A block away from where Karl was hanging out at Five Star Pizza was 17-year-old Trino, who is on the other end of the magician spectrum. Trino—that’s his real name, and he’s not going to give you his last name, it’s just Trino, okay?—is just getting his magic career started. Over the weekend he was busking, or performing on the street, to live audiences. Busking is one of the highlights of the festival, and some of the best acts are out on the blacktop in the sun, hustling tricks.
Trino started doing magic to “pick up girls, but it didn’t work,” he says. The girls part, that is, not the magic part, because his act is pretty astounding. He’s already won two magic contests, and he has his eyes set on the Colon High School stage, where the big magic acts perform for the duration of the Magic Get-Together.
“My friends bag groceries for extra cash. I do magic,” he says, adding that he intends to keep sharpening his magic skills, even as he heads off to college next year.
Maybe Trino will get his own sidewalk star one day. The Colon Downtown Development Authority has plans to put in at least three more.
In the meantime, Trino and Carl Karl and the rest will keep entertaining festival-goers—close up, in person, informally and with great gusto, which is what attendees love, and which is what makes the Magic Get-Together so completely worthwhile in the first place.
[Photos: Lara Zielin]