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MagicMasters to perform here Thursday

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By Jesef Williams

Those high-flying basketball dunks and fancy passes you see on TV are coming to Lancaster as part of a high-energy exhibition promised to thrill all in attendance.

The Harlem MagicMasters, who provide in-game entertainment similar to the Harlem Globetrotters, will be at Lancaster High School on Thursday to play against a team of community members. A halftime show will feature the local Tumble-N-Roll Elite All-Stars.

The game will begin at 7 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

Advance tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens and $8 for others. If you buy tickets at the door, they will cost $8 for students and seniors and $10 for others.

The game is being sponsored by the Lancaster Fatherhood Project, a group that assists low-income families with various services.

Fatherhood Project Director Tyrom Faulkner said he was moved to bring the MagicMasters back to Lancaster after their performance in town a few years ago.

Erick Crawford, the Fatherhood Project’s board chairman, said Thursday’s game should be enjoyable for the entire family – from young to old.

“We want it to bring unity,” Crawford said about the event. “Relax and take your mind off what’s going on and enjoy each other.”

The MagicMasters, based in New York City, formed in 2003. They travel the country and abroad, using basketball to entertain and teach positive messages.

The team’s rosters feature people who have played college and professional ball.

MagicMasters’ shows are packed with stylish passes, fancy dribbling routines and above-the-rim finishes – all done to the beat of contemporary music.

Crawford said many tickets for Thursday’s game have been sold, as he thinks a lot of locals remember how they were amazed when the team visited before.

“They (the MagicMasters) feel like this time they will be capitalizing on the last game,” Crawford said. “They’re known now. They’re very excited about coming back.”

For details about the game, call Crawford at 287-9055 or Faulkner at 289-9042.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152