Dressed in a tuxedo with an
orange tie and cummerbund with the Orioles logo, magician Dick Steiner heads off
to entertain corporate clients in the sky boxes of Camden Yards.
love for America's national pastime with his own skills, this Millersville
resident has transformed himself from a 21-year Army Signal Corps officer into a
magical entertainer with a following around the major leagues. "Orioles
Magic" is frequently a key part of his act.
"I love doing close-up
magic and never get tired of people's expressions when the magic happens right
in their hands," says Steiner, who markets himself with his own baseball
Steiner, often demonstrating sleight-of-hand tricks against a pad mocked up
like a baseball diamond, has performed his magic at three Oriole Opening Days
and two All-Star games, and has been asked to appear at All-Star celebrations
for the next three years.
At a suite party on the night Cal Ripken tied Lou Gehrig’s record, Steiner converted cards with
Gehrig's photos into cards with numbers "2-1-3-O."
"Dick has performed at a lot
of our events, "says Julie Wagner, community
relations director for the Orioles. "He works crowds well and
people really enjoy his act."
But Steiner's magical act goes beyond the
world of baseball to include international circles. Already,
has entertained twice at the White House and at the Australian embassy, and at
events attended by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, members of congress and such
celebrities as Shirley MacLaine, Tom Selleck and Hugh Downs.
growing list of impressive clientele, Steiner especially likes to entertain
ballplayers. After Steiner worked his magic for the Minnesota Twins, first
baseman Kent Hrbek later wrote Steiner that the Twins "all agreed that
your magic was the best we'd ever seen close up."
Three to four
times per week, Steiner demonstrates his magic and mentalism (acts involving
mental skills such as mind reading) at
retreats, private parties and sales meetings.
According to Barbara
former president of the Baltimore-based Entertainment Consultants, "Steiner's
baseball niche is very clever, but I think his mentalist act really astounds
In one of his mentalism feats,
he sends a letter to an event organizer a week or two before performing at the
event. The letter remains unopened until the performance, when the organizer
discovers that Steiner accurately predicted the days headlines.
West Point graduate and student of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, says he developed
his stage presence in the Army. After meeting two magicians who rekindled his
childhood love of magic, Steiner learned as much as he could. Upon retirement
as a lieutenant colonel in 1989, he decided to make his next career out of
Caryn Sagal is a
contributing writer for Maryland Magazine