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Raue's 'Nothin' Up My Sleeve' combines magic, circus & Ronald McDonald

Magician/ventriloquist Glenn Chelius (from left), nationally-known clown figure Ronald McDonald and Nino Cruz will be part of "Nothin' Up My Sleeve 2.0," a 13th annual magic fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.
Magician/ventriloquist Glenn Chelius (from left), nationally-known clown figure Ronald McDonald and Nino Cruz will be part of "Nothin' Up My Sleeve 2.0," a 13th annual magic fundraiser Sept. 20 at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

Some of America’s best magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists and circus entertainers will come together Sept. 20 for “Nothin’ Up My Sleeve 2.0,” a 13th annual benefit for the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

The family friendly, vaudeville-style show has an addition this year as nationally known clown Ronald McDonald joins performers on stage.

Other featured acts include the debut of Wisconsin’s “Quick Change Escape Artist Pamela,” along with four new acts. Among them is Dennis DeBondt with his “Very Funny Magic” show, a blend of the improvisational work he’s performed with Second City and his children’s act, including a child “floating in the air.”

Comic magicians Greg Hubbard and Trent James, quickly becoming one of the top magicians in the country, also will perform, among others.

The event is produced by performers Nino Cruz, a magician and hypnotist from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and Glenn Chelius, a magician and ventriloquist from Crystal Lake.

The show is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Raue, 26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake. Tickets are $17 for adults and $6 for children ages 18 and younger at www.rauecenter.org or 815-356-9212.

“For 13 years, we have featured the finest entertainers to participate in our 90-minute production.

“Not many realize months of planning are spent making every year bigger and better, keeping it fresh and exciting to keep the supporters coming back for more,” Cruz said.

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