TNJN Spotlight: Amateur magician and juggler volunteer talents


Kip and Dawson demonstrate key aspects to their act.
Jessica Carr/ TNJN

The art of performing magic is one that communicates to people of all ages. Two young performers strive to put wonder back into the people of Knoxville by performing magic and juggling at any event that can.

 “A lot of times it [magic] puts that childhood wonder back in people that they lose when they get older,” said Dawson Parker, amateur magician. “A lot of the time I’ll perform for the grumpiest of people and it makes their day which makes my day. It puts some fun in their life. That’s why I love doing what I do.”

Parker, a sophomore at Maryville High, was inspired to do magic by a TV documentary he saw one day.

“It was called ‘Make Believe’ a documentary about two magicians and I saw how young they were about 10 or 11 and they were performing amazing miracles,” said Parker. “I thought to myself I wanted to learn too.”


Kip Hunt rides a unicycle given to him by his grandfather, who was also a juggler.
Jessica Carr/ TNJN

All Parker needed was opportunity and one day he met Kip Hunt, an 8th grade student at Maryville Junior High.

“I had just moved into a new house and there was this guy doing magic for my friends and I showed him my juggling,” said Hunt. “Turns out that someone wanted a juggler and a magician for their birthday party and so we did that. We just decided to start a group out of it.”

Kip Hunt and Parker Dawson meet Miss Knoxville at chocolatefest. Jessica Carr/ TNJN

Kip Hunt and Parker Dawson meet Miss Knoxville at chocolatefest.
Jessica Carr/ TNJN

Since Hunt and Parker formed Club Magic, they have performed at birthday parties, as volunteers at chocolatefest and even at a halftime show for the Lady Vols.

“People admire us for something that’s really cool,” said Hunt. “In the future, I hope to just have it as a really cool skill. There are a lot of other things I really want to do, but this is just really fun and I’m good at it.”

Edited by Zach Dennis

About Jessica Carr

Jessica Carr is a Junior at the University of Tennessee. She is currently the Managing Editor and the Arts & Culture Editor for TNJN. She is a staff blogger for UT's Daily Beacon where she cultivates her food blog series, "The Gourmet Undergrad." She spends a significant amount of time on her own independent food blog that has been featured on Urban Spoon. She is also a contributor to In her spare time, she is a photo freelancer for HGTV. In the future she aspires to be the editor of a food magazine. She hopes to inspire others with her articles. With this she firmly feels words can have a great impact on someone’s life. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to write for TNJN and hopes to stick with it for all four years of college. She can somewhat carry a tune although, mostly in the shower. On good days some would say she was quite the bubbly person. If you would like to contact her for any reason you can the following ways: E-mail: Facebook: Twitter: @Jcarr_94

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