The Seattle Times 


Friday, January 12, 1996 

"The Issaquah home of Jacob Hargrave, right, is transformed into a magic set as he and Joshua Roberts practice their craft."


Issaquah Duo: It's Magic

Two names to conjure with: Hargrave and Roberts

By Steve Johnston

ISSAQUAH - In the world of magic, there's Seigfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, and, maybe some day, Hargrave and Roberts. There not household names now, but Jacob Hargrave and Joshua Roberts, two 18-teen-year-old Issaquah High School alumni, say their goal is to make a name and a living doing magic. Not just pull-a-rabbit out of a hat stuff, but magic that makes audiences ask, "How did they do that?" when Hargrave sticks a flaming torch through his partners head.

Hargrave got a magic set for Christmas when he was 5; Roberts got one when he was 7. Each did simple tricks, liked the results and started taking magic a little more seriously.

When not until the two met in a ninth grade math class did they realize their mutual interest in conjuring would lead to people who would pay them. Their first pay day brought $20 for doing magic at a birthday party.

"We were amazed," Roberts said. There not amazed anymore. The young men have used their talents to earn money for school, as well as class credits for teaching magic to other students. Roberts is now a Freshman at the University of Washington, and Hargrave works in a bakery, but they're known around Issaquah for their tricks.

"When kids see Jacob, they start shouting, 'There's the Magic Man! There's the Magic Man!'" said Hargraves mother Carol, who not only encouraged her son's talents, but put up with cages full of doves and rabbits.

Both young men say they were shy as youngsters, but magic brings out their showman personalities. On stage, Hargrave is the more formal magician, while Roberts plays for laughs. "All the tricks we do have been done before," Hargrave said. "The trick is in the presentation."

They have favorites. In one, audience members bind them tightly with rope. They slip out in minutes, to the strains of the "William Tell Overture." Another crowd favorite involves a $20 dollar bill signed by the owner. The money is then placed under a cloth, and its owner is handed a grapefruit and a knife. When the grapefruit is sliced open the $20 dollar bill is inside.

How did they do that?

Hargrave and Roberts reply: "It's magic."


Copyright 1996 The Seattle Times - reprinted with permission.