We try to get up early each morning and start with a quick read of New York Times, Dakota Valley High School's The Panther Pride and if there is time, The Financial Times of London.
Following on our article from earlier this week about the death of Magic thanks to the new-fangled internets, we were reminded of Magic's resilience against any technological innovation thought to be the ruination of our art.
High school DeVon Lewis gets big space in the award-winning high school paper of record in a well-written article by Panther Pride reporter Danielle Calamanco and accompanied excellent photography by Elizabeth Hemmingsen.
The story is a familiar one to those of us addicted to this deceptive craft. Student reads about magic, student is intrigued by magic, student vanishes for hours to practice and learn more magic, student gains confidence, friends and great press with new found skill.
Mr. Lewis said he was at home one day with deck of cards in hand, looked up "card tricks" on the web of wonder and in the words of Ms. Calamanco, the rest was history.
“I started, maybe, mid-last year; around October, I believe,” said Lewis.
The young performer is careful to practice and never reveals his secrets. He has mystified his fellow students and even one of his instructors, “You just can’t figure out the secret behind the trick,” said teacher Staci Haag.
His charisma and charm reminds fans of David Copperfield. “He has the personality for it plus he’s naturally quick with his hands,” said Haag.
Mr. Lewis is careful to keep his love for magic in check. He told the paper that he performs in the hallway or at lunch, but whilst in class, he focuses solely on schoolwork.
Congratulations to Mr. Lewis and good luck on the exciting and rewarding road ahead.
Check out the full article in the The Panther Pride here.