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11 Willard Street
North Grafton MA 01536


The Willard House & Clock Museum is a historic place with festive roots, right in the heart of Massachusetts. Come visit us for a guided tour of our museum.

Mr. Potter's 19th Century Magic Show

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Mr. Potter's 19th Century Magic Show

  • Willard House and Clock Museum 11 Willard Street North Grafton, MA 01536 (map)

Robert Olson will recreate the magic of 19th century magician Richard Potter in an engaging performance at the Willard House and Clock Museum. Olson uses recreated and original props, 19th century costume, and the early language that appeared in the magic books of Potter's time to transport the audience for an evening of magic and fun. Potter first performed on his own in 1810, at the Columbian Museum in Boston. Advertised as "An Evening's Brush to Sweep Away Care, or a Medley to Please," the show consisted of magic with cards and coins, ribbons and boxes, and a variety of other tricks of magic from over 150 years ago. 

A reviewer commented on how much both children and adults enjoy the show.  The history of magic, the hidden science used by magicians, the elegance of Mr. Potter with his language, all work together so well.  Mr. Potter would be proud if he could come back and see how people today are still enjoying his magic.

Museum members— Free
Non-members— $10
Children under 12 — Free

Earlier Event: May 24
Clock Winding
Later Event: June 8
Flowers in Time