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MIRACLE WORKERS: Magician will live, perform in Plexiglas box

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Whatever they say about boxes and creativity, Derek McKee has different ideas.

As part of a fundraiser for the Little Red Wagon Foundation, McKee will live in a Plexiglas box for a week stationed at 16th Street Mall in Denver. While in the box, he’ll perform magic for passers by, according to a report in the Littleton Independent.

McKee, who has performed at The Magic Castle and was featured in “Make Believe,” said he hopes to raise food donations and raise awareness about what Denver’s estimated 1,500 homeless youth and teens endure. The boxed benefit is the product of a lot of talking and brainstorming with friends, family and mentors, he said.

“It’s a way to raise awareness about Denver’s homeless youth and to have the most unique canned-food drive in the state. This subgenre of kids are the most likely to be bullied, beaten up, put into sex slavery and abused, and are the mostly likely to die at a young age.”

The foundation gathers those supplies in “Zachpacks,” which contain basics such as food and hygiene products, and other goodies such as toys and coloring books. McKee is a board member of the foundation, which was started by Zach Bonner in 2005.

MIRACLE WORKERS: Magician adds anti-bullying message to show

Monday, February 4th, 2013

When giving performance advice, we usually encourage magicians to find a “why” for their routine — why does a card rise to the top, why does a coin disappear, etc. Finding that motivation provides a reason for the magic to happen, and turns a stunt into a miracle.

Mike Seege knows that, and has gone a step further. Usually, he works corporate gigs and private events. But he has put together a show with a special message for kids of all ages.

Why should you care?

Seege has developed a show with a strong anti-bullying message. He has customized it to cover a variety of age groups, and made it entertaining and engaging. His show has gotten media coverage in western New York and plenty of buzz from schools around his area.

A magic show maximizes that message, said the principal of one of the schools he performed at. It drives an important lesson home in ways that other performances can’t.

Check Seege and his story out, then ask yourself:

  • ~ What messages can you add to your magic?
  • ~ Are those messages for kids or adults?
  • ~ How can that message add weight to your routines?
  • ~ Would it change them completely?

Miracle Workers is a recurring series on the Ellusionist blog that highlights performers working in the real world, earning high praise and media attention. They may be primarily magicians, or they might have other careers, yet they have made magic a large part of their lives. You may not have heard of these guys… yet. But you will, because their reputations, like their cards, are rising. Their successes are usually filled with lessons and inspiration for your own magic.