Vanish Magic Magazine Vanish magazine 38 - Page 99

Learning card tricks at camp The road to camp Some of these camps offer a few classes in magic taught by visiting magicians, while others employ professional magicians and run full magic departments. One such camp is The Sports and Arts Center at Island Lake in Wayne County PA. Island Lake Camp (ILC) has run a Magic program continuously for the 31 year existence of the camp. Over the past 19 years some combination of professional magicians William (Bill) Jackson, Clinton W. Gray and Greg Ladret, along with an assortment of counselor/ magicians from the US, Canada, UK, South Africa, the Netherlands and Israel have carried on that tradition and continued to build the program and the physical structure of the department. In addition to amassing an encyclopedic knowledge of Magic, Department Head, Bill Jackson brings with him many years of teaching experience honed in the California school system. The sign above the door says Magic. From the outside this 900 square foot red trimmed, beige building looks very much like the rest of the buildings at ILC; however, from the moment you step through the front door and are met by a large painting of a giant rabbit pulling a magician out of a hat, you know that this place is magical. There are walls that are doors and doors that are walls. The walls on each side of the entry way are covered in a photo gallery of magicians, and poster collages paying tribute to many of the magicians who have worked here and young campers such as Adam Robbins, Adam Kerchman, Seth Rovner, Kevin Hejducek, and the Almost Amazing James Harvey who have gone on to be working magicians. To the right of the entrance is the Illusion room which is the storage area for large props, materials for building new props and many well labelled boxes holding small props used in various routines. To the left of the entrance is the Card room which is decorated with an array of cards in variety of sizes, from miniature to gigantic. Hidden in plain site in one wall that is covered in poker size cards, signed by many present and former young magicians, is the card cabinet. The Nine of Diamonds (in a subtle tribute to Martin Nash) is the key to opening this cabinet. “ From the moment you step through the front door and are met by a large painting of a giant rabbit pulling a magician out of a hat, you know that this place is magical." PPerforming the Flying Carpet Illusion Inside the sword box