Teen learns tricks of the trade for his magic act


January 04, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HARRY POTTER MIGHT be wooing readers with his magical tales, but 15-year-old Jesse McCarley is into the real thing.

The Francis Scott Key High School sophomore performs about five magic shows a year.

He recently performed at Union Bridge Lions Club's annual Christmas meeting and last year he joined several other magicians in a benefit performance for a New Windsor man who has cancer.

"I've always liked magic," said Jesse, who lives in Union Bridge.

But he didn't begin to learn the trade until three years ago, when he looked up Roger A. Lindsay, a magician from New Windsor. (More on him in a future column.)

"I think he knows my uncle and I just got his number and called him," Jesse said. "I think he was happy someone was interested in magic."

While he learned from Lindsay, Jesse said he is pretty much self-taught. He said he has learned his tricks from books and the Internet.

He invented some of his tricks. He took one to school to try it on classmates. It's a card trick he calls Ace Monte, involving three aces. He places two cards face down and one face up between them. He moves the cards - but the trick probably has to be seen to be understood.

"I tried it on my friends at school and they thought it was pretty neat," Jesse said.

Jesse said his magic shows usually run a half-hour, though at times he has performed for three hours. Rather than stay put, he performs his tricks walking among the audience.

"My magic is very interactive," Jesse said.

Jesse, who will turn 16 on Sunday, said that as much as he enjoys performing magic shows, "I don't see myself making a career out of it."

Jesse said he plans to join his brother working in the computer field after he graduates.

He has sage advice to anyone interested in becoming a magician.

"Practice, practice, practice," he said. "Practice and read. That's how I got my start."

Union Bridge bingo

Union Bridge Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold basket bingo Saturday at the fire hall. Doors open at 5 p.m., the kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m. and bingo games begin at 7 p.m.

Cost is $10 and includes a sheet of three cards for all 22 games. Fried chicken platters will be served for $5. Snow date is Jan. 12.

Information: 410-635-6532.

Knights' breakfast

St. Joseph's Knights of Columbus will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Jan. 14 at the church hall, 44 Frederick St., Taneytown.

The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, toast, sausage gravy, chipped beef gravy, pudding and hominy, fried potatoes, hot apples, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 8 to 12. Information: Larry Paro, 410-756-6855.

New Windsor tree pickup

New Windsor will pick up Christmas trees Saturday and Jan. 20, according to Sharon Nobles, New Windsor's acting town clerk.

"Residents will need to have their trees out by the curb by 8 a.m. on each day," Nobles said.

She said the city plans to mulch the trees.

Taneytown tree pickup

Taneytown and Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company will hold a tree pickup day.

Residents should place their undecorated trees curbside by 8 a.m. Saturday.

The trees will be turned into mulch for residents' use.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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