Rogue 2018: Whether on the street or inside a theater, these magicians just want to entertain

In some communities such as San Francisco, there’s a divide between those who work their magic inside and those who do it on the street

By William Ramirez

Kyle Elder and Chase Martin have loved magic since they were children. Magic has always seemed to love them, too, but in very different ways.

The Rogue Festival this year is hosting five magic acts. Among those acts you’ll find magicians with different performance styles. Martin is a street magician who relies on people walking by for his audiences. Elder is more a traditional magician who offers ticketed shows inside established venues.

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At top, Chase the Entertainer performs his magic show on the streets of San Francisco. (Photos via chasetheentertainer.com.) Above, Kyle Elder is president of the Fresno Magic Club.

While their styles differ, both came to magic as a refuge. Martin found it to be a way to work for himself, something he desperately needed due to his fatigue and pain caused by his congenital myasthenic syndrome, a neuromuscular transmission disorder. Elder fell in love with the art when his grandfather, who was sick with cancer, bought him a simple coin trick from a magic shop in San Francisco.

They come from different magic worlds.

Martin mastered his craft in the magic community of San Francisco, which he said has a “divided” magic scene.

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