He has performed at the White House, on the Mediterranean and now in Carlsbad. World famous magician David Hira of Dallas, Texas stunned a captured audience at New Mexico State University-Carlsbad Thursday evening with his bold levitation acts and slight-of-hand tricks.

Hira won the first season of the TV show "Star Search" at age 11 and began performing on cruise ships shortly after. The Japanese-Dutch American has continued to wow audiences in the 40 years since.

"As a magician, I do what people say is impossible everyday," Hira said.

And he certainly did just that at Thursday's show. He had the audience laughing, gasping and wondering as he replicated Houdini's famous rope trick, made a bowling ball appear out of a picture and found a $100 bill in a freshly cut lemon.

One of his funniest memories as a magician, Hira said, is when he gave the illusion of turning a woman into a tiger at a corporate event, and the 1,200 pound Bengal had a serious bowel dysfunction on stage.

"It was a gush, and the stench hit the people like you were throwing rocks at them," Hira said. It's memories like those and the time he ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the private White House kitchen with the first family during the first Bush administration that keep Hira's career interesting-aside from the crazy stunts he performs every day of his life. Hira did 417 magic shows in 2012 in 17 states and five countries, he said. "It (magic) has just carried me to places and let me experience countries and people.

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And Hira said he is in love with people. During the Jan. 24 show, he not only used his time to entertain, but to encourage, much like he said his own parents had done with him.

"I remind people that they do the impossible every day as well. Just to be alive is impossible-for your brain, eyes and everything to work at the same time. We're all miracles," Hira said.
David Hira found a $100 bill in a lemon that his volunteer Rico had selected.processed by IntelliTune on 25012013   150145with script 11*New
David Hira found a $100 bill in a lemon that his volunteer Rico had selected. processed by IntelliTune on 25012013 150145 with script 11*New 50-50-shadow-SUB (Natalie Gross)


At the beginning of this trick, Rico (right) gave David Hira a $100 bill. Through a series of events, Hira found the money buried in a lemon. The audience
At the beginning of this trick, Rico (right) gave David Hira a $100 bill. Through a series of events, Hira found the money buried in a lemon. The audience was stunned. processed by IntelliTune on 25012013 150140 with script 11*New 50-50-shadow-SUB (Natalie Gross)