Gloucester magician uses talent for charities
Pescador will be performing a few of his tricks at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at Newington Baptist Church’s Valentine Dinner fundraiser, which is being held to raise money for the church’s Honduras Mission Team to travel to Honduras to help orphans.
A New York native, now a Gloucester resident, Pescador has been a professional magician for 40 years, working mostly part-time as he held down a job as a safety officer for the Department of Sanitation in New York City. But for 11 years he was a full-time, self-employed magician, supporting his family solely on income from his business.
He had an 11-person crew, 32 doves, a rabbit, and a parrot, and he performed in nightclubs, hotels and cruise ships, crossing the U.S. and traveling to other countries, sometimes as part of a troupe, living out of a suitcase.
He even performed on television, off-Broadway, and on Broadway, where he would play a minor character in a street scene or perform in the lobby at intermission or act as a consultant for magical effects.
Now, Pescador’s magic is all volunteer.