After magician Chad Crews announced he was going to do a magic trick with thumbcuffs and asked for two adult volunteers, 8-year-old Noah Lindler had an idea to take the trick up a notch.
“I thought it would be cool to see them locked together,” he said of the two adults after the show.
Upon Noah’s suggestion, Crews locked the thumbs of the volunteers into the thumbcuffs, getting laughs from the audience.
It also helped to prove how difficult it would be for Crews himself to get out of them. After locking them in the thumbcuffs, each stated that it would be difficult to get out of and that it would probably hurt to try to do so on their own.
“It was pretty tight,” volunteer Symonne Tall said after the show.
Then it was Crews’ turn to do the trick. He unlocked the volunteers and had Noah hold a hat.
The volunteers then locked Crews into the thumbcuffs, and as they covered his hands with a jacket, Crews escaped from the cuffs without the key.
The volunteers checked the jacket to make sure the cuffs weren’t there before Crews asked Noah to open the bag in the hat to see what’s in it. Noah pulled out the thumbcuffs.
“That was cool,” Noah said.
It was fun being a part of the trick, Tall said.
“I have no idea how he did that,” she said. “Those cuffs were pretty tight. I can’t figure it out, but it was neat.”
It was one of several tricks that brought shocked looks and lots of “oohs” and “whoas” to the room full of children and adults who had gathered for the magic show on June 20 at the Nancy Carson Library.
Early in the show, Crews showed his snake, Cornbread, to the audience and talked a little bit about him. After the show, he allowed people to pet him.
“I liked Cornbread,” said Noah, who also petted him after the show. “But, my favorite trick was the one with the balls. It was hard to keep track of what he was doing with the balls.”
Throughout his show, Crews also emphasized the importance of reading and after each trick, he urged the audience to checkout books from the library to learn more about their interests.
He also shared with the audience that he learned how to do magic by reading and showed them the book.
When people read, they can learn how to do “all kinds of things, meet all kinds of people, (and) go all kinds of places,” he told them.