Thursday, June 17, 2021 | 2 a.m.
Back before he become “Lefty,” a nickname and character identifying a talented and experienced performer, director and designer, Douglas Leferovich was very much into magic and especially into the Society of American Magicians Parent Assembly #1 of New York City. It’s the oldest and largest magic club in the country, established in 1902 and the producers of a legendary annual Salute to Magic show since 1909.
Leferovich has been a member for 31 years, but back when he was too young to join, his parents would take him to the show and he and his brother would explore the Roosevelt Hotel while the magicians had their mysterious meetings.
“Back then, before the internet, there were three ways to learn magic — from a book, from a magic shop, or an older, wiser magician could pass on his knowledge,” says Leferovich. “A lot of my early magic I learned from these older members who would take the time after the show to teach us new tricks and really help us. Now it’s so easy to type something into the internet and get the explanation. Back then it was more of a guarded secret.”
This year’s Salute to Magic is set for Tuesday, June 22, and it will be the first time in 112 years the show won’t be held in New York City. It’ll be virtual, conducted live from Show Creators Studios on Sunset Road here in Las Vegas. Leferovich will be performing and hosting, but also honored as the 2021 Magician of the Year.
Leferovich has been living and working in Las Vegas for nearly two decades. For the last seven months he’s resumed his role as “Lefty” in Murray Sawchuck’s “Murray the Magician” show at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana, and for the last six months his own “Late Night Magic” has been running for three nights a week at the Alexis Park Resort.
“I feel very fortunate to be working because I still have so many friends who have not been able to get back to work, onstage or behind the stage,” he says. “I also think there has been a nice opportunity in the last six months or so for people to focus on and see the smaller shows in town. Sometimes people get blinded by the big names and there was a while when there were only 12 shows in town, and it was nice for them to get a shine.”
The 112th annual Salute to Magic show will be livestreamed for free at 5 p.m. June 22 at salutetomagic.com and it will include performances by Lefty, Sawchuck, and “Late Night Magic” artists Bizzaro, John Shaw, Mondre and AnnaRose. It will also a include a welcome from Wayne Newton, a presentation of the Magician of the Year award from the society’s vice president Sterling Lee, and video messages of congratulations from Jonathan and Drew Scott, Alice Cooper, Rick Harrison, Frank Marino, Neil Sedaka, Carrot Top and many magician friends such as Tommy Wind, Jen Kramer, Santiago Michel, David Goldrake and Steve Wyrick. Couldn’t happen to a nicer magician.
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