With Chipper Experience, Chipper Lowell brings magic, mayhem to Chautauqua


Chipper Lowell has an explosive performance and some hilarious magic in store for Chautauqua.

In a show perfect for all ages — edgy, yet clean — complete with audience interaction and improvisation, award-winning comedy magician Lowell will bring “The Chipper Experience! Where Comedy & Magic Collide” to the grounds when he performs at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.

Lowell made his stage debut at 8 years old as part of the touring show “Disney On Parade.” He’s been in show business almost his entire life, and it runs in the family: His father was a clown and his mother was an aerialist, both with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. During his teen years, Lowell got into comedy, and after high school he worked at DisneyLand, performing six to eight times a day, he told VoyageLA.

After his Disney experience, which he considers a sort of “boot camp,” Lowell performed on cruise ships for about 20 years, creating and working on his solo show all around the world. Now, he feels lucky to live in the Los Angeles area, according to VoyageLA, as there are plenty of companies needing a solid comedy show, so now he has decades of experience performing for Fortune 500 companies. He has also been fortunate to land high-profile television appearances on “The Tonight Show,” the Disney Channel, “General Hospital” and “CBS News.”

Lowell tries to manage a balance between work and family — which is hard because of touring dates — but being based in Southern California allows for downtime with beaches and great weather. His wife, Lisa, was a Broadway dancer and a Radio City Rockette, and their son has traveled on tour with the family as much as possible.

One of the best parts of performing in front of a live audience, Lowell told Curtis Theatre Blog is that he “loves that each and every show is an adventure, in that even though you’re delivering a well-thought-out show, there are plenty of opportunities to ad lib and improvise along the way.”

He hopes his audience walks away having had “a very fun and memorable evening,” he told Curtis Theatre Blog, “for the people to laugh loudly and often, together with their friends and loved ones, and to really connect with each other and the audience as a whole. And after the laughs have subsided and they’re leaving the theater, I want them to think back and say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, … how the heck did he do those tricks?!?’”

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The author Gabriel Weber