Poof! Magicians appear
by Ella McComas
For The Sentinel
Saturday, September 13, 2003
Magic scarves, rabbits and doves filled Clarion Hotel in Middlesex Township Friday evening.

Four magicians performed for about 300 people, including fellow magicians, at the hotel as part of the 61st annual Magicians' Alliance of Eastern States convention.

The convention features magic shows, seminars and dealer booths where magicians can see other people's tricks and purchase props.

Clark Beurlen and his wife Kathy have been coming to magic conventions for years. They own Circus Day Productions, which organizes performances in Columbia, Md.

"It's a very relaxed and happy convention," Clark Beurlen says. "Performers here are on the national level."

Steve Friedberg, a volunteer at the convention and amateur magician, says these events give magicians a chance to share and have fun.

"We like to watch others and are supportive o