and Jeffrey Kendall.
Correctional officer makes television magic
RALEIGH – On May 25, magician and illusionist Ernest Lee Brown was featured on Carolina Calling, UNC-TV’s variety show featuring hometown, homegrown talent. A correctional officer at Western Youth Institution, Brown wowed the audience by making his assistant disappear, piercing her with swords and transforming an ordinary scarf into a white dove.
Brown was one of approximately 500 acts that applied to appear on Carolina Calling. He was one of 75 acts selected to participate in a talent show that chose only 34 acts to appear on the television show.
Brown became interested in magic after seeing a boardwalk magician perform in Hollywood, Calif. After learning a few of the magician’s tricks, Brown was hooked. Since that time, he has been the featured performer at various comedy clubs and has made several television appearances.
McCain area operator competes on “cruel and unusual” team
SEDALIA, VA – Darrel Cockman, an area operator at McCain Hospital, won first place in the Odyssey One-Day Adventure Race April 20-21. Cockman partnered with fellow Robbins residents William McDuffie and Mike Garner to form Team Cruel and Unusual.
The Odyssey One-Day Adventure Race is an 85-mile adventure that must be completed in 24 hours to qualify as an official finish. The race includes an 18-mile hike with packs, followed by a 30-mile bicycle ride, 12-miles of whitewater paddling, 5 miles of map plotting and orienteering and a ropes course. The final competition is a 20-mile bicycle race to the finish. Team Cruel and Unusual finished the race in 20 hours and 28 minutes.
Cockman and his crew trained for the race for about three months. They use the Odyssey Adventure Race to train for their primary sport, which is canoe racing.
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