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THE MAGIC TOUCH Lodi illusionist Spencer Lancastle uses trickery for good

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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 7:09 am

By day, he works in an office. But by night — and weekends — he is a magician. Spencer Lancastle is a 28-year-old Lodi native who has been doing magic since he was 12 years old. Now, he is using his card tricks and illusions to not only build a name for himself as a magician, but also to help people.

Here’s a glimpse into the world of a Lodi magician.

On helping people

Lancastle says he does magic to make a difference. He volunteers at Lodi care homes, like Delta Convalescent and Vienna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as well as some of the hospitals in Stockton, where he performs magic tricks for residents and patients.

“I’ve always been a really giving person. Giving is more important than taking,” he said.

On the horizon

Lancastle is trying to organize large stunts this summer that will raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation. He has been practicing stunts like being chained and shackled under water and setting himself free at the end of the eight hours.

In the office

You may imagine a magician to be a complete jokester in the office place, but Grant Fletcher of Raymond James — a financial planning business in Lodi — says “he’s got a fantastic personality and a go-get-it attitude ... he’s a refreshing personality to have.” Lancastle, who is a sales assistant, even taught James a way to use a magic trick to hand out his business cards.

His inspirations

Lancastle is intrigued by the old 19th century magic, that of people like Lance Burton and Houdini.

Around town

Aside from care homes, Lancastle does magic for tasting room and winery events, as well as at birthday parties. He recently did a party for his sister — a Tokay student — in which he turned a card to ash, swallowed it and was then able to show the original card.

For more information about Spencer Lancastle, find him on Facebook. Search “Spencer Lancastle.”

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