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It Must Be Magic
Some magicians do Close-Up Magic. This type of magic is performed one on one, or for small groups of people. The magic is done close-up and often happens right in the spectator's hands. Others perform Stand-Up Stage Shows. A few do Large Illusion Shows. These shows are full of the big tricks like "Sawing A Lady In Half". Eldon Roark has been doing all three fulltime for over twenty five years. Other magicians ask, "How is it possible? Each type of magic takes lots of practice and demands special attention." Eldon's answer is simple, "It must be magic."
But what is Eldon's secret? He is very good at all three types of magic. He has definitely mastered the art form. Eldon says, "There are actually three secrets. The first one is working a lot. Every magician has to practice, that's a given. But when you work, your not only performing, you are practicing. There's no better practice than actually doing it in front of an audience. Every performance you get just a little better. The second secret is knowledge. Not only do you have to keep up on current effects, but you need to know about the history of your art. I can't express how important this is. Last but not least, you must love what you are doing. If you're having a good time on stage, that transposes onto the audience. Put these three things together and it creates a special kind of magic." 
Eldon's career in magic began at the age of ten when he purchased a box of Cracker Jacks with a magic trick inside. This spurred his interest in magic, which later developed into a full time career. Eldon was named Magician of the Year by the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Ring 239. He has also appeared in his own television special. When not performing, Eldon lectures for magic fraternities, writes for magic publications and designs illusions for his company, White Magic Manufacturing, which creates props for magicians worldwide.
Eldon resides in Central Illinois but will perform wherever the event takes him. He has literally worked from coast to coast. Eldon says, "It's a lot of travel and some long hours, but there is no better job in the world."

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