Magic tricks, motivation take focus at Laurel Hill School (GALLERY)

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From left, fourth-graders Dryden Triplett and Hayley Steele assist motivational speaker and entertainer Scott Humston with a card trick on Tuesday night at Laurel Hill School.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 06:30 PM.

LAUREL HILL — More than 60 parents and 200 children on Tuesday night welcomed motivational speaker and entertainer Scott Humston to Laurel Hill School’s auditorium.

He shared stories of courage in telling the truth and overcoming personal obstacles. The Grand Island, Fla., native was born with a cleft palate, a deformity in which a split forms in the roof of the mouth. He overcame the obstacle to perform about 300 shows annually for crowds of hundreds.

Tuesday, Humston introduced north county residents to his puppet "Justin Beaver." At one point, the crowd participated in "Scott Says," Humston's version of the game "Simon Says." Additionally, several students from the crowd helped the entertainer perform magic tricks and optical illusions.

"I liked the part where he made the snow (confetti)," Haley Wington, 6, said.

Three fathers volunteered on stage to play with invisible yo-yos and make humorous hand gestures to the crowd’s amusement.

One of them, Martin Triplett, was glad he brought his family to the event.

"I think it was a really great time for the entire family," he said.

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