Beyond Amazing 2010

Post date: Aug 24, 2011 3:8:29 AM

Saturday, July 24, 2010

4th Annual Magic Show Entertains Young, Old

Santa Clarita (Aug. 2, 2010) – The seats were filled with bright-eyed inquisitive youngsters as well as elderly citizens and all ages in between. Ring 280 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians put on two spectacular shows—including close-up routines as well as a stage show—at West Ranch High School theater on July 24. Proceeds benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.

Valencia resident Su Minch attended “Beyond Amazing: Magic Before Your Eyes” with her five-year-old son Tyler. “The stage show was definitely awesome; however, the close up acts caught Tyler’s attention more,” she said. “He really enjoyed them and I could tell he was trying to figure out how the tricks worked.”Within the first five minutes of the show, two live doves and a rabbit were magically produced. The audience also witnessed the transformation of an invisible dog to a visible one and the splitting of a young girl in half. The show ended with the levitation of a woman.

Newhall resident Lourdes Castaneda went to the evening show with her sister, teenage nephews, and a neighbor. They all enjoyed the performances. “The stage show was impressive and ran smoothly. Each performer was unique, too,” she said.

Saugus resident Debbie Shick attended the show for the second year with her family. She enjoyed watching the young performers as well as the professionals. Her favorite part was Ron Saylor’s floating table although she also liked how numerous magicians were introduced at the start of the show.

The magic show raised just under $1,000 for the Boys & Girls Club. Attendance was down from previous years when it was held in the springtime. Bryan Lake, director of administration for the Club and also a member of Ring 280, said that the magicians would evaluate the timing of the show for next year and will also look for an event sponsor.

“Although we didn’t get the numbers we wanted, we felt the show was a success,” Lake said. “When you see the expressions on the kids’ faces—and even the adults—as they try to figure out the magic, it makes it all worthwhile for the magicians. We love performing.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley is a member of the Boys & Girls Club of America. The local Club was formed in 1968 by a group of community leaders who recognized the need for high-quality programs and facilities at affordable costs for area young people. The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley now serves more than 2,700 youth, ages 7-17, at facilities in Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde. Programs engage members in education and career exploration, the arts, sports, recreation and fitness, character and leadership development, and healthy life choices. For more information, visit

The International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) is the world’s largest organization for magicians and other people interested in the magical arts, and is considered to be the most respected organization for magic collectors, and amateur and professional magicians in the world. The organization is made up of nearly 12,000 members worldwide with more than 300 local groups called Rings in over 73 countries. Santa Clarita’s Ring 280 was founded in 1998 by a group of local magicians, and was named the Mark Wilson Ring in honor of the legendary illusionist, who currently resides in Valencia. For more information about Ring 280, visit

In the Press

Magic in the air Saturday night

Community: Performance by magicians will benefit Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley. The Signal. July 21, 2010

Raising money with magic

Community: Fourth annual fundraiser held as thanks to Boys & Girls Club of SCV. The Signal. July 25, 2010