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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (April 9, 1974)
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Abracadabra no miracle tor
"Corns, bring thy wand, whose magic power can
wake the troubled spirits of the deep. "
Address to Fancy
Magic. The mere word conjures up marvelous
visions. Magic is an ancient and honorable art
involving illusions, sleight of hand, mind reading and
in turn, that art's purpose is to entertain, as
anyone belonging to the Society of American
Magicians (SAM) will tell you. The society was
formed long ago and has had many famous members
such as Houdinl, his brother Hardeen, and Thurston,
the master of large illusions.
UNL student Dave Madsen, one of SAM's not so
famous members, is a magician, and while he's not,
working at the Daily Nebraskan, he's often
entertaining us with his illusions. Madsen has baffled
all of us with his magic knife trick, in which he
changes a white knife to a black knife and then makes
Madsen has been learning magic for about 11
years. Hit interest was sparked by a little magic kit, a
Christmas gift from his grandmother, which
contained eight simpJe tricks. Madsen said he
remembers watching Mark Wilson's Magic, Land of
Alakazam when he was younger, and found it a
soUrce of inspiration.
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Madsen said he gets most of his tricks from books
and other magicians. It's an unsworn oath of
magicians that they will never reveal their tricks to
anyone save another magician. "Once you learn the
basic moves, you can apply them to all sorts of
objects," he said. "There is always a simple
Every magician has his forte: Houdini and Hardeen
specialized in escapes, Cardini works with cigarettes
and cards. Madsen does not specialize in any special
area, but has done some perplexing tricks with cards,
balls, knives and cups.
One favorite of mine involves two small foal baiis,
which Madsen places n my hand, f am told to hold
onto them tightly and after he waves his magic wand
and tells me to open my hand, another ball appears in
His card tricks are especially enjoyable.
Madsen maintains his most spectacular trick is one
which he performs on a stage. "Laying or. stage are
several canvases of the type a painter would use,
about three by four feet in dimension. I construct on
stage a small house out of these canvases. Vyhen the
house is built, I shoot a gun at it and my assistant
jumps out of the house."
Through the SAM, magicians have access to an
assortment of tricks and props for tricks. They can be
very expensive, he said, "but you must remember
that the most important thing about magic is to
entertain them by fooling them, and it isn't necessary
to spend a lot of money to do that."
Madsen was recently elected Harper Hall President.
His campaign slogan: He can do the trick.
By Diana Wanek
He's known as Mr. Good'n Country and after hearing his
music, it's easy to see why.
Jimmy Martin and his Sunny Mountain Boys, award
winning country music stars, will present a concert at the
East Campus Union Friday at 7:30 p.m. The concert is
sponsored by the Union Programs Concert Committee.
A recent Grammy Award nominee for Best Country
Vocal Performance on an album. Will the Circle be
Unbroken, Martin has been pulling in muscial awards for
His musical career began when ha joined Bill Monroe in
1949. It had been Martin's lifelong dream to sing and play
country music, and working for five years with Bill Monroe,
one of the most lauded country musicians in the business,
was the beginning of his dream coma true.
In 1953, Martin formed his own band, known as the
Sunny Mountain Boys, and they played WJR's Barn Dance
in Detroit for several years. .
From Detroit, they moved to Shreveport, La., as a
headline attraction on the Louisiana Hayride. After three
years Martin and his group moved around a lot, appearing
in such places as the Grand Ole Opry, the Philadelphia Folk
Festival, the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, and the World's
His song "Sunny Sid of the Mountain" is part of the
Country Music Ha'l of Fame; he's won the Goiden Guitar
Award; the Americana Award for the Most Popular Group,
and many others.
The Bluegrass Crusade, a local group, also will play at
Friday's concert.' The Bluegrass Crusade features Steve
Hansen on banjo, who won Best Picker award at the
Brownville Fiddlers' Festival this last year. The group also
won Best Group award.
Admission is $1. Tickets are available at the Union
South Desk, the East Campus Union and at Dirt Cheap
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