Arts & Entertainment

"Martinis and Magic" Benefit for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

August 19, 2014 at 6:55 AM

WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Is the hand quicker than the eye? That is what David Corsaro, Eric DeCamps and Michael Kirschner set out to prove at “Martinis & Magic,” a benefit magic show held on Aug. 8 to raise awareness and funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). This is the second annual “Martinis & Magic” organized by David Corsaro, West Caldwell resident and magician. Corsaro’s four year old son Matthew was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 16 months old.

“My wife and I have worked closely with the JDRF ever since our son was diagnosed and we are always looking for unique ways to raise money and awareness,” Corsaro said. 

Corsaro performs table magic every Sunday at Calandra’s Mediterranean Grill on Route 46 in Fairfield.

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When Calandra’s general manager, Gene Campanaro learned about Corsaro’s son, he offered to donate a conference room and food to help Corsaro and wife Lauren organize the magic show.  In the two years the event has been held, every show has been sold out (two shows per night)  Several of Corsaro’s friends who are professional magicians in the New York and New Jersey area have donated their time and talent to provide the audience with a performance. Due to the success of the show on Aug. 8, the Corsaro’s plan to run it twice per year, with the next show tentatively scheduled for March 2015.

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