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Theodore Lawton
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I work over night at a fitness club manning the desk. I get to do tricks for people as they come in when we have a moment. It works out well, I've gotten most all of my gigs this way.

I got to share with a nice lady, Laila, a couple of weeks ago. She is a poet and writer and wrote this and posted it to my Facebook. I was wondering where the unknown likes were coming from for my fledgling Illusionist page and it turns out it's her friends liking me.

Anyway... here it is. Pretty cool:

Laila Halaby‎Theodore the Illusionist
2 hrs ·

tales from Tucson streets
by Laila Halaby

you need to socialize more
my older son tells me
as I drop him off at work

I head toward the pool
I want to love swimming
but it hasn’t happened yet

I run my card
at the desk
the man who works there
is solid, bald
wears glasses
he says good morning
and this has been the extent of our conversations
which is fine
since our interactions take place
before seven in the morning
he’s usually leaving
when I’m done swimming
meaning he’s there all night

with my son’s words
in my head
(though this might not be exactly what he had in mind)
I ask
what time do you start?
ten PM
he says
long night
what do you do the whole time?
I expect him to say
that he reads military history
maybe accounting
or perhaps he studies
for an engineering class he’s taking

I did not see that coming
I’m a magician
this is a perfect job for me
because I can practice my tricks
while I keep the crazies out
do you like magic?

I tell him I don’t feel one way
or another about magic
though I did see Penn and Teller
on Broadway
and it freaked me out
but I don’t like plays either

a lot of people have never seen magic close up
do you want to see a trick?
I come back to the desk
he lays out his magic pad
produces a silver cup
check it out
inspect it
I hold it
turn it over
check for false bottoms
it’s solid

during the next few minutes
he sends tiny balls through the cup
makes them disappear
transforms them
into a tiny billiard ball
I can’t help it
I am delighted

he laughs
a giant gleeful laugh
the laugh of pure happiness
one that again reminds me
you never know about people

we shake hands
he gives me his card
and I give silent thanks


Saturday mornings
are Ted’s Friday evenings
and good days
to ask for magic

working on your tricks?
I ask as he holds up a tiny piece of paper
and squints at it
yes, in fact
do you want to see something?

I am pretty sure my smile
fills up the whole lobby
of course!
he pulls out a lighter
lights the paper on fire
we stare at it
suddenly it’s an orange ball

not sure what it is
about magic
that turns me into
a squealing seven year old

want to see more?
he asks

he has four cards
regular looking cards
they’re jokers
until they’re not
then they’re aces
just like that

I’ll have something new for you
next time
he tells me when I leave
an hour later


especially Tucson peeps in need of a magician
meet Ted
Theodore the Illusionist
looking at his facebook page
I see that he does some pretty amazing stuff
with his magic
for children and for veterans
seems like a fitting story
on this fine memorial day morning

I told her thanks and she had this to say: my pleasure. and really, Ted, thank you for lightening up so many mornings. I am a magic convert.

Mark Boody Illusionist
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That is totally awesome! You are touching peoples lives and making them smile. Keep up the good work!

I just this text from my niece today, she and her husband were talking and playing with their 2 year old daughter Brielle. Brielle says "Guess what?" "What?" they reply. "Uncle Mark has money." "Where does Uncle Mark get his money?" they ask. To which Brielle replies "from my nose...of course!" That made my day!

I used to do the sponge rabbits with my niece nearly 30 years ago (which she still remembers!), looks like I will have to break them out again to share with another generation. LOL

Theodore Lawton
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That's great Mark! It is so much fun. Laila was having a bad morning this morning (she wrote the above back on Memorial Day) she had been arguing with her teenage son. I did ACR to wallet for her and then did a TT silk production and vanish. She loved it so much and it really did make her smile and brighten her day.

I don't get many gigs, but I love sharing my magic with people anyway. I absolutely love the people and the art.

"from my nose...of course!" That's the best!
Michael Baker
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That's one of the coolest things I think I've ever read!
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Ted, you are one cool guy.


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Theodore Lawton
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Thanks for the kind words guys! It's very encouraging and I'm glad you liked Laila's writing. I was so amazed that she wrote it and shared it with me. Magic has opened doors for me that I never would have imagined.
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