Professional magicians from across the country will showcase their best tricks and illusions this fall as part of the Wednesday Wizardry series at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn.

"We want to show that there are professionals who perform for adult audiences and other venues," said Germantown resident Mark Phillips, who has been doing magic shows for more than 30 years and is one of the three producers of Wednesday Wizardry. "We want people to realize that magic is fun and exciting."

All of the performances, recommended for people 10 and older, begin at 8 p.m. at the Arts Barn, 311 Kent Square Rd. Tickets are $15 for Gaithersburg residents and $18 for non-residents.

"Wednesday Wizardry is part of our theater season," said Wendy Woodland, an Arts Barn coordinator. "Our programming is diverse. Wednesday Wizardry, in its second season, continues to offer a variety of different magic shows introducing our theater audience to magic as a form of performance art."

A performance Wednesday, "The More the Merrier," features four magicians including Puck, a regular on cruise ships and at theme parks; Barry Wood, a former headliner at Magicopolis in Santa Monica; Brian Curry, who has won awards at two international competitions and had creations published in magic journals; and Bob Sheets, an accomplished banquet performer.

Sheets also will present a solo comedy and magic show Oct. 20.

On Oct. 27, Alain Nu and Francis Menotti will perform original illusions.

"I want the audience to take away with them an appreciation for the art of magic and be able to see magic performed in different ways," said Nu, a producer of the series. "I would like for people to see magic as an art form that is creative and diverse and something for them to go and see. It is a performing art that has been around for thousands of years."

Magician Rich Bloch will perform Nov. 3, and a comedy magic show by Thin Air, featuring Phillips and magician Karen Beriss, will be staged Nov. 17.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call 301-258-6394.

Alain Nu, from top, Mark Phillips and Bob Sheets will perform in the series.