Discovery Science Place has something up their sleeve

By Jamey Boyum - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - They couldn't believe their eyes, and neither will you when you see what's up the sleeve of this guy.

Meet Richard Hatch. No, he wasn't the first Survivor winner, he's just an ordinary guy who can do things like put together a shredded newspaper.

He's been seeing this look on kids faces since he was one.

"For them its real magic. It's like Santa Clause or the Easter bunny, that kind of thing and you don't want to tamper with that. But, with other kids it's a game it's a battle of wits. They know it's not real and they're out to catch you. That's fun for me too. It keeps me on my toes," Richard said.

At nine, he read his first book on Magic, and he's been hooked ever since.

"A lot of kids get interested, but then they get frustrated because it's so secretive they can't find the information they want. So, that's one of the reasons we're teaching the classes is to hopefully open the door for some people, show them how they can get started. Show them some websites and some magazines," Richard pointed out.

Yes, you heard right. For thirty bucks you can get started as a magician. You do have to take the oath, though.

"Audiences are typically disappointed if they find out how something works. Even though, it's a natural reaction when you see something impossible you want to know how it works, you're curious. But, if that curiosity is satisfied generally the audience is disappointed so that's why they sign that, "He adds.

So, if you're one of those people who says, oh, I could do that if I knew how, maybe you should give it a shot and get started making faces beam kind of like these.

Richard Hatch will be performing shows Saturday at 11 and 3 and Sunday at 2. His workshops are Saturday at 12:30 and 4, and Sunday at 3. Ten bucks for the show, and thirty for the workshop...all at the Discovery Science Center this weekend.