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May 3, 2012

A magical moment for Beverly's mayor

BEVERLY — First there was Marco the Magi. Then Le Grand David.

Now there's ... Scanlon the Sensational?

Yes, that was Mayor Bill Scanlon performing on stage at last Sunday's magic show at the Cabot Theatre.

Well, "performing" might be too strong a word. How about "ably assisting."

Scanlon was enlisted to help out magician Henry Lewis, a guest performer at the Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company show. Lewis is a magician from London who was a friend of Cesareo Pelaez, the magic show founder who died in March. Lewis had promised Pelaez that he would come to Beverly to perform a show in his honor.

Scanlon's role act actually began last Friday, when Lewis stopped by the mayor's office at City Hall. Scanlon's job was to watch Lewis write down a prediction that Lewis would unveil on stage on Sunday.

The paper was rolled up and placed in capsule, which was put inside a metal cylinder filled with indelible black dye that would make it obvious if anyone tampered with it.

The cylinder was then sealed and placed into a box, which was locked with a combination lock. Scanlon signed a paper swearing to what he had witnessed and entrusted to keep the box and bring it with him to the show.

On Sunday, Lewis called Scanlon up on stage with the box. Lewis and Scanlon unlocked it, took out the cylinder, and poured the liquid dye and the capsule into a glass bowl of water. Lewis even gave the mayor a pair of white gloves to protect him from the dye.

Scanlon opened the capsule and read the prediction — Red Sox 1, White Sox 0, the exact score of Saturday night's game.

We heard the mayor got rave reviews for his performance. Now if he can only make the trash fee disappear.

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