Magic Show Ticket Giveaway! And Pizza, too!

Editor’s Note: We’ll pick a winner this morning (June 11) and announce the winner Friday.

We’ve earned a reputation for having cool giveaways, but today’s giveaway is downright magical — literally. We’ve got a pair of tickets to Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion at the Walton Arts Center this Friday night, June 12th at 7 p.m. If you’ve got kids who love magic, this would be the perfect family night out for you. And we’ve got one more trick up our sleeve — dinner at U.S. Pizza on Dickson Street, just steps away from the Walton Arts Center.


My brother introduced me to U.S. Pizza when I was in college, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. There’s just something about the crispy crust… And the sauce? It’s one-of-a-kind. You’ll love it. If you’re not into pizza, don’t worry. Customers have voted their salads as “best in the state”! Another plus: They’ve turned their basement into a kid-friendly zone, designed with families in mind. Manager Rob Shaunfield, who is also a dad, tells me that there are things for the kids to do so you can leisurely enjoy your pizza while your kids play. We love that.

After you fill up on pizza and salad, you can levitate down Dickson street and pick up your free show tickets at the Walton Arts Center box office. Here’s what you’ll see:

spencer-illusion-2.jpgAbout the show: Award-winning magicians Kevin and Cindy Spencer will levitate, walk through walls, vanish and reappear on stage. The show combines scenery, music, lighting, special effects, audience interaction and cutting-edge illusions to produce a powerful theatrical experience. This magical duo can take audience members across a range of emotions — from comedy to edge-of-your-seat drama.

The Spencers are the only artists in history to be named “Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year” for a record-breaking six consecutive years, having also been named “America’s Best Entertainers” twice. They work with some of the leading inventors, creators and builders in the industry to incorporate never-before-seen illusions into their show. (Click on the photo to go to the Walton Arts Center website for more info and to see a preview video clip from the show.)

HOW TO ENTER: If you’d like to throw your name into our magical top hat, simply click the word “comment” below and tell us what you would do if you could wave your magic wand and make something happen. The possibilities are endless. (Clean house? New car? Kids with impeccable manners? A long nap?) You can also enter via e-mail by sending your magic wand wish to us at

NOTE: If you tell a few friends about Motherlode and/or this giveaway, you can increase your chances for winning dinner and the show. (Tell 10 friends, and get 10 extra chances to win!) Just be sure to put in the CC line of your e-mail so we can give you proper credit.

Now… Abra-Cadabra! Alla-Kazam. Get busy clicking and typing! We’ll contact a winner on Thursday morning. Good luck!


  1. Today my magic wand wish would be that my kids and husband would never have to suffer with allergies again!!!

  2. While I agree with the above comment about the allergies, I would want to be sent to the beach with my family for a MUCH needed vacation!!!

  3. I would like all the above, and a trip to Mexico to visit my mom whenever I get homesick.

  4. I would love to wave a wand every weekend to clean the house, mow the lawn, do the laundry, and fill the house with groceries. That way my husband and I could just spend the time playing with our boys.

  5. Clean house that stayed that way, paid college educations, or a new hybrid highlander. I don’t need much. 😉

  6. I’d create enough moolah to stash so we wouldn’t have to work and could travel and see this beautiful world.

  7. If I could wave a magic wand it would be over my mother’s house. She has so many unfinished plans projects that have had to be put on hold since her cancer diagnosis last fall. I dream of being able to go get them done for her, but there never seems to be enough time to do my stuff AND hers.

  8. I’d be able to help my husband at work more, hang out with my 14 y/o more, help my parents with their finances and give a huge donation to the Samaritan Community Center in Rogers.

  9. If I could wave a magic wantd I’d want to add a couple extra hours into the day!

  10. I would wave my magic wand to make my daughters 4th birthday (on the 23rd)be everything she hopes it will be. She has been talking about it for what feels like a year now. She really hopes all of her family will be there. (That has not happened for any birthday yet.)I just want her to be happy and feel loved!

  11. I would love to take my son, Lewis. He is the best big brother to his 3 younger siblings. He is an amazing kid!

  12. I just wish for more and more of the same. Oh. And for a cleaner, painter, repair person to move in with my family.

  13. For today I would wave my wand and have my infant go to sleep the first time I lay her down without a pacifire at night. Then she would sleep through the night!

  14. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have clean bathrooms, and no laundry! And if I could wave it again, I would be DONE with potty training! ABRA-CA-DABRA!

  15. I would want to wave the wand and have all people be healthy and happy.

  16. I would wave my magic wand and my house would be as clean as the day I moved in!

  17. Magic wand that can do anything? lets cure cancer.

    Second wish for myself? Loose — pounds!

  18. I would wave my wand and have an addition put on our house so we could have more room for baby #2. 🙂

  19. Hmmm…..ONE magic wand waving?? I’d wave magic wands into the hands of my boys so that they might magically help me clean house EVERY DAY!!!! If only……Hmmmmm……

  20. Hmm, truthfully, I’d probably choose to lose weight! Though that’s not very altruistic of me. 🙂

  21. I would in an instant wave the wand and have every inch of my house completely organized AND put a Chef in the kitchen; so I would not ever have to think about going near it, except to be served! That would be divine 🙂

  22. Waving a magic wand for me would include my husband being happy with his job or finding one that he loves as he is struggling with this one right now. He works so hard to keep me at home with our 3 kiddos. He has always provided more than enough for our needs and a few of our wants at times. I would love him to have some peace right now.

  23. You mean we can only have one wish?! Sigh… decisions decisions. I think I would have to go for financial security for my entire family. The rest can call stem from that, usually! Right now, on a more realistic line of thought… I could wish for the tickets to this show! My son LOVES magic and would have a great time! :o)

  24. I would wave my magic wand around my girls so they would get along ALL DAY!!!!

  25. I would wave my wand for a cure for all types of cancer. Then maybe a little financial security . . .

    But for now, a night of pizza and magic would be great.

  26. I would love to have a lifetime of happiness for the whole family. I think that says it all!

  27. I would wave my magic wand and all of my belongings would be moved and unpacked into our house we need to be moved into by the end of June!!!!

  28. Oh my goodness gracious. What would I do….Hmmmmm. I usually don’t ask for a lot. It doesn’t take much to make me happy. I believe with my magic wand I would have to do the trick of all tricks and have my house totally clean and organized, including the garage (Lord have mercy! I may need two magic wands to perform that little trick!!). And my two little girls would be able to pick up after themselves and keep things organized. Oh, to be able to walk into my house more than 5 feet and not trip over shoes and backpacks that have been shucked as soon as some little girls walked in the door. Now that would be magic!!! More like a miracle!

  29. I would wave my wand and my kids would always pick up after themselves and be more willing to help around the house.

  30. If I could wave a magic wand for one wish it would have to be for an EASY button. I’d love to be able to push that EASY button for all things difficult – cleaning, kids getting along, travel, and more… Wouldn’t it be great if we all had magic wands!?!?

  31. I would for children and grandchildren love, happiness and good health always!

  32. I would wave a wand and have my husband at home more and more time to sit back relax as a family.

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