Do you believe in magic? (Magic Club appears on campus)

October 14, 2010 — by Synthia Ling and Anna Shen

Wearing baggy worn-out jeans and a black zipped up sweater, junior Frederick Lee takes an ostensibly ordinary-looking coin out of his jean pockets and places them on a girl’s hands.

“A coin is generally an item that most people carry around daily, and in certain hotspots like Las Vegas there are usually pick pocketers and thieves. Now the fastest thieves can simply go up and steal the coin,” said Lee.

Swiftly gliding over the quarter, his hands do not appear to grab the quarter, but in an instant, the coin disappears. He exposes his two palms and the coin is no where to be seen.

Where did the coin go?

“That’s the biggest mystery of all,” said Lee.

Lee, who has been practicing magic for about a year, is the president of the new Magic Club.

“I generally help teach the principles of performing,” said Lee. “I also teach the psychology of the performer and how to apply it to situations with various audiences. For example, if you’re very nervous with a certain group, the club tries to help overcome the shyness, trying to bring people out of their shells to raise confidence.”

The club deals with tricks from cards and money to mind tricks where things fly.

They meet every Friday at lunch in World Geography teacher Richard Ellis’s classroom, room 702. So far there are about 20 members in the club, some who are experienced and some who are new to magic.

Once they hone their magic skills, the members hope to perform in front of an audience.

“If we raise enough money we can perform at the McAfee and most likely go out in public places and perform,” said Lee

The club allows students to have fun and open up.

“It’s a hobby, so it’s fun to do and it adds a little spark in life,” said Lee. “I think it’s pretty interesting, so I give it a shot.”