Digital Original: 79-year-old magician volunteers time to help bring smiles to Central Arkansans

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SHERIDAN, Ark. – One man has a mission to help spread joy and create smiles for locals in central Arkansas – all through the power of magic.

Melvin Brown, 79, or better known as his stage name ‘Jamel The Magician’ has been doing magic for more than 50 years.

“I’ve always been fascinated,” says Brown. “When I was in elementary school we had a magician — BoBo the Magician, who came to our school and did magic and I was just fascinated.”

Brown has turned his love for magic into a side hobby where he travels to different restaurants performing for patrons and he does this for free.

“I just love magic and meeting people,” Brown says.

He decided to volunteer his time because making people smile is important to him, he says.

“A smile is money enough,” Brown adds. “If its good for a customer – if I can do something that makes them smile, makes their enjoyment more enjoyable, then I’ve done my job.”

Every day of the week, aside from Tuesday, Brown performs magic in various locations.

In addition to magic tricks he also creates balloon figures. However, he admits he is still learning.

“I can make a ladybug, dinosaur and a sword,” he says. “Seeing the kids smile and their parents faces is important – especially in today’s time.”

Brown currently resides in Poyen, Arkansas with his wife.

In 2016 he completed his life goal of performing a magic show in all 50 states.

You can catch ‘Jamel the Magician’ at the following venues:

Monday: Wright’s Ranch House
109 Rock St, Sheridan, AR

Tuesday:

Wednesday: Wood Grill Buffet
1916 Congo Rd, Benton, AR

Thursday: Whippet Restaurant
9011 US-270, Prattsville, AR

Friday: Wright’s Ranch House
109 Rock St, Sheridan, AR

Saturday and Sunday: Downtown Hot Springs (weather permitting)

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