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[OCT. 26, 2004]  Chester-East Lincoln School will host Jon Gallagher's "Magical Just Say No Show" on Monday, Nov. 1, at 9:30 a.m. Gallagher, a nationally known magician from Elmwood, will present magic shows that encourage students to make the right decisions and to say "no" to drugs, alcohol, tobacco and strangers. The show is geared for students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

"The D.A.R.E. program starts in most schools in the fifth grade," explained Gallagher. "But a lot of times, students have already been exposed to drugs or alcohol or cigarettes by that time. My goal is to reach the student as early as possible and to stress that they shouldn't try these things, not even one time."

Every day, 1,000 people die due to a smoking-related disease. Another 70 are killed by drunk drivers. And more than 1,200 people die each day due to drug abuse. That means that every single day nearly as many people die from preventable causes as died in the World Trade Center attacks.

Gallagher, a former high school English teacher, designed the "Magical Just Say No Show" and has been presenting it to elementary schools across the Midwest for the last three years. "The show is meant to be both entertaining and educational," he said. "The kids have a lot of fun during the show but at the same time receive a very powerful message that they'll carry with them long after the show is over."

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Included in this year's show is a segment in which Gallagher will take the principal or one of the teachers from the school and either saw them in half with an electric saw or put their arm in a miniature guillotine. "The illusion will demonstrate the dangers children take when they make the wrong choice with drugs," he explained.

Gallagher is a nationally known magician who has been performing magic for the past 30 years. He is known for both his stage presentations as well as his close-up work in restaurants. In September 2002, he appeared in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Invitational Close Up Convention. He holds several offices in both the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.

For more information on the show, contact Gallagher at (309) 742-3216 or jon@jongallagher.com or the school contact, Jodi Hartman, at (217) 732-4136.

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