October 23, 2010

Cherokee father and son magicians

Magic, native myths merge for duo

By Renee FiteMagic and Cherokee myths merge for a local father and son team as Halloween creeps closer.

Magicians Bobby and Jeramy Neugin, of Hulbert, create new illusions and tricks which combine stories of Cherokee lore with their entertainment.
And:And the pair are the only magicians to combine Cherokee stories with their magic.

“We’re Cherokee. And the only Cherokee magicians. We study our myths and legends to incorporate them,” Jeramy said. “Like the origin of a dream catcher, We use one to pull out dreams or nightmares from audience members. We use colored lights, and the dream catcher turns into a sponge then an arrow.”
And:Several of their illusions come from Cherokee, N.C.-area legends.

“Giant waspers came out of a mountain and ate kids and elderly people, God made lightening strike the mountain so men could get in and burn the waspers,” Bobby said. “We have dirt from the mountain from which we produce live waspers.”
Comment:  "Wasper" is a weird regional term for "wasp."


Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


Green Country Magicians Trying To Revive Ancient Cherokee Magic

Bobby and Jeramy Neugin live in the Lost City area north of Hulbert. They say they are trying to discover and revive some of the ancient Cherokee magic, as well as ticks and illusions from all over the world.

"We're going to show you some of our entertainment magic and some that has some of Native American culture tied to it," Jeramy said.

Rob said...

And more:


Native conjurers

LOST CITY — Cherokee history is fraught with legends and stories, some of which encompass the supernatural.

Cherokee conjurers Bobby and Jeramy Neugin seized on this aspect of their heritage when began learning magic a few years ago.

The pair are the only father-and-son magicians to be inducted into the Society of American Magicians, and never perform the same show twice.

Bobby said their interest in magic originated with their Native American culture, but the idea to develop tricks or gags and perform them for an audience was born 12 years ago while working in the mountains of North Carolina.

“Magic has always been in Cherokee legends. It’s one of the things that we don’t see any more, but they actually had magicians. Every Indian tribe had magicians,” he said. “We’re just trying to keep some of that alive.”