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Spring Mills boy carries on tricks of magician grandfather

Spring Mills boy carries on tricks of magician grandfather

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Haiden Watson has found something that most people take years to discover — something he is passionate about.

And for 10-year-old Haiden of Spring Mills, W.Va., that is magic. 

Haiden will join veteran magicians Saturday, Nov. 25, on the stage of the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg, for the annual Holiday Abracadabra Matinee. Also performing are Magical Michael T; Max Mixell; Noah Scahill; the Magic of David Wayne; and BOB-Just Bob. Emcee for the evening Uncle Bean. Musical guests are McKenzie Melatt and TonyM, Barbie Buttons, and Susie the Clown will be there for face painting, and Joe Santoro and Wonderment Puppets will also bring some friends.

Haiden said he was introduced to magic by his grandfather, Steve Watson, who had dabbled as a magician and is part of the West Virginia Wizards 1 Fellowship of Family Entertainers, the same group of fellow magicians that is sponsoring the event. 

A fifth-grader at Potomak Intermediate School in Martinsburg, Haiden said Watson taught him some tricks to perform during a talent show at school.

“When I did it for the talent show, I started liking it,” he said, noting that he performed the squared circle magic trick. 

After his grandfather introduced Haiden to Michael T, a veteran magician, the younger magician was hooked.

When he’s onstage, Haiden said he is having fun.

“I love when I’m doing my trick and I make people laugh,” he said. “That’s what I love to do.”

Steve, who said he’s “sort of retired from magic,” said he’s proud of his grandson.

“It’s great,” he said. “He really seems to take an interest in it. (And he is) helping to carry on the art of magic. Most people don’t consider magic an art, but it is.”  

Haiden said he’s out doing magic, “anytime there’s a show I can get into.”

Haiden said he this is the second year for him performing in the Holiday Abracadabra Matinee. Last year, he said, he was able to perform onstage. 

“I was really nervous at first, but I started getting used to it,” he said. “Everyone was also really nice to me.”

And, it seems, it started to get a fanbase.

“I loved it when a kid came up and asked me for my autograph,” he said. “That made my day.”

One thing his grandfather told him about magic, Haiden said, is “practice makes perfect, smile and have fun.”

Haiden said he likes to practice his magic every day after he finishes his homework. 

“I loved to do the squared circle because it’s a trick I know,” he said. “I’ve tried to do card tricks, but I failed. I’m not good at card tricks.”

Haiden said he has dreams of one day becoming a professional magician or a YouTuber. 

But when he’s on stage, Haiden said he wants the audience to feel “happy” when he’s performing his magic onstage.

“And for the little kids, I want them to be inspired, and I also hope that know that magic is real,” he said. 

Haiden said what his goal for this year’s show is simple.

“I want to get two people to ask me for autographs,” he said with a laugh. 

If you go ...

WHAT: Annual Holiday Abracadabra Matinee
WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25
WHERE: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.
COST: $5 in advance $8 at the door 
CONTACT: Email Michael T at or call 304-279-2858

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