Magic will be in the air Friday, May 5, in Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road, Pickerington.
That's when a lineup of talented magicians will take center stage for a free performance to help raise funds and awareness for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.
The "Magic with a Message" show will feature five different acts, including mentalist Jerry Templeton and magicians Magic Nate, Phil Hoffman and Joe Teeters and Danielle Gulden in a duo performance.
Also among the performers will be Pickerington High School North student Jake Lundgren, who is combining his love of magic and scouting with a mission to help make Crohn's and Colitis Disease "disappear."
Lundgren, a junior at North, is putting on the show as part of his Eagle Scout project as a member of Pickerington Troop 256.
"I wanted to do something that really meant something to me, leading me to combine my love of magic with the idea of supporting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation," he said.
Lundgren developed a love for magic five years ago after watching magician Carroll Baker at a local restaurant.
"I soon picked up some books from the library and continued to learn," Lundgren said, adding he also received support from the Columbus-area magician community.
Honing his craft with appearances at area restaurants, schools and the Pickerington Public Library, Lundgren was ultimately recognized as one of the "Stars of Tomorrow" at the Society of American Magicians national convention.
While magic is an important part of his life, Lundgren's love for his 14 year-old brother Josh, who was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 7, tops everything.
"Our family is incredibly lucky, after Josh's initial diagnosis, the doctors were able to find medicine that could help Josh be an awesome kid," Lundgren said.
He decided to start his own fundraiser for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation after performing magic at several of the organization's events.
"Hopefully if this show goes well, I would like to make it an annual thing," Lundgren said.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.
Lundgren said 1.6 million American adults and children are affected by the disease. He said he wants to make a difference in lowering those numbers.
His father, Doug Lundgren, has fully supported Jake's passion for magic as long as his son understands his priorities.
"I used to do magic years ago. I think (Jake) found some of my magic tricks five or six years ago," Doug Lundgren said.
"Now Jake is doing school, Scouts, band and magic."
Jake said he doesn't know what his career plans are, but magic will play a role.
"I most certainly will continue with magic in my adult life," he said.
And like any magicians worth their salt, the tricks of the trade are top secret.
"I like to combine comedy with magic, and while I will not reveal what I will be doing for the show, I can say it is a feat not many will attempt," Jake said.