Oldham County Day Entertainment

Magician Lambert likes to
get close to audience

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(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. It’s a wonderful memory of my grandfather.”

Gregg Lambert

Gregg Lambert

Audiences will get to see Lambert’s up close magic tricks when he performs on July 19 on Oldham County Day. He will be performing a casual, laid-back children’s show before the children’s games at noon at the Project Guild’s 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 they’re 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, you’ll 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 Kunz’s Restaurant, Caesar’s Palace Casino, Max and Erma’s, Actor’s 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 Lambert’s 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 magic.”
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 Day.

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