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Penn State profiles database manager and alumnus who moonlights as a magician


By day, Ben Salinas is an IT specialist for a grant website that helps provide nutrition education for food stamp recipients. By night, Salinas moonlights as a magician at Pennsylvania restaurants. Penn State newspaper The Daily Collegian recently profiled his magical exploits, and even edited together a neat little video, which you can watch above.

When Salinas went to Penn State in 1996, he helped form the Penn State Performing Magicians, a group that would help fellow students practice their craft. He even got the attention of a few of the local faculty members, including the then-President of Penn State. Now, he’s faculty adviser of the same club, and has since gone on to perform magic in and around Pennsylvania for a variety of local and national celebrities. He even created his own line of DVDs, which you can pick up on his website.

Salinas continues to perform, even years removed from college and despite having a steady tech gig. “It’s a thrill. I feel a rush when I get on stage in front of 300 people,” Salinas told the paper. “You have this talent that people love to see, how awesome is that?”