Don't go see Dick Steiner perform
At least, not if you are the type of
person who likes to understand why things happen. The Shipley's Choice
resident, named best magician in Baltimore in 1996 by a regional magazine, will
do things that you won't think are possible.
After experiencing him reading your
mind and performing amazing card tricks, your emotions will run the gamut from
awe to bewilderment to frustration and back again to awe as you wonder how it
He'll have you open
a book and think of a word and then tell you what word you're thinking of.
He'll have you pick a card from a deck and then coax you into choosing the exact
same card from a different deck.
Mr. Steiner will do
all these astounding tricks, but he won't let on about how it's done.
Of course, a
magician never tells his secrets.
"I never get tired of
the expression on people's faces. That's what it's all about - the wonder
and the bewilderment."
Mr. Steiner has been bewildering
people all over the country since he retired from the Army in 1989. It was
then that he picked up magic full-time.
"I just decided to give it a
try and it has worked out really well," he said. "I'm at a point
now where it's all word of mouth. That's how it goes. It just keeps
He performs mostly at corporate
functions or events, never for children. Not that his magic isn't
wholesome, it's just that the tricks are often complex and sophisticated.
You won't see Mr. Steiner pulling rabbits from a hat.
"He's a very interesting
guy," said Peggy Wall, president of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County
Conference and Visitors Bureau. "What's unique about his magic is
that he applies it to a business environment and can tailor it to the group he's
working with. He takes a craft and sort of gives it a new spin."
Mr. Steiner has different routines
for different venues. When he performed at a recent Major League
Baseball All-Star Game he did baseball-related tricks, for instance.
Just last Christmas he worked
magic for Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, at a party they threw
for the Secret Service agents who protect them.
"I've got to tell you, I
never have felt safer in my whole life," he joked.
He has also performed locally,
for organizations such as the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and for
Loews Annapolis Hotel.
But he won't even hint about
how the tricks are executed.
"I never make a
disclaimer," Mr. Steiner said. "I never say that I have a
special power, I never say that I'm going to do a trick. I just do my
Performing magic gives Mr.
Steiner great satisfaction, he said. It's an art that he thinks can be
done into very old age.
"I don't think a magician
ever loses interest," he said. "I know I won't."