Magic Corner seeks enchanting murals

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

By David J. Coehrs -

Kenneth Ladd wants someone to create artistic magic on the outside of his downtown Wauseon building.

As owner of The Magic Corner, 113 S. Fulton St., Ladd views the three-story, 77-foot long north exterior side of his business as a blank canvas. Now he’d like some city talent to enchant it with original painted or air-brushed murals depicting Wauseon’s history and legends of prestidigitation.

He’s searching for people with real artistic ability to submit full color designs for each proposed billboard-sized mural. Contributors of all ages within the community can submit designs for one or both murals to The Magic Corner, with all submissions judged by a committee. The deadline is May 31, and winners will be announced shortly afterward.

There are no age restrictions but Ladd emphasized contributors must be artistically adept and must be able to fulfill the requirements.

The winning artist or artists will receive a cash prize and have their win announced. They will be provided with all materials to paint or airbrush their creations onto the building, and a late September deadline to complete the job.

“I just want it to be able to last,” Ladd said of the work. “(And) if they’re doing the mural they can’t be afraid of heights.”

Conditions include realistic depictions for the Wauseon history mural and the likenesses of legendary magicians Harry Houdini, Harry Blackstone Sr. and Harry Blackstone Jr., and MacDonald Birch included in the magic mural. Birch is a native Ohioan for whom the Birch Theater within the magic shop is named.

Artists can visit the museum also located within the magic shop for information on the magicians. Ladd believes knowing their histories will lend substance to their painted images.

The idea for the murals has brewed in his mind since he purchased the building for his shop four years ago. He said the idea is to enhance not only his business but the city.

“When you’re coming down Fulton Street heading south, I thought it would be better to see something other than a blank wall. And with a mural, you’re going to take notice,” he said.

For more information, call The Magic Corner at 419-335-3765 or visit on Facebook.

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

By David J. Coehrs