Scotty Wiese hit a snag in his magic trick, but that wasn't enough to fluster him.
“If I'm truly a magician, I should be able to do it,” Wiese said, to laughs from the crowd.
That mastery of appearing in control yet humorous and easily approachable is what made Wiese a hit with dozens of older local residents at a Nov. 7 Centennial Active Seniors event called Mile High Magic.
Wiese, who has done magic since age 6, captivated audience members in small groups, most notably by appearing to read their minds. He asked audience members to think of a special person in their lives, and, through various lead-up tactics, he'd reveal the name they thought of.
For Ceasar Maldonado, a 68-year-old Centennial resident, the trick was an emotional affair — Maldonado had thought of his father, who died two months ago at age 91.
“It just blew me away,” Maldonado said. He added: “This is the first time my wife and I have ever participated in a 55-and-up activity — we definitely plan to come back.”
Wiese, a 20-year-old Denver native, performed his first show at age 9.
His favorite part of performing for older audiences is bringing them “back to a childhood state of wonder,” Wiese said. People don't experience a lot of wonder in today's world, he added.
“I think it's really important now more than ever to experience live entertainment,” Weise said, “because it brings you into the moment.”
The event at the South Suburban Family Sports Center at 6901 S. Peoria St. was put on as part of the Centennial Active Seniors events program by the Centennial Senior Commission, which advises the Centennial City Council on matters affecting seniors.
For more information on the Active Seniors program, visit www.centennialco.gov/Residents/Get-Involved/Centennial-Active-Seniors, or call 303-754-3316.
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