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'Magician for nonbelievers' visits FHSU

4/10/2014

ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

Every magician has a secret. Peter Boie, a magician for nonbelievers, cites lack of sleep as his.

Sponsored by the University Activities Board, Boie performed in front of a packed Cody Commons Tuesday at Fort Hays State University. 

Boie started experimenting with magic tricks when he was 11 years old. He discovered a magic book and started learning.

“I was just fascinated with magic,” he said. 

When he was 15, he booked his first paying show. 

“I couldn’t believe I could get paid for this,” Boie said. “So this was my goal to be a professional magician since then.” 

Boie focuses on the college scene, and performs approximately 150 shows in 20 states each year. 

“I love this audience,” he said. “This age group is really fun to be around, so I started pursuing student activities.” 

From the classic Houdini straight jacket escape to correctly guessing the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, Boie performed several original and classic tricks. 

“I don’t steal my tricks,” he said while laughing. “I do invent a good number, but I also use a lot of old ideas. I buy some old books, and rework the trick to make my own.” 

For his final trick, he taped a sheet of paper to the wall before the show. On the paper, he wrote a number, the number of licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. He recruited an audience member, senior Alyssa Peppiatt, to get to the center by the end of the show. It look 691 licks. He correctly wrote this number on the paper before the show. 

“My mind is blown,” said freshman Taylor Reynolds. “That was amazing.”