After all, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” Morris says, quoting no less an authority than science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. So no wonder club president Rushin loves science fiction, as witnessed in his close-up performance. But he does it all -- escaping from straitjackets, a razor blade routine, street magic on the Ocean City boardwalk, and strolling magic at the National Press Club and Georgetown Hospital.

Says the college dance major whose wife encouraged him to return to his youthful interest in magic for their daughter’s elementary school shows, “Any time I get a chance to perform it’s fun for me.”

The Columbia Conjurors meet monthly, usually on the second Monday of the month, at 8 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. For additional information, go to

Magic for hire

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Several members of the Columbia Conjurors perform independently at special events.

Atlantis Magic Productions
Matt Neufeld specializes in children’s birthday parties, especially ages 7-12, as well as stage and parlor magic for families and communities.; 301-263-9800, Ext. 124.

Dan the Magic Man
Dan Cogliano performs for children ages 3-8 with a mixture of magic, comedy and puppets.;; 410-212-9332.

Magic Carpet Entertainment
Ellen & Wayne Miller specialize in community and corporate picnics and fairs. Pockets and the Magician do walk-around entertainment, balloon sculptures and face-painting.;; 410-730-1598.

The Magic of George Bradley
includes close-up, parlor and stage magic for events and functions.;; 240-481-6677.

The Magic of Pravin & Vaibhav
has father-and-teen-son team performing magic and creating balloon animals at birthday parties, community events and company picnics.; 410-340-0529.

Shazam Magic
Peter Wood, accompanied at large events by brother Matt, performs stage and strolling magic and parties for adult crowds and family audiences.;; 301-246-2442.

Need some magic in your life?

Traditional magic shops have become fewer and further between, but wizard-wannabes will now find Magic in the Mill at Savage Mill (in the new Weave Building), where magician Pravin Ponnuri offers the paraphernalia of magic, juggling, face-painting, gags and pranks -- with free demos -- on Friday evenings and weekends. Birthday parties by arrangement, too. Call 410-340-0529 or e-mail with questions.

Every third Sunday of the month, Friends of the Magi host Magic Sundays at Chapala Restaurant in Burtonsville. Sleight-of-hand artists visit tables during lunch at 2 p.m. Headliners perform onstage 3-5 p.m. Tickets for show and lunch: adults $15, kids under 9 free; kids’ menu price $6 applies in between. Maximum two children ages 4 and up per adult. For reservations call 301-421-0924 or go to