in Scott Ertl's Fun Magic Camp put on a show last Friday at Unity
Church of Winston-Salem.
The show was the culmination
of a week-long session in which campers learned various magic
tricks including how to produce a can of soda from a hankerchief,
how to restore a string that has been cut in half, how to make
coins appear from thin air and how to float a card in mid-air.
Fun Magic Camp 2005
offered three sessions which ran June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and
July 4-8. There were two sessions each week, one for ages 8-11
and the other for ages 8-15.
The first and second
sessions are designed for first-year campers to learn the basics
of performing magic. The third session is reserved exclusively
for returning campers. Ertl has over 300 tricks in his repertoire,
so all returning campers are able to learn new illusions.
Ertl, a guidance counselor
at Marvin Ward Elementary School, started Fun Magic Camp in 2000.
He ran a magic camp in New York for five years and used to work
in a circus, where he performed magic, comedy and juggling.
The main focus of
the camp is teaching children to create and perform.
Ertl also offers an
apprenticeship program for experienced campers who want to assist
in the beginner's sessions. Apprentices must have attended camp
for at least two years and be at least 14.
Scott Ertl and
a volunteer from the audience perform a card trick. This is the
fifth year that Ertl has offered the Fun Magic Camp in Winston-Salem.