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Magician to raise spirits and more

FALLS VILLAGE — Veteran magician Sandy Rhoades comes to the Lee H. Kellogg School Saturday, March 24, with an old-fashioned magic show — including the spectacular “lady floating in mid-air” illusion.Rhoades demonstrated the trick in front of the school Friday afternoon, with the assistance of Lydia Downs.Rhoades said he first saw the floating lady illusion in 1947, from a magician named Jack Gwynne, who was based in Chicago.He built his own version from scratch. “Nobody has one like this,” he said. “You can’t buy what’s in my car.”Rhoades has been performing magic since the age of 13. (He is now 72.)Storytelling is essential to his act. For the floating lady, he spins a yarn about monks in an obscure monastery in Spain and a mysterious manuscript containing the secret of suspended animation. He said that budding magicians have to learn the classics and add their own twists.Rhoades is vice president of the Society of American Magicians Assembly 29 in Waterbury.The show will be held in the multi-purpose room at the school Saturday, March 24, at 7 p.m. It is a fundraiser for the Falls Village Congregational Church. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available from church members and at the door.

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