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Nick Norton

How do you make a magic show better, especially when it was never bad in the first place?

Nick Norton, who first showed off his magic abilities at Silverwood Theme Park at a young age, continues to hone his talents and showmanship, and has become something of a fixture at the Northwest's largest theme park.

Even when he isn't on a local stage, like in the winters or part of last season when he was trying his hand at screenwriting in New York, Norton always thinks of new ways to dazzle the audience with great illusions and also make it fun.

This year, he's accomplishing both with "Nick Norton - Live," which takes place five days a week in the Theater of Illusion.

"I've gone in a whole different direction this year and have really gone heavy on comedy," he said.

Of course, even his humorous patter is backed by amazing illusions, beautiful, talented assistants, quick changes of costumes and scenery and even a few favorite elements that come back year after year.

"We always keep in the Floating Table," Norton said. "But I think we have a much better vibe and more flow."

The 30-minute show takes audience members everywhere from the mysterious Orient to Indiana Jones-like temples to a magic carpet ride to a 1930s detective world.

Plus, Norton takes the time for traditional 'Vegas-style' magic, including projecting some of his card tricks on a big screen so even those back can be mystified by his abilities.

"We always have a lot of audience participation," he said.

Joining him on stage this year will be new cast members Andrea Stevens and Lindsay Morris, who Norton said both have great dance abilities.

"We also have some new illusions, including something with origami, and something from David Copperfield," he said.

At first, Norton was a little worried that the comedy wouldn't sell, but he's heard a good response from the crowds.

"Audiences know they're in for something new," he said.

He also tries to head to the stage a little before showtime to greet some of the early birds, and can sometimes be spotted in the nearby gift shop following a performance offering a few pointers to aspiring magicians.