SouthCoast resident and famed Illusionist Lyn Dillies hopes to make voting a magical experience for young people. Dillies performed an amazing illusion in 2008, using magic to bring the symbols of both major political parties, an elephant and donkey, together on the same stage.

That performance led to Dillies creating a non-partisan program for school children entitled "Your Vote Is Magic," combining magic with details on the history of voting, including the struggle faced by women and other minorities in obtaining the right to vote.

Dillies was scheduled to hold assemblies in many school districts this fall but revealed this week on Townsquare Sunday that all the programs were canceled because of COVID-19.  Dillies, however, was determined to get her message out.

She created a 49-minute video, highlighting her magic and the history of voting rights. The video is available through her website

She's also started an essay contest for high school seniors. After viewing the video, they can write an essay called "What Voting Means To Me" and submit it to her website. The winner receives a $500 Calvin Dillies Scholarship in memory of her father.

Lyn Dillies' Townsquare Sunday interview can be heard here:

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