Magic, miracles go hand in hand for returning magician

July 23, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Brett A. Myers is fond of saying that he can only do tricks while God does miracles.

The 20-year-old's performances mix the Gospel with the "How did he do that?" and "Where did it go?" expected from a magic show.

Myers, of BAMmagic Ministries, took his show and tricks, which have been refined since age 14, to his home congregation of Chambersburg Church of the Brethren on Sunday evening. He is scheduled to do so again at 7 tonight in a donation-only show open to the public.

"I have a lot of friends out there watching me right now," he said during Sunday's performance. The remark was met with a round of hearty applause.


Proceeds from the shows benefit Myers' missions trip to India, where he hopes to perform for hundreds of thousands of people.

The local shows, for a room seating 400, allowed Myers to experiment with different special effects and lighting.

"This is probably the 30th time we've done this program, but we tried to do it better," he said.

His repertoire included "Metamorphosis," originated by Harry Houdini, who switched places with an assistant in a cargo box.

That trick was a favorite of Melissa Jimenez, Nicole Weiss and Kimberly Orndorff, all of Chambersburg. The trio hadn't figured out the techniques behind any of the tricks.

"If you want to learn magic, you can come and see the show," said Kimberly, 11.

"It was good because of the tricks," said Grace Brosius, 8, of Chambersburg.

"I love being in front of an audience and making people laugh," Myers said.

He is a communications major at Tennessee's Bryan College, where he met assistant Katie Garrison. Myers hopes to make BAMmagic Ministries a full-time venture when he graduates.

"I liked it all," said Mackenzie Newman, 10, of Chambersburg.

Her sister, 14-year-old Chelsea Newman, agreed.

"I was trying to take it all in. It's an excellent show, and it puts the Word out there," Chelsea said.

If you go ...

What: BAMmagic Ministries magic show

When: 7 p.m. today; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Chambersburg Church of the Brethren, 260 S. Fourth St.

Admission by donation.

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