County Day Entertainment
Lambert likes to
get close to audience
Helen E. McKinney
(July 2008) Most magicians can pull any old
rabbit out of a hat. But for Gregg Lambert, the trick holds special
meaning each time he performs it.
My grandfather showed me the trick when I was a 3-year-old,
said Lambert. A magic trick with a little rabbit is one he has never
forgotten. I do it regularly in my show. Its a wonderful
memory of my grandfather.
Audiences will get to see Lamberts up close magic
tricks when he performs on July 19 on Oldham County Day. He will be
performing a casual, laid-back childrens show before the childrens
games at noon at the Project Guilds gazebo.
Acts such as Lambert are chosen for the Oldham County Day entertainment
lineup so that local performers can showcase themselves and their talent,
said Victoria Motyka, secretary for Project Guild of La Grange, the
entity that organizes the event. On average, about 12 to 15 entertainers
are scheduled each year.
Motyka said Oldham County Day is unique because the talent is always
local. Sometimes theyre young and just starting out,
she said. Others, like the Oldham County Community Band, play
because they want to.
Project Guild members say they are excited to have Lambert perform this
year. There is a lot of audience involvement in one of his shows as
he does a little bit of everything, he said.
For the past 25 years, Lambert has entertained audiences across the
country, performing everywhere from Washington, D.C., to Las Vegas.
He performs both children and corporate shows, having performed at such
venues as restaurants, weddings, trade shows and private parties.
He is a member of the Louisville Magic Club, which he said has helped
him tremendously in his magic career. Magic is like anything else, he
said. If you put effort into it, like learning to sing or play a musical
instrument, youll be successful.
Lambert formed Louisville Magic to offer his performances plus additional
services including other magicians and variety acts. He has performed
his sleight of hand tricks for the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, D. Wayne
Lucas, Ed McMahon and Fuzzy Zoeller.
For a time, Lambert worked at a Louisville area magic shop, going on
to perform regular shows at Kunzs Restaurant, Caesars Palace
Casino, Max and Ermas, Actors Theatre and the Kentucky Center
for the Arts. He currently performs at the Galt House in Louisville
on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Nelson brings his style of up
close magic to customers tables to entertain them while they are
eating or waiting for their meal.
The quality that sets Lamberts performance apart from other magicians
is the fact that I like to be as close to the audience as I can,
he said. He described his performances as fun, interactive family
Originally from the Louisville area, Lambert said his magic is
designed for kids, but it may fool the adults as well. You are guaranteed
a good time at one of my shows.
The Oldham County Day entertainment lineup actually begins on the previous
evening, Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 7:30. La Grange residents Bobby
Bramblett and his wife, Diane, will perform a variety of music from
rock and roll to gospel on the Second Street Stage.
Also a part of the Friday night lineup is Elvis impersonator Todd Bodenheimer.
Performances will conclude on this stage at 11:30 p.m.
The City of La Grange schedules the Friday night entertainment. We
like to use locals, said Debbie Pollard, organizer for the Friday
night performance. It gives them a chance to spread their wings.
John Manning and the Thrillers will close down Oldham County Day on
Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with their Big Band sound. There
is always something for every age and musical taste on Oldham County
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