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 as a halftime magician for the 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 performance as a halftime magician. 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