When Clay Moore was 7 years old, his family took a vacation to Orlando, Fla.
Moore recalled stopping to watch a street performer doing magic tricks.
“He worked for a magic shop and he was doing a cool trick with cards,” Moore said. “I had to learn that trick. I was just so enthused. I bought the trick and he took me in a back room and showed me how to do it.
“He said if I could come back tomorrow and show him that trick, he would show me another trick and give me that to learn. I came back with that trick and one of my own. I impressed him, which was cool. I just kept going with that.”
A decade later, Moore, 17, a student at Clay High School in Oregon, is still doing tricks and illusions.
He performed his first stage magic trick at age 10.
“It was a special bag trick, where I had a red bag on stage and a person would select a card,” Moore said. “They would sign the card and place it inside the bag. I would wave my hand over the bag and pull out their signed card, along with a rabbit.”
Moore called that performance his “first big step.”
“I was a little clumsy at first,” he said. “After that, things started getting going.”
Moore is now part of an Oregon-based group called Disappearing Inc., which will perform at the Maumee Indoor Theater on July 11 and 12 as part of the group’s 2008 Summer of Grand Illusion Spectacular.
“The last time we were at the Maumee Indoor Theater, we called it a Night of Grand Illusion,” Moore said. “That was our beginning. We wanted to see if we could put together our own show, run by all teenagers. Every part of the show was done by teenagers last year. We broke even on our ticket sales, but what we did accomplish with that was (gaining) stage experience. It’s a wonderful thing to perform before a crowd.”
This year, Moore said, Disappearing Inc. is adding 10 new illusions. Fifteen teens will help present the 90-minute performance.
Moore said his new illusion would feature an attempt to escape from a 55-gallon drum filled with water. The drum will be locked from the outside using three master padlocks.
“I’ve been training for this illusion for two months and holding my breath for, hopefully, up to five minutes,” Moore said. “We wanted to take it a step further. Instead of being confined in a small area, we wanted to make it more difficult so we added chains and padlocks on my wrists and ankles to make this escape just a little more difficult.
“Hopefully, we can pull this off. Every member of my crew is certified in CPR and rescue breathing. I’m really excited about this show.”
Among those who will be accompanying Moore is assistant magician and longtime friend Sean McGee, who is also a student at Clay.
“What’s cool about this show is you’re going to experience an out-of-body experience,” Moore said. “You’re going to think in an illusion sense. As reality is reality, illusion is really reality. That’s what this show is about.”
The shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 419-503-0903 or through Disappearing Inc.’s Web site at www.dimagicians.com.
Disappearing Inc. will perform at the Maumee Indoor Theater July 11 and 12 as part of the group’s 2008 Summer of Grand Illusion Spectacular.