Young magician takes second in Magician of the Year finals


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Stephen Duhaime of Viera finished second in the youth division of the Magician of the Year contest at Magic Dove Magic Shop in Cocoa. Photo by George White

Viera homeschooled student Stephen Duhaime, 12, won a Magic Dove Magic Shop monthly contest in Cocoa Village just in time to qualify for the Dec. 13 Magician of the Year where he surprisingly took second in the youth division.

Magic Dove Magic Shop opened in 2006 in Cocoa Village, offering magic tricks and supplies for beginners and professionals. Magic Dove is not only the host of the Magician of the Year contest, but also host to the world’s largest youth magic club — Society of Young Magicians.

“He won the November contest which qualified him for the finals held in the civic center in Cocoa Village,” shop manager Terry Black said. “He was in the youth category running from age 7 to adult. It was the first time he was in the finals.”

Duhaime explained that he actually has returned to magic.

 “About five years ago, ‘America’s Got Talent’ had a magician on that, and I got interested but I got out for a while. I had been into it before and I thought ‘I used to do that’ and got back into it. I just barely made it at the last monthly contest,” he said.

Once in, Duhaime made the most of his six-minute performance with a trick where a ring went into a walnut that was inside an egg and inside a lemon.

“I liked it but I didn’t think I was going to do that well. I was very surprised. Someday, I want to do it professionally part-time. I want do magic to get through college,” he said.

Black was impressed with Duhaime’s performance.

“I have seen him improve greatly over the two years he’s been coming here. It’s been amazing,” he said.

There were a dozen contestants in the finals, seven in the youth category, he said.

“These were all first-place monthly winners. He beat some guys that have won first place in the state,’’ Black said.

Proud dad, Shail Duhaime, was more than pleased with the outcome.

“He’s doing great,” he said. “He had his best show ever at the competition. It was cool to see. At times, he was discouraged throughout the year and he didn’t think he was going to make it. Then to see him do so well.”

Mahogany Legette, a student at Rockledge High School, won the title in the youth division, as well as the first place People’s Choice Award in the youth division. Dr. Chad Lau, an engineer for Harris Corporation, won for the adult division. Placing third were Danny Sanz of Orlando in the adult division and Connor Kaplan of Merritt Island in the youth division.

Magic Dove Magic Shop is at 604 Brevard Ave. in Cocoa. For more information, call 321-433-1130 or go to MagicDove.com.