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Enthusiasm undampened by rain, crowd enjoys a magic night at the Levitt

Published 7:24 am, Thursday, August 28, 2014

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  • Magician Lyn Dillies and her assistant dazzled the crowd at the Levitt Pavilion on Wednesday with an array of tricks and illusions ... before the rain fell. Photo: Jarret Liotta / Westport News
    Magician Lyn Dillies and her assistant dazzled the crowd at the Levitt Pavilion on Wednesday with an array of tricks and illusions ... before the rain fell. Photo: Jarret Liotta

 

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If only she could have made the rain disappear.

The magic of Lyn Dillies, however, wasn't that powerful, as part of her show at the Levitt Pavilion was dampened by a downpour Wednesday evening.

While turnout at the presentation was smaller than anticipated since it was a "school night," hundreds of children and parents enjoyed one of the Levitt's ticketed fundraising events, which included some pre-show performers, face painters and an art area set up by show sponsors Melissa & Doug.

"This is like an extra-special event, so we can raise some funds for operating," said Freda Welsh, the Levitt executive director.

"Lyn is a great favorite here," she said. "She's been here at least 10 times."

"I love the atmosphere," said Dillies, who hails from Westport, Mass. "I love the crowd. It's just a really special place and I can't tell you how thrilled and honored I am to be here this year at the new Levitt."

"I think they did an amazing job," Marie McHugh of Westport, who attended the show with her children, said of the recently refurbished pavilion and grounds. "It looks very airy and modern. The whole environment looks very clean and spacious. It's a big upgrade."

"The new pavilion is, I think, gorgeous," said Judy Lanyi of Westport. "We don't know if it's a butterfly or a sail, but we love it."

Dillies, who has been performing magic professionally for more than 25 years, said it still is a pleasure to do a show for families.

"They just believe in the wonder of it," she said of her younger fans. "And really, for adults, we really have that magic in our hearts.

"You never really want to grow up and lose it," she said.