Casey Lewis, a 16-year-old junior at Wellington High School, took home first place and $500 Nov. 4 in the finals of the school’s “The Star” talent show.
Lewis performed a magic and comedy act that included having host Justin Hartman sign a card, throw the entire deck of cards into mid-air, and snatch the signed card out of the deck before it the ground.
He was complimented by judges Craig Housum, Sherry Arcuri, and Emily Campofedano on his slight of hand and ability to engage audience members throughout his act.
They said the big winner “upped the ante” compared to his magical act in 2015’s show.
“Last year was purely slight-of-hand tricks,” said Lewis. “I decided to include some mind-reading and comedy into the show this year. I feel like it turned out very well.”
He said being a good magician is just as much about telling an entertaining story as performing tricks.
“You can do a terrible trick and still be a good magician,” he said. “Many magicians I know have a script but I like to keep things impromptu and off-the-cuff. You just have to feel the audience and adjust things on the fly.”
Rounding out the competition’s top-five were Kensington Boose in second place performing “White Liar” by Miranda Lambert, Becca Charlton in third singing “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, Gabby Dobbins in fourth with her version of “Glory” by John Legend and Common, and Jacob Fish in fifth singing a medley of country tunes.
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Photos by Jonathan Delozier | Wellington Enterprise Casey Lewis performs his magical act with the help of McCormick Middle School principal Craig Housum.