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Sorcerer’s Apprentice Scores Big

Pre-Teen Wins at Mission Oaks

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 8/21/2014

Dale Orzo, Pepe Puglisi, David Wright, Miles Tresser, John Iacono, Great Scott, and Joe Chez
Twelve-year-old Placerville magician Miles Tresser (center) took Stage Magician of the Year title at the Mission Oaks Community Center last week. Master Magician Dale Orzo (left) kept contestants in hand as results were announced. From left, the magicians were: Pepe Puglisi, David Wright, Miles Tresser, John Iacono, Great Scott and Joe Chez.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Prestidigitators recently vied for the prestigious Stage Magician of the Year title at the Mission Oaks Community Center, Carmichael. An annual tradition, the contest is run by the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

A panel of entertainment industry judges chose Miles Tresser for the 2014 title. The 12-year-old Placerville performer wowed his audience with a magical smile, junior-size tuxedo, and slick card routines. Competing against adult professionals, Tresser became the youngest S.A.M. member to take the prize. His passion began at six, when he mastered simple tricks purchased from Sacramento magic stores.

“Miles is a super achiever,” beamed his father, Alan Tresser. “He’s a champion swimmer and wrestler. He does well at school and also likes to play the saxophone and sing. He did his first magic contest—competing with adults—when he was seven. He’s fearless about competing.”

Tresser’s win at Mission Oaks was augmented by a People’s Choice audience vote. “It’s great to see a young fellow studying so hard to improve his skills,” said S.A.M. President Dale Lorzo. “With his talent, Miles could take magic to new heights.” Second place in the contest went to Pepe Puglisi; David Wright took third prize.

The prizewinners have the opportunity to join a cast of pro-magicians in the annual Mysteries of Magic show on October 11th. This event is a tribute to Harry Houdini, who died in October 1926. At the time, the legendary escape artist was national S.A.M. president. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Mission Oaks Community Center. Before curtain up, strolling magicians will entertain the audience. A fundraiser, the event splits proceeds between the S.A.M and Mission Oaks Community Center programs. Admission is $5. For information, call S.A.M. President Dale Lorzo at (916) 481-2595 or visit

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