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Irwin native will vanish on late-night TV

| Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009

It took a bit of magic for Amber Alberts to make her way onto "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."

The Irwin native plans to disappear after she gets there.

Alberts, 23, a magician's assistant, and magician Jason Hudy, 24, will appear on the CBS show tonight as part of Magic Week.

"I'm really nervous," she says. "It's not just a live audience. A ton of people are going to see it on TV."

They say it was magical how they got their big break.

Alberts and Hudy were working together at Kennywood in 2007, when Ferguson preformed at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg. After seeing a story about how much Ferguson's son loves magic, they sent the comedian a magic kit. They did it with the help of a friend who worked at the theater at the time, Alberts says.

"A few years later he's inviting us to perform on his show," she says.

The trick they'll perform tonight is called OpArt. It's an illusion in which Alberts is placed into a puzzle, and piece by piece her body vanishes. She's then brought back in one piece.

"I'm excited, but I just want to get it over with," she says.

Alberts, a graduate of Penn-Trafford High School, moved to Flint, Mich., last summer to join Hudy's company, Premier Magic Productions. The two perform shows at high schools, theme parks and fairs.

She got hooked on magic while working as a magician's assistant at Kennywood in summer 2005.

Alberts, a dancer since she was 2, had auditioned for a dance performance, she says. Instead, she was hired for a magic act.

"When you're a dancer, you're in the background," Alberts says. "And what I like about being a magician's assistant is they can't do the trick without you, so people get to see you."

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