Lost City, Oklahoma. — Bobby and Jeramy Neugin, a father and son professional magic duo have performed throughout Oklahoma since making their debut two years ago. Located in Historic Lost City Oklahoma, They are the only Father and son professional magic act as well as being the only Cherokee performers. Having learned the Cherokee lore they use growing up in Lost City while tracing their family tree one day, they discovered they weren’t the only members of their family with a love of magic. They learned they had various Cherokee practitioners of different types of magic including fortune tellers and rainmakers going all the way back to their ancestor Rebecca Neugin, the last surviving member of the Trail of Tears, who was known to dabble in magic and speak to helpful spirits known to the Cherokee as ‘the little people’. After retiring from police work, Bobby Neugin had several professions, including plumber, blacksmith, buggy-builder and artist. He’s been pleased with the response he and his son get from the wide variety of groups they perform for. “We just like to perform something unique and different that people have never seen,” he said. “Part of the magic is that we can do some of those up close.”
Bobby said it takes constant practice to maintain the quality of their tricks.
“There are some tricks I’ve worked on all my life that are just now getting smooth,” he said. “We practice every night.”
“It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that we decided to go into magic as a full-time profession,” Jeramy said. “We decided that in order to make us stand out even more, we were going to do tricks that no other magicians perform. We decided we were going to incorporate as many of our Indian legends as possible into the magic.” Known to perform dangerous illusions live, previous audiences have seen them describe Cherokee legends that involve bursts of fire followed by live swarms of red wasps emerging from the palms of their hands, Jeramy cutting his father Bobby’s arm, with live scorpions crawling from the wound, five foot black snakes hatching from hollow eggs, drawings of snakes becoming alive and crawling from the page at their command, smashing their hands on cups hiding deadly spikes, swallowing needles and razor blades, pulling dreams and nightmares from audience members heads while they hold a dream catcher, and their signature trick, Bobby setting his son Jeramy’s head on fire, burning him to a skull, and restoring him to life. Besides performing close-up, stage, and street magic they are also the only magicians in Oklahoma to weave Cherokee legends with magic. Because they are constantly growing and expanding their knowledge, they rarely perform the same show twice for any given audience. Their next show will be Dec. 3rd, at 5 p.m. ,back in their hometown of Hulbert Oklahoma, performing a free show for kids and families at the Hulbert Senior Center, courtesy of the Hulbert Business association.