Gloucester magician uses talent for charities

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Feb 05, 2014 - 01:52 PM
Photo: Gloucester resident Joe Pescador uses his decades of experience as a professional magician to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. This Saturday, he will entertain diners during a fundraiser at Newington Baptist Church for the church’s Honduras Mission Team.

Gloucester resident Joe Pescador uses his decades of experience as a professional magician to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. This Saturday, he will entertain diners during a fundraiser at Newington Baptist Church for the church’s Honduras Mission Team.

Joe Pescador does magic. He makes balls float in the air, produces silks, and can make a pen disappear. He can tear up a newspaper, restore it to its original appearance, and produce a dove from it or make a deck of cards shrink and disappear. He can even make it snow indoors. His puppet “Chunky Monkey” sometimes performs with him, revealing an audience member’s chosen card or helping in other ways.
 
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.