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Pedestrians, magician to perform perilous act

Rick Chandler

Dennis Weaver in “Duel.” Sheriff Buford T. Justice in “Smokey and the Bandit.” Toonces the Driving Cat. All have looked road danger in the eye, pushed their cars to the limit, and have ended up with crumpled metal and wafting oil smoke for their trouble.

But magician Jonathan Neal Brown, the star of the production show “TV’s Magic Stars” at the Horizon Casino Resort, says that he will beat the odds. The veteran prestidigitator will attempt one of the most dangerous stunts known to magic, the Double-Blind Drive.

Gulp.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, Brown will cover his entire face with a solid steel mask. Next, he will pull an opaque black sack over his head. He’ll then be placed behind the wheel of an automobile, and attempt to use his gift of sensory powers to guide him from the Tahoe Keys Marina parking lot, east down U.S. Highway 50, to the Horizon Casino Resort located on the Nevada side of the south shore of Lake Tahoe.

Toonces, look out! Nooooooo!

Joining him in the automobile will be members of local newspaper and radio stations, as well as show producer Tony Clark from Los Angeles. The media will be asked to thoroughly examine both masks prior to them being placed on Jonathan’s face. Media members will also be invited to ride along with Jonathan at their own risk.

Um, that day I’ll be deathly ill.

The media and public are invited to attend this free event at 2 p.m., starting at the parking lot of the Tahoe Keys Marina located at 2435 Venice Dr East, South Lake Tahoe, or to cheer him on along the route of Highway 50, or be at the Horizon Casino Resort at 50 Highway 50 in Stateline when he arrives and completes this Double-Blind Drive.

Also, it is rumored that a small contingent will camp out at the Barton Emergency entrance, where wine and cheese will be served. Plus, free gauze for the kids if Brown fails to show up.

No word yet on an even more harrowing stunt — attempting to cross highway 50 by foot during normal afternoon traffic.


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