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Magician and Priest Fr. Jim Blantz Takes on Magic Castle

Magic has a proud history of Catholic religious personages in its midst.

Father Cyprian Murray, a past national president of The Society of American Magicians and the late Brother John Charles Hamman S.M. to name just a couple.

Well, we heard of a third for the list.  Fr. Jim Blantz,  a member of the Order of the Holy Cross, served mass at the  Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills and then went to The Magic Castle to start his week-long lecture series for Magicians only.

The 81-year-old priest and performer will soon celebrate 60 years in the clergy and more than 40 years as a magician.

Fr. Blantz’ first show was a one-trick command performance for a family friend.  Their 12-year-old girl asked, “Do you know any magic?”  The priest said he knew one trick.  he performed for her.  “I knew one trick. So I did it, and she was thrilled.”

He performed for kids during a subsequent mission trip to Uganda for a large audience of kids who didn’t speak English.

Fr. Blantz is a cardworker with a relatively stable and successful routine.

“I’ve done the same act for 41 years,” Fr.  Blantz said. “I think I’ve got it down.” Continue reading “Magician and Priest Fr. Jim Blantz Takes on Magic Castle”

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