From tailgating to voter registration, workers find new places for magic

September 9th, 2012 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General

In addition to practicing our existing tricks, learning new ones and meeting with other magicians, we are always looking for performance venues — places to work our magic and make all this work worth it. We all crave that killer reaction, and we’ll go to great lengths to get it.

We always like to keep an eye on what other magicians are doing. Not just the big names like Dynamo or Criss Angel, but the working wizards who are just starting out or have been working their trade for years. So why should you care about these guys?

They come up with unique ideas and places for magic.

Check out the stories below. In each instance, they’ve used their magic to go beyond expectations, to accomplish missions, to affect people’s philosophies.

  • A theater group in Castle Rock, Colo., hosted a special magic camp for 19 Japanese exchange students. Taught by magicians Joe Givan and Carol Massie, the campers faced plenty of language barriers, but learned more than enough to perform a recital days before they split up to different parts of the U.S.
  • Ryan “The Magician” Shadow took his tricks to tailgaters before Saturday’s football game at The University of Notre Dame, near South Bend, Ind. Shadow found plenty of people waiting to be entertained, and landed some coverage on a TV station with his magic. Bonus.
  • Jeff Sterling donned his jester’s outfit yesterday and performed a special fundraising show to help raise money for the Renaissance Center, a non-profit community center that recently acquired a building — which needs a little work. Sterling’s performance was part of a lineup that got community members out to the park and learning about the project’s details.
  • Lyn Dillies uses her magic to get people to vote. “Your Vote is Magic!”, her new book, chronicles a multi-year public service campaign to encourage more Americans to do their civic duty and get involved on election day. A major part of the book recounts a significant point in her effort: In 2008, she made an elephant and donkey (symbols of the Republican and Democratic parties) appear live at a zoo. So not only is she magical, she’s non-partisan.

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