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Rouzerville Lions host magical event

December 21, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Laughter heartily mixed with ooohhhs and ahhhs when illusionist Jason Bishop took the stage Sunday afternoon at Hooverville Elementary School.

Bishop played well to the crowd of 170 children who enjoyed the performance free of charge thanks to sponsorship by the Rouzerville (Pa.) Lions Club.

It was the third year the Lions brought a magic act to the elementary school. Next year it is planning for a circus.

"We have it at the school because it's very accessible and they're very good to us," said Aileen Zeigler, who organized the event.

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Erin Izer, 9, joined friends Chloe Fogle and Brittany Johnson because "it sounded fun." Brittany, 12, was less enthusiastic.

"My brother likes magic, so he made me come," Brittany said.

Nathan and Devin Wynkoop had never seen a magician perform, but they partially knew what to expect. Nathan, 5, said he hoped Bishop would pull a rabbit from a hat.

Debbie Frey brought her 8-year-old daughter, Lindsey, for the first time.

"We heard it was good in other years," Debbie Frey said.

The Lions Club worked with Ted Hill of Theodore Productions Inc. to plan the show. The Carlisle, Pa., company produces shows for nonprofit organizations across the state.

Bishop "seems to be generating more and more attendance each time. He does change his act with new props and illusions," Hill said.

Zeigler spoke highly of the Allentown, Pa., area performer.

"He's traveled all over the world doing magic," Hill said.

The Lions Club also used the event as an opportunity to give away stuffed animals and raffle bicycles.

"It's about giving, sharing and seeing a lot of smiles on the faces. It's all about the children," Zeigler said.

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