Illusions Magic Bar

1025 S. Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21230


About Illusions Magic Bar & Theater

Ken Horsman:  Feb. 27th, 1958 - May 12th, 2016

When you ask someone what college he or she wants to attend, the normal answer is typically not clown college. There was nothing normal about a young man named Ken Horsman. This is where the story of Illusions beings.  At the age of 18, a young Ken Horsman, traveled with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Baily Circus for 5 years where he performed as a professional clown. During his last two years he served as the “Boss Clown” of the Clown Alley. On the show he also served as the “Advance Clown”, traveling ahead of the show handling public relations serving as the “Good Will Ambassador” to Ringling, he promoted the show town to town on radio, TV and newspaper.


Upon leaving the Circus in '81, he was hired by McDonald's to replace Willard Scott as Ronald McDonald. For over 20 years he represented the McDonald's corporation for over 500 restaurants across the Washington D.C, Virginia & West Virginia region as one of the worlds most recognized cultural icons. He is an expert in marketing and public relations having worked on multiple occasions along side presidents & movie stars. Upon working for McDonald's, at the age of 24, Ken purchased property in South Baltimore/ Federal Hill. He opened up his first magic shop on the 1300 block of Light Street, known as Ken-Zo’s. With the business growing, he then purchased 1025 South Charles Street and moved the store over to that location where Illusions has currently been operating for 10 years. The magic shop, Ken-Zo's, was one of the largest magic shops in the country. 

Spencer Horsman

Spencer Horsman was born in the entertainment business.  Both of his parents, Ken & Mary Horsman, were both former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns as well as Ronald McDonald for 20 years.  Spencer was introduced to magic when he was 4 years old when his father opened his magic shop.

While performing with dad, Spencer started learning ventriloquism at age 8 and at that point started traveling & performing nationwide.  A child prodigy at 15, Spencer had already made feature appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jerry Springer Show, Talk Soup, The Statler Brothers Show as well as performing with David Copperfield & Lance Burton in Las Vegas.

Now at 32, Spencer continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his extremely witty and engaging stage show including a tour of Japan.  He has performed for high profile stars including Ray Lewis, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Dan Aykroyd, Neal Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, Chazz Palminteri, Kenny Ortega & Steve Forbes

Caroline Gayle

Caroline was raised in the backwoods of Rhode Island by two over educated individuals, her mother-a microbiologist, her father-a professor of war analysis. So, naturally, she became an actress.


She studied acting at one of the countries top 20 theater schools (Pace University) before moving to Texas to start her journey into the world of magic-like a normal person. She performed as a magician and mentalist on the college circuit for 3 years, and briefly jumped out of boxes at Esther’s Follies in Austin, TX before moving to Los Angeles. 


She found her way into the magic community of LA, and stayed for 5 years. She has worked at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, with some of the countries best magicians. She has also had the opportunity to work with Penn Jillette, Rudy Coby, Fielding West, Ray Anderson, Aiden Sinclair, and has helped to create Seance experiences in Los Angeles. She did a brief stint as an assistant at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park-but did not take much of a shining to the place. 


Through all her travels, Baltimore is the first place to really feel like home. She’s thrilled to be joining her future husband on the stage of Illusions, and she thinks she’s ready call this her forever home