http://www.cherokeephoenix.orgCherokee magician Jeramy Neugin burns a piece of paper while his father Bobby Neugin holds it. The fire burns and creates a feather of the mystical Phoenix. The duo makes up Lost City Magic and has been preforming magic shows for nearly six years. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee magician Jeramy Neugin burns a piece of paper while his father Bobby Neugin holds it. The fire burns and creates a feather of the mystical Phoenix. The duo makes up Lost City Magic and has been preforming magic shows for nearly six years. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX

Cherokee magicians hope to teach others their skills

Cherokee magician Jeramy Neugin holds a piece of paper to a candle as part of a trick he performs with his father, Bobby Neugin. The two make up Lost City Magic. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX Cherokee Nation citizen Colten Boston writes his name on a piece of paper while Cherokee magician Jeramy Neugin holds it down. A message is then revealed as part of a magic trick performed by Neugin’s Lost City Magic. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Cherokee magician Jeramy Neugin holds a piece of paper to a candle as part of a trick he performs with his father, Bobby Neugin. The two make up Lost City Magic. STACIE GUTHRIE/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
BY STACIE GUTHRIE
Reporter – @cp_sguthrie
04/07/2014 08:31 AM
LOST CITY, Okla. – Cherokee. Father and son. Magicians. Those are three ways to describe Bobby and Jeramy Neugin, who have been preforming as Lost City Magic for nearly six years.

Bobby, the father, said magic goes all the way back in his family’s lineage to his great, great-grandmother who was one of the last surviving members of the Trail of Tears.

“Rebecca, supposedly, could do some magic. Indian magic,” he said. “My grandfather, he done some. My dad played with it a little bit. It’s always been around.”

Nearly six years ago, Lost City Magic’s first professional show was in front of nearly 1,400 people at an annual picnic of Bobby’s previous employers, ParFab Industries in Inola. Since then, he said, it’s been show after show as they rework old tricks and make them their own as well as create tricks.

Learning magic tricks and illusions take time, he said, and the duo is ever honing its craft.

“Me and Jeramy have been studying for the past six years, constantly,” Bobby said. “When we started we don’t even preform those tricks again. We keep growing and advancing. We just go on and do different tricks. Now, we’re kind of going back and looking at some of the older tricks like that and see if we can take them and re-use them.”

Jeramy said when picking tricks or illusions the rule is if it doesn’t wow the audience then it won’t be used.

Bobby said they do not perform children shows because of the potentially harmful tricks, which include swallowing razorblades, cutting their arms with a knife, putting a fishhook through their cheeks and other acts they do not want children trying to re-enact.

Those types of tricks fit into the Neugin’s main goal of scaring the audience.

“That would be our intent, to scare you. We will scare you. We will make ghosts appear. We will make ghost touch you,” Bobby said.

Their other goals are getting the audience involved and keeping audience members on their toes.

They also do performances where they have the devil communicate with an audience member and present a 30-year-old confession tape of a women describing what an audience member is wearing.

For their less scary tricks they occasionally invite their 8-year-old niece to help them woo the audience. She stands in front of the audience and draws on a white board. Whatever she draws comes to life on the board and speaks with her.

Bobby said they recently started working on a trick that is almost ready to be presented.

“In Cherokee legends, they have shape shifters and they can change into different birds,” he said. “We have a trick, we haven’t preformed it yet, but we have a trick where Jeramy can turn me into whatever and bring me back. We just need a place to preform that. I’ve looked at it. I studied it. A little more magic and it will work.”

The Neugins said one of their dreams is to own a magic school.

“I’d like to have it (magic school) all over the United States, but I think I’ll have to go to those states to teach it because it would be so expensive for students to come to us,” Bobby said.

Jeramy added that he would like to teach Cherokee magic because it is a “part of our culture that’s completely died out.”

Bobby said their magic collection is constantly growing.

“Our library is real extensive on magic because everything that we could find, whether kids magic, what have you, we picked it up, we got it and somebody needs to learn it,” he said.

Their ultimate goal is to own a theater in a city with a big population where they can perform daily.
“I don’t know what this year is going to bring for us,” Bobby said. “I just don’t know where we’ll go.”

For more information, visit http://neugin.vpweb.com, email neugin@yahoo.com or call 918-772-2378 or 918-453-3994.

stacie-guthrie@cherokee.org


918-453-5000 ext. 5903

About the Author
Stacie Guthrie started working at the Cherokee Phoenix in 2013 as an intern. After graduating from Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications she was hired as a reporter.

Stacie not only writes for the Phoenix, but also produces videos and regularly hosts the Cherokee Phoenix radio broadcast.

She found her passion for video production while taking part in broadcast media classes at NSU. It was there she co-created a monthly video segment titled “Northeastern Gaming,” which included video game reviews, video game console reviews and discussions regarding influential video games.

While working at the Phoenix she has learned more about her Cherokee culture, saying she is grateful for the opportunity to work for and with the Cherokee people.

In 2014, Stacie won a NativeAmerican Journalists Association award for a video she created while working as an intern for the Phoenix. She was awarded first place in the “Best News Story-TV” category.

Stacie is a member of NAJA.
stacie-guthrie@cherokee.org • 918-453-5000 ext. 5903
Stacie Guthrie started working at the Cherokee Phoenix in 2013 as an intern. After graduating from Northeastern State University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications she was hired as a reporter. Stacie not only writes for the Phoenix, but also produces videos and regularly hosts the Cherokee Phoenix radio broadcast. She found her passion for video production while taking part in broadcast media classes at NSU. It was there she co-created a monthly video segment titled “Northeastern Gaming,” which included video game reviews, video game console reviews and discussions regarding influential video games. While working at the Phoenix she has learned more about her Cherokee culture, saying she is grateful for the opportunity to work for and with the Cherokee people. In 2014, Stacie won a NativeAmerican Journalists Association award for a video she created while working as an intern for the Phoenix. She was awarded first place in the “Best News Story-TV” category. Stacie is a member of NAJA.

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