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Raising money with magic

Community: Fourth annual fundraiser held as thanks to Boys & Girls Club of SCV

Posted: July 25, 2010 10:34 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Magician Ron Saylor makes a table float as he performs on the West Ranch High School stage at the Beyond Amazing: Magic Before Your Eyes fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of SCV on Saturday.

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Michael Castaneda and Tyler Marg just could not figure it out.

Where were the coins disappearing to?

The boys would point to one of three 50-cent pieces on a table. Then the magician pounded the table from underneath and the coin of choice vanished. 

Michael, 13, and Tyler, 12, were scratching their heads over several of the tricks on display at Beyond Amazing: Magic Before Your Eyes show, hosted at West Ranch High School on Saturday to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

“I just like trying to figure them out,” said Michael, of Santa Clarita, later admitting that he could not unravel the secret to the coin trick.

Ring 280 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians presented the entertainment for the fourth annual fundraiser, featuring up-close presentations and two stage shows.

Ring 280, named the Mark Wilson Ring, is a group of about 25 local magicians who have met at the Boys & Girls Club building in Newhall since January 2005.

“This (show) is a way to thank them,” said the ring’s president, Brian Hoffman.

Entertained by the tricks and illusions of the day was world-renowned magician Mark Wilson.

Several sources in the industry have named Wilson, a Valencia resident, as one of the top ten American magicians of the 20th century sharing company with icons such as Siegfried and Roy and David Copperfield.

He produced and starred in network television’s first weekly magic series, “The Magic Land of Allakazam,” which aired for two years on CBS and three years on ABC.

Wilson sat as a spectator at Saturday’s event. Though he may know the secrets, Wilson commended a young magician who played a series of disappearing card tricks on his audience.

“It doesn’t matter whether you know how it’s done or not,” Wilson said. “It’s the ability of the performer to communicate with the audience.” 

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