Prestidigitator performs with a purpose


April 12, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEREVER ROGER Lindsay, a New Windsor magician, shows up, children (and adults) laugh.

He recently donated his time and talents at Runnymede Elementary School for a magic show to raise money for the Jim Stein Foundation. Stein was a fellow resident who died recently of leukemia.

Magic is a hobby for the 61-year-old retired graphic artist, but he is so good that school systems and police departments have used him to communicate their message to young audiences.

"I speak out at schools about drug abuse and violence," Lindsay said.

Lindsay's interest in magic dates to when he was about 15 years old and learned basic magic from another Northwest resident, Raymond Corbin. Corbin is retired and lives in Florida.

"Every kid likes to be a fireman or a cowboy," Lindsay said. "Me, I wanted to be a magician. Raymond Corbin influenced a lot of kids around here. He was a local magician. He was the local David Copperfield."

He describes his magic then as a hobby to try on his family. As an adult, he pursued a career as a graphic artist but never lost interest in magic. In 1973, at age 33, Lindsay began performing at Fantasyland in Gettysburg, Pa.

"I was a federal employee and worked as a graphic artist," Lindsay explained. "But on weekends I would do five shows a day at Fantasyland."

During a visit to his home, while his wife, Joan, made coffee, Lindsay looked at his visitor and asked if the newspaper sent reporters with balls coming out of their ears. He then pulled a red ball from the visitor's ear.

During one trick, he presented a box shaped like a circus car. Nothing appeared to be inside. He blew up a balloon, put it in the box and snapped his fingers. The balloon popped and a black-and-white rabbit appeared.

Lindsay said one of the reasons he enjoys doing magic shows is the interaction with the audience.

"It's the only hobby I know of that you have to share," he said.

He finds his magic tricks at magic shops and seminars.

Lindsay's audience is primarily children, but not always. He has done a birthday party for an 80-year-old. He has entertained astronauts. "Magicians like to perform," he said. "We'll perform for lamps. We'll perform for tables. We'll perform for anything."

Information: 410-635-2487.

Guard team places sixth

The Francis Scott Key Indoor Guard recently took sixth place during a championship meet at Southwestern High School in Hanover, Pa. The meet was sponsored by Keystone Indoor Drill Association and involved 31 teams.

This is the second year for the drill team to compete, according to Debbie Henning, who, with her husband, Larry Henning, coaches the team. The 21-member team performed flag, dance and rifle work to "Beethoven's Last Night."

"I was real pleased with how they did," Henning said. "They were only a tenth of point away from fifth place."

Henning said thanks go to parents Dwayne and Linda Stambaugh, Bob Haas, Paula and Norris Sandridge, Deborah and Cal Richards, Linda Shields and Susan Tarbet for help building backdrops, and with equipment, uniforms and chaperoning.

Basket bingo

Keysville Lutheran Church will hold a basket bingo fund-raiser beginning at 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Taneytown Activities Building. Games begin at 7 p.m.

The cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Money raised will benefit the church's Keywomen Projects and Community Bible School.

Information: 410-756-2267 or 410-756-2553.

Music boosters' fund-raiser

The Francis Scott Key Instrumental Music Boosters will hold its fund-raiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9 at Taneytown Pizza Hut. A percentage of receipts will benefit the boosters.

Information: 410-848-5482.

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

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