The Magic of Sterling Dietz

A Sterling Performance

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by Christopher Key

A couple of years ago I was at a school talent show and trying to appreciate a lot of performers who were still a bit rough around the edges. Then this skinny little kid came onstage, started doing magic tricks, and blew everybody out of the building. His name is Sterling Dietz and he’s now a senior at Lynden High School. He’s still a skinny kid, but has gotten a lot better over the past couple of years. Unbelievably better.

He’s also collected a roomful of trophies, including the coveted Lance Burton Award. Dietz is a member of the prestigious Magic Castle, the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, and the Northwest Ring of Fire. If you think all this fame has made him forget his roots, think again. He may be performing in the bright lights of Vegas, but he’s also raised thousands of dollars for Whatcom County charities and established four scholarships for local students with a passion for the performing arts. Not a bad résumé for a 17-year-old. Oh, and he’s also an honor roll student and a nationally ranked chess player.

There’s no doubt that he’s a skillful illusionist, but what makes his productions special is his sensational showmanship. He shares with the audience that the real magic happens when acting, comedy, music and dance combine with prestidigitation. He’s like a dancing David Copperfield with a sense of humor.

I caught his act last Saturday at the Blaine Performing Arts Center where he was raising money to help send some high school students on a trip to the nation’s capital. He captivated the audience for about 90 minutes with the help of some dancers, a lot of energetic music and some mind-boggling illusions.

Of course, every magician has to have a beautiful assistant and in Dietz’s case her name is Jessica. She appears and disappears all over the place, managing a half-dozen costume changes in the process. She gets folded up in a very small box that Dietz pierces with swords. She dances, she levitates, she gets hogtied without ever mussing a hair on her gorgeous head. Let’s hear it for magicians’ assistants.

If you expect card tricks, scarves and magic rings, you won’t be disappointed. Dietz, however, performs them better than any other 17-year-old on the planet. In fact, he performs them better than most of his elders. I’m not going to get into any of the glitzier illusions he performs because you need to see them for yourself.

In fact, I’m not asking, I’m telling you to go see this amazing performer while his prices are still affordable. Check to find out where he’s playing next. You’ll want to tell your grandkids, “I saw him way back when…”