The award-winning illusionist has been entertaining Silverwood park goers for years.
ATHOL, Idaho — When park-goers in Silverwood get their fill of rides and slides, magician Nick Norton keeps them going with a Vegas-style magic show.
Norton’s show, “Phantasm,” includes more than bunnies and hats. Alongside his wife Amanda and co-magician Isaiah Daniels, the award-winning illusionist works with a technical team to make each show a unique experience for the audience.
The show has entertained Silverwood guests for years.
“Phantasm started when we wanted to do something different from the traditional magic show where it’s just a gimmick, gimmick, gimmick to make it pure and smoke and then, you know, go all the way to the end,” Norton said. “We wanted to tell a story with it.”
Influenced by the work of David Copperfield, Norton worked as a technician at Silverwood in the 1990s before becoming a magician on a challenge in 2000. He has since been perfecting his act.
Co-magician Isaiah Daniels leads the show on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. A former Norton apprentice, Daniels came to Silverwood when he was just 14 years old. Now, he’s reached the point where he hosts shows on his own.
“It’s still a work in progress,” Norton said. “We have two new illusions that we are trying [that] we always try to implement in the show.”
Even after countless years of entertaining audiences and adding new illusions to “Phantasm”, Nick and Amanda Norton are still thrilled with what they do for a living, especially after noticing the effect it has on their children.
“My favorite thing is to get the same reaction from the four-year-old in the family as from the mother and father or uncles,” Amanda Norton said. “Actually, they’ll light up. It’s the family business at this point. You couldn’t make it more magical than that.”
“Our kids will probably pick up the slack,” Nick Norton said. “We’re not trying to force it on them. I want to support whatever they want to do on their own. We don’t want to be like stage parents. But, don’t get me wrong, what they wanted to learn , we are happy to teach them. It is the best job in the world.
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