Magic Show Sends Message about Bullying to Students
Stuttley, Henry, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Henry Stuttley Daily Herald Staff Writer
Even with a serious topic on the table, students at Wesley School in Addison found a way to laugh at the expense of school secretary Melba Calit.
As Calit lay sprawled across two metal chairs, magician Bob Bohm grabbed a metal saw during an anti-bullying assembly.
"We're going to do the saw-the-woman-in-half trick," Bohm said as the roughly 300 students and teachers wailed throughout the gymnasium.
Calit quickly rose with a look of trepidation before the magician pretended to actually use the saw.
But the interactive show titled "Friends First," which included high-energy stunts, was a trick to alert students to the lessons of bullying.
No silly rabbits or top hats were used in this show - just students and teachers onstage in various skits.
In one scene, Bohm was the bully, fourth-grader Thomas Baughman pretended to be the victim and another student watched as the bystander.
Bohm intimidated Thomas by snatching his homework, then ripping it to shreds. He then continued to insult him. The bystander stood there and did nothing while the students cackled the whole time. …