Saturday Dec 05, 2020

KCRF Series: Marvelous Matt, Magician and Escape Artist

Hopelessly in love with the art of illusion for more than 30 years, Matthew Gurley has spent much of his life learning practicing, and perfecting his magic and his stage performance.  Matthew was in high school when he was introduced to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. 

In the course of his experiences with the Festival, he has played all manner of roles including working for artisans and crafters, and in 2005 teamed up with Dr. Dumpe, a 30 year veteran of the Faire.  Matt has escaped from a straight jacket while suspended upside down 12 feet above the stage, walked in a bed of broken glass, fire-eating and even the Human Blockhead stunt. 

Matt’s wife Dani, and his daughter, Claire are both performers at the Faire.  You will find Claire on stilts and can find her on Facebook at “Claire Up There Entertainment”.

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Music was used with permission by Screaming Skull Productions.

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