Abra­cadabra! Stu­dent magic club now on BYU cam­pus

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Ka­tria Hale

Magic is a very un­usual field of work – the kind of thing peo­ple see in movies but usu­ally don’t see around ev­ery day. At Brigham Young Uni­ver­sity, some friends took their per­form­ing skills and tricks to the BYU Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion and started a magic club called Abra­cadabra

Each ma­gi­cian has a dif­fer­ent fo­cus — some use mostly cards and slight of hand while oth­ers em­ploy men­tal­ism to read their au­di­ence mem­bers, and still oth­ers make ob­jects ap­pear be­tween their fin­gers.

Many of the club mem­bers have been per­form­ing magic for years as time and prac­tice is key to a good per­for­mance. Mus­cle mem­ory and con­tin­u­ous prac­tice makes for swift move­ments and ef­fec­tive slight of hand.

The club ad­ver­tises to re­cruit new mem­bers, wel­com­ing any­one who wants to learn magic, whether they are a be­gin­ner who can’t shuf­fle a bridge or hob­by­ists who can do swing cuts and triple lifts all over the place.

The club meets weekly to prac­tice tricks, im­prove tech­niques and learn from one other and the bril­liant ex­am­ples of to­day’s ma­gi­cians. The club’s goals are to “en­hance the art of magic and illusion” and to pro­vide fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment for the Provo area com­mu­nity.

Abra­cadabra plans to do sev­eral shows this spring fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of tricks from cards to strait jack­ets and mind read­ing. Abra­cadabra in­vites any­one in the Provo area to come in for a show and stu­dents in the area to join in on the fun and learn­ing.

To learn more about clubs on BYU cam­pus, check out clubs.byu.edu and find out what Abra­cadabra is up to next. The club can also be found on Face­book.

Ka­tria Hale

A new club at Brigham Young Uni­ver­sity called Abra­cadabra aims to help mem­bers im­prove their magic skills and pro­vide mag­i­cal en­ter­tain­ment for the com­mu­nity.

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