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Hahira students stay drug-free in a magical way

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) - South Georgia students learned about the importance of staying drug-free Thursday in a magical way.

During Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention campaign, a professional magician stopped by Hahira Elementary School and gave a magic show to students.

Fire magically turns into a bird at the Hahira Elementary school gym Thursday. The Moluccan Cockatoo named Bingo is no stranger to performing.

After seeing the movie Harry Houdini and seeing a poster of that same movie in his elementary school library. "Magic" Marc Dunston knew he wanted to do magic tricks in a talent show and as a career.

"I entered that school competition, won that competition and I gave the money that I won to another family, because the father lost his job and I gave them money so they could have Thanksgiving dinner," said "Magic" Marc.

"Magic" Marc gives 230 show per year to kids. Through magic, he wants to show kids they can be anything they want to be by setting goals, staying in school, and making good choices.

Kids enjoyed the entertainment but also took away with life lessons.

"That you shouldn't do drugs," said fourth grader True Gane.

"Goals give you something to follow and work for," said fifth grader Sam Walker.

One student and "Magic" Marc turned paper into a snake.

"I think the most important piece would be to dream, never stop dreaming, and just allowing teachers and the educators and the people that really care about you in your life to help guide you to that specific goal," said "Magic Marc." 

"Magic" Marc talked about life in Philadelphia and how some of his friends got on the wrong path, making bad decisions, and ending up in jail.

"If we can get kids to understand these things are bad and get away from the negative or the bad things and stay positive, surround yourself around positive people and to get closer to your goal," said "Magic" Marc.

He recently appeared in August-September issue of The South Magazine and is the author of The Magic of Giving.

The self-taught magician has also been on several talk shows including Oprah. He lives in Savannah produces and hosts the "Magic Marc Television Show."

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