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Merlin Award: Talent is no illusion

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Morgan Strebler
SIKESTON -- For years Sikeston native and mentalist Morgan Strebler has stretched the minds of his audience members through his illusions and most recently with his metal bending magic.

Now his talent has earned him a 2011 Merlin Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed by The International Magicians Society. The announcement was made this month by Tony Hassini, world president, chairman and CEO of IMS.

"Every magician strives to win it, and I was elated," Strebler said about receiving the news.

In the magic industry, the Merlin Award is what the Oscar is to the movies, the Emmy to television and the Tony to theater. Previous Merlin Award winners include: Harry Blackstone, Doug Henning, David Copperfield, Penn & Teller, Siegfried & Roy and Criss Angel.

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