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A final night of magic making

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World-renown costume designers to go out with a bang

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The City of Huntington Foundation will pay tribute to Ken Epperly and Ken Fox, owners of Magic Makers, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and tribute at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall.

A custom-made costume shop based in Huntington, Magic Makers will close its doors after 36 years of worldwide costume production.

Debbie Wolfe, friend of Epperly and Fox, said Magic Makers was well appreciated in the Huntington area.

“It was pretty neat that they were able to do that and stay in Huntington,” Wolfe said. “We sure hate to see them disappear from the Huntington landscape, but we wanted to at least send them off with a little party, if you will, and recognizing some of their accomplishments and let them know how much we appreciate them and wish them well on their future.”

The show will include tributes by Dave Benton, Mary Olson, Ryan Hardiman, John Eric Booth, Clint McElroy, Helen Freeman, Mark McVey, Beth McVey and Wolfe. Special tributes by Jennifer Garner and Michael Cerveris will also be included in the show. The show will be directed by Eddie Harbert.

Folks in Huntington are really not aware of the international scope of Magic Makers influence and success.”

Wolfe has shipped costumes with Magic Makers to not just other states, but to other countries such as Europe, Asia and South America.

“I think folks in Huntington are really not aware of the international scope of Magic Makers influence and success,” Wolfe said. “Epperly and Fox have won awards internationally for their costumes designs.”

Wolfe said it is gratifying to see how they came from Huntington and became successful internationally.

“It was extremely gratifying to see how they were able to carve out a niche for themselves here in Huntington and be so internationally successful in an unusual artistic medium,” Wolfe said. “You would think they would not have been able to have that degree of success working from Huntington,” Wolfe said.

Tickets are $30 for the reception and show and $25 for the show and can be purchased by calling the City of Huntington Foundation.

Mikaela Keener can be contacted at [email protected]

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