THE INTER-MOUNTAIN - An Elkins native wowed kids and adults alike Saturday night during the Mountain State Forest Festival Comedy/Magic Show.
Illusionist Joshua Jordan performed everything from card tricks and mind-reading displays while having Maid Silvia Morgan Alyssa Stephens and other audience members come on stage as part of the show, which took place at the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium at Davis & Elkins College.
“It’s such an honor to be here, because I was born and raised in Elkins,” Jordan told the crowd, explaining he lives in California now but always enjoys returning to Elkins.
When Jordan was young, his interest in magic was sparked by watching the Disney Channel as well as watching the annual MSFF Comedy/Magic Show.
When he was still in his early 20s and pursuing magic as a hobby, his invitations to perform mounted to the point that he left his day job as a medical assistant, according to a news release.
He’s been performing full-time for the last six years, most often as a motivational speaker with his program “Illusions of Life.” He included a lot of humor in the show as well as fun tricks for all ages.
Saturday’s event was hosted by the Campus Activities Board of Davis & Elkins College, and it was offered free for children 12 and younger as well as D&E students.
Jordan invited Stephens up to the stage during the show, asking her to pick an animal cracker so he could “read her mind” and draw the animal, drawing lots of laughs in the process. He also invited her friend, Sara Shoemaker, up to the stage to help.
Another audience member selected to help on stage Saturday night was Clare Talbott, a 12-year-old from Elkins, who assisted with a trick involving Styrofoam cups. Talbott said the show was a lot of fun overall, but admitted she was surprised to be called up to help Jordan with a trick.
“It was kind of scary,” she said.
The 81st edition of the Mountain State Forest Festival, with the theme “FALL into Autumn Traditions,” will continue through Sunday in Elkins.
Additional information on upcoming Forest Festival events can be found online at www.forestfestival.com or by calling 304-636-1824.