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The show must, and does, go on — for 24 hours

Posted: November 20, 2010 9:04 p.m.
Updated: November 21, 2010 4:55 a.m.

With three hours left on the clock, Bond strings out a $1 bill during his nonstop performance.

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“Watch me pull an all-nighter out of my hat.”

That’s the claim magician Lincoln Bond pressed into action Friday afternoon when he embarked on a bid to break the world record for the longest continual magic show.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Bond received a standing ovation from about 50 people — including pensioners with white hair and preschoolers in pigtails — when he made his last handkerchief disappear at the 24-hour mark.

Despite the rain, a slight illness and an ultracritical crowd of magic-loving Harry Potter movie fans at times, Bond was able to keep the art of illusion alive in Santa Clarita Valley for a full day.

“I’m getting through it,” he said at the 22-hour mark, in the corner building at Town Center Drive and Theater Drive. “I’m very tired, but I’m not sleepy.”

At 2 p.m., with less than two hours remaining in his 24-hour goal, Bond was still able to generate applause by making coins appear out of thin air and making solid objects disappear.

It was purely coincidence, he said, that he ventured out on his record-breaking quest — dubbed the 24-Hour Solo Magic Marathon — on the opening weekend of the latest Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Bond and his wife, Melody, had originally planned to stage the event on Halloween weekend but weren’t able to make the necessary arrangements.

“It was a total coincidence,” Bond explained while shaking out lengths of rope and producing objects from behind bits of cloth.

“This is my Harry Potter trunk,” he said, reaching inside it for a glittery collapsible box from which he began pulling unseen handkerchiefs.

Bond performed more than 35 different magic tricks over the 24-hour show, tailoring each performance according to the age of the crowd drifting in and out.

Part of the magic seemed to be getting people to come out on a rainy Friday night.

“Almost all the chairs were filled last night,” Melody said. “The kids who came to watch “Harry Potter” came over to see some real magic before and after the movie.

“Those kids were appreciative and respectful.”

Bond set out on his magical all-nighter at 4 p.m. Friday and continued until 4 p.m. Saturday despite having a “slight cold.”
His favorite act?

To the delight of Harry Potter fans and other kids, his favorite act was “Boris The Ghost.”

“I’ve been doing this trick for 15 years,” he told the crowd, making eye contact with children seated in the front row. “And I have no idea where Boris the Ghost goes.”

After Bond produces a white handkerchief he introduces as Boris the Ghost, he places Boris into a flexible hat only to make it disappear.

As he strides in front of a wooden box left center stage, Boris pops out of the box behind Bond’s back as if by magic.

Impressed audience members, young and old, as if on cue, shout to Bond that they’ve spotted Boris.

Bond confessed he made a few mistakes, but nothing that “gave anything away.”

The truly magical part of his show, however, might just be having pulled it off despite suffering the effects of a cold.

“We discussed rescheduling it,” he said, referring to he and his wife. “But in the end, the show must go on. If you’re sick, you still got to work.”

The one magic act expected to resonate most with people in Santa Clarita Valley today is making money appear for the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry.

Bond encouraged members of his audience to donate to a jar kept at the side of his stage.

Sponsors of the event include Starbucks Corp., Santa Clarita Lanes, Signs & Designs, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Puzzle Zoo, Westfield Valencia Town Center and Heart of the Canyons Church.

 

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