‘You have to see to believe’

Chris and Neal wow the crowd with Rockstar Magic

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

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ROCKINGHAM — It was a first for the staff and volunteers at Thomas Leath Memorial Library Thursday night in downtown Rockingham.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com C.J. Turner is assisted by magicians Chris and Neal at the beginning of an illusion during which C.J. levitates a few feet above the floor.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
C.J. Turner is assisted by magicians Chris and Neal at the beginning of an illusion during which C.J. levitates a few feet above the floor.

Of all the activities and special events hosted inside and out, not in recent history had anyone thought to have a Halloween-style magic show and Trunk-for-Treat. Until Thursday.

The library’s Deborah Knight had to urge the children to scoot as close to each other as humanly possible and encourage the adults to leave the room to make room for dozens more children waiting to get in. It worked.

It was, said one library patron, a good problem to have.

And Carolina’s most popular magicians helped the children and adults alike make “the most noise you’ve ever made in library.”

Through select volunteers — including DeMarcus and C.J. — and the use of a rabbit and dove, upbeat music and an engaging set of personalities, Chris and Neal helped the audience through the 50-minute show with a flair for the dramatic.

Things also became a bit personal.

“I used to dream when I was growing up,” said the elder of the magical duo.

He wanted, of course, to be a magician — despite the naysayers in the life.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com The inaugural Trunk-or-Treat at the library was a success.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
The inaugural Trunk-or-Treat at the library was a success.

“Look what I’m doing now,” he said. “Don’t let anybody tell you, ‘you can’t do that,’ because they will. Dreams do come true.”

 

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