Magic show to raise funds for Close-Up trip

Published on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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Magic show to raise funds for Close-Up trip

By Jack Kintner

Local teenager and world teen champion of magic, Sterling Dietz will be performing the evenings of March 14 and 15 at 7 p.m. at the Blaine performing arts center.

The Close Up Foundation plans to raise funds through ticket sales and sponsorship of this two-night event to send 14 students along with advisors from the Blaine school district and community to Washington, D.C.

Over the past 18 years Blaine high school has sent over 440 students to Washington, D.C. in a hands on approach to civic education.

The Close Up Foundation is both non-profit and non-partisan. It has no affiliation with any branch of government, political party, or special interest groups.

The foundation encourages responsible participation in the democratic process through educational programs and publications in government and citizenship. More information on the Close Up Foundation can be found on the website at

Blaine high school teacher and Close Up Foundation coordinator Dave Fakkema states “We are so excited to have Sterling perform at the PAC; the consensus of anyone who has seen him perform is that you won’t want to miss this Whatcom County talent’s full show.”

Sixteen-year-old Sterling Dietz was recently presented the Magician of the Year award by IBM Ring president Telemus, of the Seattle Ring of International Brotherhood of Magicians.

In addition, Sterling has been selected to represent the United States in the Adult International Stage Competition at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas in April. He is the first teen to represent the U.S.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door or to guarantee tickets, contact Teri Price at 360/961-2542.

For more information about Sterling visit his web site at