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Magical Mayhem at East Hills Mall

Magicians came to the mall Saturday to show off their best skills to captive audiences.

Posted: Oct 21, 2019 12:25 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Magicians from across the area came to the East Hills Mall on Saturday, performing some of their best tricks while wowing a captive audience.

Magic, Magicians & Mayhem an event put on by local members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, brought many to the mall to get exposed to and inspired by the wonder of magic. 

In addition to a few magic shows throughout the day, the event also featured magic classes for those who were interested in learning the ropes of what it takes to become a magician. 

"The next David Copperfield could be here today." Shawn Rivera, a magician said. 

Whether tricks involve cutting people or just cutting a deck of cards, magicians say it’s not an easy road to joining their ranks. They say it requires lots of hours of time and dedication.

"Lots of practice, lots of sleight of hand," Rivera said. 

Rivera said he's been interested in magic since he was young, his best advice for up and coming magicians is to start early.

"I’ve been doing magic ever since I was ten years old," he said. "I got a magic set for Christmas one year and got hooked.

Now Rivera is part of the show performing card tricks, other magicians worked with audience members for their tricks. 

Lu Nelson, a father brought his kids to see some magic at the mall when he became part of the act. 

"I got up on stage with my son and he was very happy to saw me in half," Nelson said. 

While there were plenty of surprises for the magicians to share with the crowds, some magicians said the crowds had a bit of a surprise for them in terms of interest.

"I even had adults sitting in on some of the magic classes," David Sandy, a magician said. 

Magicians at the mall said it's never too late in life to experience the wonder of magic for the first time.

"We get to enjoy the best show because we get to watch people enjoy the magic." Sandy said. 

Saturday's event ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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We enjoyed a very pleasant, dry, and sunny Saturday before the thunderstorms roll in Saturday night. Widespread thunderstorms will move into the area around 8pm Saturday night and will likely last until early Sunday morning. The rain will be moderate to heavy at times. Our biggest threats we are looking at are heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and hail. Wind gusts could reach up to 40-50 mph. A few scattered showers may linger through the morning on Sunday before clearing out. Temperatures will be cooler on Sunday with highs in the mid 50s. Temperatures will be on the cool side to start off next week with highs in the low 60s.
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