnotized, twisted, pulled through keyholes, chased by gorillas and dragons. They've been pierced by swords, spikes, knives, blades, even toilet plungers. They've been shoved in bags, boxes, baskets, cages, trunks, a coffin, a mummy case, and even a tiny doll house.
Now that's magic!