Vlog: Behind The Scenes: University of Washington Halftime

In my two-plus decades as a professional magician, I was beginning to think I was running out of new and unique first-time experiences. But a recent gig at the Alaska Airlines Arena proved me wrong! Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to perform some close-up magic at halftime of a University of Washington men’s basketball game. It was the first time your favorite Seattle magician had performed at a game of any kind and it was an absolute blast!

It was a challenging concept to choose my close-up style while seemingly isolated at center court, but the arena’s close-up cameras on the floor provided all the shots needed for the whole audience to enjoy a great card trick.

Those who follow my adventures know that I love customizing my illusions and card tricks as much as possible and I had a great surprise ending in store for the large crowd. Not only did I correctly identify the card my volunteer (who was decked out in Husky gear) had selected, but I unveiled a hidden message for all the fans in the arena as well! Please check out the video below to view the entire performance.

Watch The Full Performance Here:

I am humbled in two ways when thinking back on this halftime performance. First of all, it was one of the most unique and rewarding experiences I’ve had in my career. The atmosphere and vibe in the building were simply amazing. I look forward to returning for an encore performance!

Secondly, this took place only a couple of months before the Coronavirus made its presence known and capsized our way of life. We had not yet heard the words “social distancing” or given a second thought to attending basketball games, eating in restaurants or even going into the office. So, I reflect on this experience with a renewed perspective and appreciation for the work I do and for the lives of the people I’m blessed to entertain.

Sure, I’ve become skilled at pulling off some great tricks and illusions, but it is the people I meet along the way who are the real magic.

Until next time,

Nate Jester