doug gancer magic-14Doug Gancer vividly remembers the moment that magic first entered his life.

“It was my first day of class in fifth grade. I saw a boy that had a crowd around him and I had to see what was going on. He was doing something with playing cards and I was amazed by it. It wasn’t so much the trick, but I loved the reaction from the crowd. I saw the twinkle in their eyes and the look of wonder on their faces.

“I knew, at that moment, what I wanted to do.”

Young Doug Gancer with Jeff McBride

Young Doug Gancer with Jeff McBride

Having graduated from Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek, Doug has come a long way since fifth grade towards bringing his dream to life. With the help of mentors like Tony Gerard, owner of a magic shop in nearby Kalamazoo, and encouragement from Las Vegas stars like Jeff McBride, Doug has already accomplished more than most magicians many years his senior.

Winning a stage contest at Michigan Magic Day in just his second year attending gave Doug the confidence necessary to start performing for lay audiences. He went on to win more contests, at the world famous Abbott’s Get-together in Colon, the Magic Capital of the World, and at the St. Joseph’s Superfest in Battle Creek.

Doug performs at a lot of private functions, but also has appeared at some pretty impressive venues across Southwest Michigan, and on The NBC Today Show. He’s played the famous Tibbit’s Opera House in Coldwater, halftime at a Battle Creek Knights game at Kellogg Arena, the Mendon Library, the Illusionist for the city of Mason’s fundraiser, and he’s a six-time veteran stage performer at the Kellogg Cereal Festival in Battle Creek.

doug gancer magic-47doug gancer magic-36Deb Owens, past Mayor and director of Battle Creek Festivals, first saw Doug perform at the Harper Creek Follies when he was in middle school.

“I thought his show was absolutely incredible,” said Owens. “I knew we had to have him for Cereal Festival and this past Spring was the third time (now sixth, 2016) for us. His show appeals to people of all ages and I just know he’s going places.”