The Magic of Sterling Dietz


Sterling arrived home Sunday after competing at The XXXI World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, representing the U.S. in the Adult International Stage contest. The Seventeen year old Lynden teen performed at the Orleans hotel and casino along with seven other invited magicians from around the world. The next youngest magician in the competition was 29 years of age.

The winner of the Golden Lion Award and $5000.00 in prize money was Ha-Lim An from Korea. The winner of the S.A.R.M.O.T.I. Award and $5000.00 dollar prize money was presented by Siegfried and Roy to Temo Marc of Spain. A large contingency of fans traveled from different parts of the United States to support and cheer Sterling on.
Birch Bay residents, Jerry and Alice O Gorman, along with others, made the flight to Las Vegas “Sterling’s performance brought tears to my eyes” said Jerry O Gorman.  Bellingham snowbirds Jerry and Carol Thompson, and Pepe and Barb Picard drove up from Arizona for the event. “We are so proud of the talent and character of Sterling, his performance was inspiring” said Carol Thompson.
Beside performing and competing, a highlight of the trip was having lunch with Lance Burton and several other top magicians at the Burton mansion in Las Vegas. Sterling was invited, and honored, to sign Lance Burton’s Guillotine on display at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. The sign on the guillotine states, “This guillotine has been signed by famous magicians of the past and present”.

Jeff Mc Bride, recently recognized as Magician of the Year, had this to say about young Sterling. “Sterling always surprises me with his new ideas. He is always creating new effects and pushing his creative limits…Bravo!”

Sterling will be performing a benefit and signing autographs this Saturday at 12 p.m. in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Bike-a-thon at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.