Muscatine magician David Casas to lead magic class at Y

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–This October, Muscatine will have magic in the air, not just from Halloween, but from the Muscatine Community Y’s upcoming magic class. Held Tuesday evenings Oct. 4 through Nov. 8 from 5 to 6 p.m., young magicians age seven to 15 will have an enchanting time learning magic tricks from professional magician and Muscatine native David Casas.

Three years ago, Casas held his first magic class at the Y and received a very positive response from the local community. Both Casas and Amy Hessel, character development director for the Muscatine Community Y, welcomed the chance to collaborate again.

Growing up, Casas enjoyed watching magic specials on television, but did not know how to get started with it himself. While shopping at North Park Mall in Davenport, he saw some magicians performing at a kiosk, and stopped to ask them about taking lessons. Through them, he discovered Robert’s Magic Store, where he took lessons on Saturday mornings. For the past 25 years, Casas has performed magic professionally, and has done so full time for the past 20. About a decade ago, he started offering a few youth magic classes a year to kids in the Quad Cities, and he has enjoyed sharing what he loves with kids living in his home town.

Throughout the six week class, students will learn beginner friendly slight of hand tricks. For each trick they learn, kids will use common household materials, such as playing cards, coins, rubber bands, and cotton balls, making it easy for them to practice at home without having to purchase expensive magic sets. Each time Casas teaches one of his classes, he introduces new tricks so that kids who have taken it before can continue to learn more from him while also reviewing the skills they already learned.

On top of introducing kids to the art of slight of hand, Casas will also use the class to help them build their performance skills, which will come in handy in many situations, such as presenting at school. “It really helps with their self-confidence, public speaking skills, and showmanship,” he said.

The class will also help kids boost their creativity as well, as part of the magic in each trick will come from the explanation performers give to set it up. “I really stress when I teach that when they do a trick it should have a story,” Casas elaborated.

On the final meeting of the class, participants will put on a magic show at the end to demonstrate to their family and friends what they learned, with children each performing a trick of their choice. “I think it’s great because the kids want to show it off,” remarked Hessel.

Casas welcomes both boys and girls to sign up for his upcoming magic class. Parents and guardians may get their children registered by visiting the Y’s website, calling 563-263-9996, or visiting the Y in person at 1823 Logan Street in Muscatine. Registration costs $60 per child. With only 15 slots available, Hessel encourages interested families to get their kids signed up soon.

A fantastic opportunity for young magicians to get started, Casas looks forward to introducing magic to today’s young people. “I like to keep the heart of magic alive and keep it going for the next generation,” he stated. “I’m hoping to get a lot of interest because it is my hometown.”

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