By JIM LANGHAM
PAYNE – The podium at the front of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Payne said it all – “Magic is just an illusion.”
Payne resident Tim Mabis originally utilized various visual aid tools to communicate gospel stories to a children’s Sunday School class. Then he was asked to teach an adult class. In time, the concept of “Christian magic” became a part of his illustrative repertoire.
The idea of “magic” is no stranger to Mabis’ family. His uncle, Ron Mabis, who, like Tim, is from Payne, has been a professional magician his entire life, doing shows in front of large audiences nationwide.