Spellbinders, the International Festival of Magic, comes to Reno for its inaugural event on Oct. 14-18. The series features mind-boggling feats of prestidigitation taking place at several Reno locations including Washoe County libraries, local coffee shops, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The public is invited to witness the talents of world champion magicians free of charge.

The festival is presented by the Education Renaissance of Nevada Initiative, a local non-profit helping to inspire northern Nevada’s youth to learn more about literature, math, art, science, and music through real-life examples and events.

“Our intention with Spellbinders is to propel people to discover some of the incredible resources our great city has to offer,” says Larry Wilson, executive director of Education Renaissance of Nevada Initiative. “In this digital age, our libraries and local institutions are often overlooked because people simply don’t know how to utilize them. By bringing in the world’s most talented magicians to perform free of charge at various community venues, we hope to reintroduce these areas of knowledge to our community.”

From the very biggest stage illusions to intimate close-up miracles, Spellbinders has an unbelievable line-up of award-winning magicians bringing recognition to The Biggest Little City. The lineup includes:

Washoe County Libraries | Oct. 14-17, 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Featuring: Lennart Green, Bob Sheets, Shoot Ogawa, and John Carney.
Locations: Northwest Reno Library, Spanish Springs Library (no Friday show), Sparks Library, and South Valleys Library.

University of Nevada, Reno | Oct.16, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Featuring: Dana Daniels’ No Show.
Location: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (Wells Fargo Auditorium).

University of Nevada, Reno | Oct. 17 5 p.m.
Featuring: Dana Daniels’ No Show.
Location: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center (Wells Fargo Auditorium).

Local Coffee Houses | Oct.15-17 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring: Gregory Wilson’s Coffee House Conjuring
Locations: The Jungle, Swill.

Pioneer Center | October 18 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Featuring: The Gala Show with international stars of magic Joaquin Ayala, Rocco, Dan Birch, Tina Lenert, Les Arnold & Dazzle, Michael Goudeau, The Flying Cavettis, and Larry Wilson.
Location: Pioneer Center. Tickets are available from any Washoe County Library, for free.

For a full schedule of events and information, visit spellbindersreno.com.