On April 28th, 2014, the coor-attending students of Nova instead witnessed magic.
Well, it wasn’t really magic – but it was still really freaking cool with the re-attaching ropes, swapping places, and the multiple-drinks-out-of-a-milk-carton trick. Indeed, the real art of magic is the skill involved: and 13-year old Matthew Laslo-White (pictured far left) has a lot of skill! Perhaps one of the most impressive things about the show is the youth of the performer. Matthew is 13 years old–a good 3-4ish years younger than the average Nova student. And yet he still performed amazing feats befitting the title of magician.
For those who missed the show, here are my top 3 acts that were performed:
-The rope trick. For whatever reason, that rope was just so interesting. It may have been in the item more than the performer, but it still was fantastic to see 2 ropes become 1, then get cut in half and again into quarters, and then have them all recombine into one. What’s more interesting is the obvious amount of stress put on those ropes–they were getting swung around all over the place, stretched, pulled, all that sort of stuff. So it’s not like it was glue–and it even looked like one rope at the end.
-The solid box. For this trick, 2 people came up on stage from the audience and knocked on the box. They were asked if it was solid, and it was. Then, Matthew comes out with his hands bound. The “solid” box is opened, and Matthew is put inside. Then, a cloth is hung by his assistants in front of the box. Then the curtains close. Somehow, when the curtains come up, Matthew is the one holding the cloth–and then they open the box, and it’s one of his assistants inside instead. I would’ve really liked to know how he did it–but obviously, a magician never reveals his secrets.
-The milk carton. A quart of plain milk is poured from a pitcher into the carton it was originally in. Six cups are brought out. The first beverage that is poured out into a cup is chocolate milk–reasonable, considering how there could have been chocolate powder in there to mix with the milk. The next thing, however, is apple juice. It is poured into the cup, and it looks, and apparently tastes, like apple juice. Next is root beer–even more outlandish, but the same as the other two–looks, tastes and smells like the name. The very next is ginger ale – and what do we know, it’s actual ginger ale. And then he pours out the remaining liquid into the last cup. I’m pretty sure that it was just plain milk, but it doesn’t matter–they put it somewhere backstage. And then the milk carton is cut open–and instead of being a fancy stage prop inside, it’s just a milk carton.
Despite my firm belief that there is no magic in this world, there evidently are people who can make it seem like there is. At first I was skeptical, but as soon as I watched the actual show, I was amazed. And it’s someone younger than you (probably) and me who did it!
So once again, I will go thank Stefan for bringing in the magic, and you should too.