Sampson’s street magician

Ben Chavez’s illusions wow on SCC campus

By Cheyenne Harbison - Early College intern

When you think of magic, you may think of the awe and wonder of everyday life or the inexplicable mysteries of the world.

Illusionist and magician David Blaine described magic as “an art where you use slight of hand or illusion to create wonder” and that’s what magic is really all about. Sampson Early College hides the wonder of Ben Chavez, a fourth year student and magician who is quite the marvel on campus. With his charming personality, winning smile and caring heart, Chavez has gained many wonderful friends and fans through his work.

Chavez has been interested in magic since he was a little kid and chose a deck of cards over sports or other activities because the cards best suited him and his personality. His experience with magic has been a work in progress for nine, going on 10, years now. He continues to wow and amaze family and friends around him on an almost daily basis. He practices all the time and because of his high skill level, it doesn’t take long at all to learn a new trick.

You can rest assured that all of his tricks are as original as he is because, as he says, “I don’t imitate other magicians because that’s not who I am, but I make them my own,” Chavez said.

In order to keep from forgetting his many wonders, Chavez writes them all down and creates routines. He often showcases his talent to friends and strangers by striking up a conversation and then performing one or two. He also has an uncanny ability to read the emotions and body language of his audience to pick the right trick to do or to know just which card is yours.

Chavez was quick to say that it is Blaine, an illusionist, magician, and endurance artist from New York, who inspired him to get into magic and who he looks up to most. New York Daily News said in an article about Blaine that he could “lay claim to his own brand of wizardry; the magic he offers operates on an uncommonly personal level.”

The same can be said of Chavez by the way he interacts with his spectators and always makes sure everything is deemed fair and reasonable.

“I hope people remember me as a guy who brought magic to the people — you know, pushed the boundaries of wonder,” said Chavez.

This sentiment easily seems to capture the drive and passion behind Chavez’s art as well. Through other quotes and ideals from Blaine, it is fairly easy to see how pieces of Blaine have been woven into Chavez’s personality and style like a creative quilt of magic and mystery.

Although magic is just a hobby for him, “whatever happens, happens,” Chavez noted. “It would be amazing to do something I absolutely love.”

Chavez is also available to be booked for different events and can be reached at He offered words of wisdom for would-be magicians.

“Be inspired,” he implored, “and collaborate with other magicians.”

Ben Chavez’s illusions wow on SCC campus

By Cheyenne Harbison

Early College intern
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