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2 - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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Do you believe in magic?'
rid, magic tricks has performed at birthday par- 14 other contestants from around
Zdccv sleight of ties, fairs, restaurants and cur- the world to make the finals.
tricks appearing porate events. He doesn't have a Smola said he doesn't have a
tbirthday par- stage name but presents his act favorite trick but loves working
ocounters with with the slogan, "The Artistic with his doves, even though they
cut by the time Magic of Alan Smola." can be challenging and unpre-
freshman Alan Even when he's not onstage, dictable at times. Stylistically,
at marveling at Smola is poised to perform. Smola said he tends to favor more
booking jobs as "I always carry something classical magic tricks as opposed
with me so if anyone bumps into to the work of contemporary art-
ion for magic me and says 'Hey, you're that ists like David Blamne.
-eceived a magic magic guy, show me a trick,' I've A career in magic, while enric-
s. Soon after, he got something to do," he said. ing, is unstable, Smola said, so
at family gath- Smola has his own website he made the decision to pursue a
shired by the to book shows and performs college career in lieu of movingrto
show within a mostly on weekends. He also Las Vegas. Regardless of whether
started a club on campus called magic becomes his livelihood,
ds, an interest Shazaam that performs and Smola said it will always be a part
illusions would does charity magic shows. The of his life.
ase, but Smola's group did its first show last "I would love to do it full
.At 12, he got a semester, raising over $500 for time, but if that doesn't end up
ad transitioned Dance Marathon. working out I'll get a regular
ing disparate Last February, Smola compet- job," Smola said. "But I couldn't
'ing a show of ed at a competition in Las Vegas imagine not doing it."
ther. called "The World Magic Semi- - CAITLIN SCHNEIDER
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L5A freshman Alas Sinsla, a professivnal magician, aways carres
something with him vast in case a fan recoenizes him and asks to see a
trick. Hia act is called "The Artistic Magic of Alan Smola.'

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Baits resident Oxford Res Hall Talk on weight
cited for drugs bulletin board and mortality

WHERE: Yost Ice Arena
WHEN: Sunday at about 5:45
WHAT: A staff person report-
ed seeing a person using a con-
trolled substance, University
Police reported. A warrant was
issued for the student's arrest.
Police are inavestigating the

WHERE: Seeley House, Dxford
Residence Hall
WHEN: Saturday at about 6:1S
WHAT: A residence hsall staff
member reported damage to
a bulletin board, University
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the bulletin board was $25.

WHAT: Eatherine Flegal,
a senior research scientist
anad distinguished consultant
for the National Center for
Health Statistics, will discuss
issues of weight and mortality.
WHO: Institute for Research
on Wonmen and Gender
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to 5:30 p.nm.
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Poetry reading
WHAT: Author Josie
Rearns will read frona her
new book of poems, "The
Theory of Everything."
WHO: Universe Theme
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.ma.
WHERE: Shaman Drum
Tips on law
school survival
WHAT: University Law
School students will share
tips and strategies for suc-
cess mth current under-
graduates looking to go to
law school.
WHO: The Career Center
WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
*WHERE: Kuenzel Room,
Michigan Union
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UnalttendMichigan film
wallt stlen MIPs issued at incentives talk

1Northwest Airlines pas-
sengers have coamplained
about the air carrier -add-
ing peanuts to its snack menu
after the conmpany mverged
with Delta Air Lines, CNN
reported. Passengers with
allergies were upset with the
2The Michigan baseball
team, which has won
the last tharee Big Ten
Championships, was picked
by Baseball America to fin-
ish second in the conference,
behind Indiana.
3Japan's Finsance Minis-
ter Shoichi Nakagawa
resigned yesterday after
allegations that he was drunk
at a Group of Seven press cona-
ference in Rome, The New
York Times reported. Naka-
gawa denies he was drunk.
Earlier, he told lawmakers his
speech was slurred because
he had taken double the pre-
scribed dose of a medicine.

WHERE: Harlan Hatcher
Graduate Library
WHEN: Sunday at about 9:10
WHAT: A University stu-
dent's wallet was stolen after
being left unattenaded at the
Graduate Library, University
Police reported. The wallet
contained assorted identifica-
tion cards.

South Quad
WHERE: South Quadrangle
Residence Hall
WHEN: Saturday at about 1:25
WHAT: Three University stur-
dents were cited for ninor in
possession of alcohol, Univer-
sity Police reported.

WHAT: A panel discus-
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Michigan's film incentive
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WHO: University Library
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