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Friday Night Live and Magicians Unfazed by Rain

HASTINGS, N.Y. - Even the rain couldn't stop Friday Night Live from taking over Hastings.

The wet weather shifted the event into the James V. Harmon Community Center.

Vinny DePonto and Mike Allan were the featured producers for Friday Night Live, where the theme was "Midsummer Magic." DePonto was the featured magician while Allan handled DJ and hosting duties.

"We're just filling this place with magic and we're doing the most we can," DePonto said.

This wasn't the type of magic you'd come to expect in a movie or on a Las Vegas stage. DePonto brought what he called parlor magic to the crowd Friday.

"Parlor magic dates back to when they used to hire magicians to come to your parlor and your living room," he said. "Invite the whole family over and do these tricks. And that's kind of what this is. It's not the big illusions that you see on TV with the tigers. It's a little more intimate. It's a little more involved."

Patrick Terry, who was walking around performing card tricks for those in the crowd, described himself as a slight of hand artist and said magic is something he's been practicing for the past 15 years.

Terry and the other performers had the crowd of locals trying to figure out their tricks. The community center was filled with children who were enthralled with the magic, the jugglers, the face painters and the mind readers.

Even with all the stress of setting up and shifting the event indoors, Allan said that the final product made it all worthwhile.

"That's what this event’s about," Allan said. "Friday Night Live is about bringing people to Hastings and enjoying what Hastings has to offer."

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