PULLING MONEY OUT OF A HAT.
SANTA CLARITA -- Local magicians hope to pull some money out of their hats for a good cause.
In a joint venture with the local Boys & Girls Club, the International Brotherhood of Magicians of the Santa Clarita Valley will hold a show Saturday to raise money for the club.
A few months ago, when the magicians were looking for a place to meet, member Bryan Lake, director of administration for the club, offered the clubhouse for their monthly meetings.
"Some of the guys always come a little early and demonstrate tricks for the kids who are still here at the club," said Jim Ventress, the club's chief professional officer. "The kids love it. Then they offered to do a fundraiser for us, and we thought it was a great idea. They're a good group."
An Evening of Magic will begin with close-up magic demonstrations at 5:30 p.m. Saturday followed by the two-hour stage show at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall. Tickets are $10.
"When people first come in, they'll see six or seven tables around the perimeter with people doing close-up magic such as cards and coins. They can go from table to table to watch, and after that the stage magic show with the larger illusions will begin," said Jim Thompson, president of the local magicians group.
The brotherhood is made up of magicians of all ages and walks of life, from a 12-year-old who will be making his debut at the show to people in their 70s, from students to doctors and even a rocket scientist. They get together once a month to share laughs and tricks.
Thomas Ellery, 12, a seventh-grader at Rio Norte Junior High School, will perform for the first time during the stage portion of the show.
For information or tickets, call the club at (661) 254-2582 or visit www.scvkids.org.
Marc James, a student at Saugus High School, watches his dancing handkerchief during rehearsal for "An Evening of Magic," set for Saturday to benefit the Boys & Girls Club.