Watch: Verge's Short Doc About Colon - 'Magic Capital of the World'
"Magic is such a universal thing." Who doesn't love a little bit of magic? If you're in the mood for something inspiring, and fun at the same time, check out this short documentary from The Verge about a small town in Michigan called Colon (Google Maps). Dubbed the "Magic Capital of the World", the doc takes a light-hearted look at a lovable town that contains three fabulous home-brewed magic shops/manufacturers, and hosts the annual "Abbott's Magic Get Together", a convention (that reminds me of Fantastic Fest) for magicians, illusionists and entertainers. Never heard of this place? Neither have I, but that's why it's such a memorable introduction. A nice little slice of Americana packed into an entertaining short doc. Have a look.
Read the full story on The Verge. The short doc was directed by John Lagomarsino & Ryan Manning, edited by John Lagomarsino. From the article: Colon is "a sleepy, one-streetlight town somewhere between Detroit and Chicago that proudly bills itself as 'The Magic Capital of the World.' (The name comes from a pair of nearby lakes shaped like the punctuation mark.) It's home to around 1,000 residents and holds at least 30 dead magicians in its single small graveyard. The Colon High School mascot is a giant bunny rabbit… For the past 80 years, Colon has hosted Abbott's Magic Get Together [visit], an annual gathering of several hundred magicians from all over the world who convene for a week of shows, lectures, and trick-jamming." I actually want to visit sometime, seems like it would be unforgettable. Thanks to The Verge for the story.