Joe Rainboth, Marcus, has been reelected for the second year as President of the Sioux City Magic Club, an organization founded in 1941. He became interested in magic at the age of 4, when he watched David Copperfield for the first time. Rainboth's first public performance came in 1996 when he did a show for Story Time at the Marcus Library.
In 1997, Rainboth began to perform outside the Marcus area and his fee for his performances was $35. He appeared at elementary schools, nursing homes and for some private family Christmas parties. In 1997, he also joined the Sioux City Magic Club, and as one of four performing magicians, when the others couldn't accept a date, they referred their client to Rainboth. The club had 15 members, but only four performed.
He was able to learn from the other members since most of them were older and more experienced than he was. He also enjoyed sharing his interest with others for the first time. During his second year with the Sioux City Magic Club, his reputation grew and he presented a half-hour program 12 times that year. Also that summer, he performed for the first time at the Marcus Fair, a ritual he has kept every year since. He also did more small birthday parties, women's groups such as the Catholic Guild as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts parent's night. Rainboth performed at church clubs and for private company parties such as Pine Grove Farms and Western Mutual's Shareholders meeting.
During his thirty minute show, he performs rope magic, card tricks, mind reading and uses humor and a lot of audience participation. He has done 25 shows yearly since, for both adult groups as well as children's groups.
Rainboth is a senior at Marcus-Meridan-Cleghorn where he participates in cross country, is a hurdler on the track team, the vice president of the student council, a member of the student leadership team, participates in speech and drama, and excels in the classroom as a member of the National Honor Society with a grade-point average of 3.8. He really enjoys his involvement in his youth group at Grace United Methodist Church.
Following graduation, he plans to attend a four-year college at either Iowa State, UNI or USD and study communication or public relations.
Magic will be a part-time earning opportunity for him at college.