Magic comes to Mattapoisett

Aug 18, 2023

MATTAPOISETT — Mattapoisett resident Cam Kelleher had a “surreal” experience at Old Hammondtown School during the Magic of Lyn Illusionist Show on Friday, Aug. 18.

Illusionist Lyn Dillies pulled him on stage and introduced him to one of her “toys,” a guillotine that chopped clean through a carrot.

“I just love this thing, I can make a salad for a whole audience in just two minutes,” said Dillies.

Thirty-two-year-old Kelleher, a former student at Old Hammondtown School, was directed to kneel down, and put his head in the guillotine “as snug as a bug in a rug,” said Dillies.

After Kelleher said his last words, Dillies counted down from three and drove the blade down. Magically, Kelleher’s head was still attached to his neck — a successful illusion.

“I really didn’t want to be called up, it was kind of a nightmare scenario for me,” joked Kelleher, who got to keep a piece of chopped carrot as a souvenir. “You kind of just have to give in and wait for it to be over.”

But he took it like a champ even though he was “more worried about stage fright” than losing his head, he said. “It was great, I’m really glad we came.”

Dillies, an acclaimed Westport-based illusionist, performed at Old Hammondtown School in Mattapoisett during an event hosted by the Mattapoisett Council on Aging.

This show was the first intergenerational community event “of this size” for the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, said Council on Aging Executive Director Jacqueline Seney.

“The Council on Aging and the senior center is not just for seniors or people over the age of 60, it’s for everybody including family,” said Seney. “Family members, you might have to help someone in your life — please let us know — we have all kinds of resources … and all kinds of other information.”

And the audience was full of people of all different ages — seniors, young adults and kids, like seven-year-old Rose Morse who Dillies brought on stage and “levitated” on a board.

The show closed with a trick titled “Metamorphosis” that was made famous by Henry Houdini in which Dillies switched positions with her assistant TJ, who was bound and locked inside a box.

The night was “magical,” said Kelleher.