For the second time, a Shawnee man is the top close-up magician in the area.
Magician Keith Leff won the Colonel Boone Close-Up Magician of the Year award for the second time at the annual International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring No. 129 competition held recently in Lenexa. Ten of the best local magicians in the area competed for the annual honor, which Leff first won in 2000.
He placed second in last year’s contest.
Naturally, Leff said, close-up magic is performed at close range. It can be performed in an intimate setting, where the magic oftentimes happens in the spectator’s hands.
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Leff said he opened the competition this year with a bottle production, followed by a classic card trick, and closed with his version and twist on a cups and balls trick using olives, corks and a bar jigger.
The final part of that trick consisted of conjuring a lemon and lime out of the bar jigger, even though Leff said the fruit did not even fit in there.
“Impossible,” Leff said of the trick.
Leff currently serves on the board of directors of the local Heart of America Ring No. 129. He has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians — the world’s largest magic organization — since 1997.
Leff is also past president of another local magic organization, Assembly No. 38 of the Society of American Magicians.
To see some of Leff’s work, visit his YouTube page at www.youtube.com/user/magicreations69.