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Magic Marc brings show to Splash
Snakes, birds, tricks thrill kids at Boro water park
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Magic Marc, left, holds a cock-a-too for children to pet Wednesday at Splash in the Boro. Mark Dunston stars in The Magic Marc Show every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on WTOC in Savannah. He taped his show Wednesday at Splash and also entertained park goers. - photo by NAOMI BRYANT/staff

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    Tropical birds, white rabbits and huge snakes aren’t typically allowed to visit Splash in the Boro. But for Magic Marc, waterpark officials made an exception.
    The show, which included animals, tricks and a lot of audience participation, was filmed as part of The Magic Marc Show, which airs Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m. on WTOC. Whether the thought of being on a TV show made them nervous or excited, the live performance of Marc Dunston – Magic Marc – was exceedingly popular among the waterpark’s younger visitors.
    “I like it because he does a lot of cool things,” said 9-year-old Liliana Ramirez, “He includes the kids and animals.”
    Ariel Wallace, a 6-year-old who watches Magic Marc every Saturday, said that she was glad to see the show in person because “he does really good magic”.
    But magic was only part of the performance. Education and entertainment went hand-in-hand throughout Dunston’s show as children participated in games and sang songs that encouraged them to stay safe and have fun outside.
    “I’m stressing the importance of having a safe and fun summer,” Dunston said, “I want kids to continue reading and to get outside. I love the outdoors and I think it’s important for kids to get away from the TV.”
    Dunston said Splash in the Boro’s family atmosphere provided the perfect setting for his show.
    “The lighting is perfect, the weather is perfect, and people are having fun,” he said.
    “Plus, everyone here stresses safety,” he said, gesturing to several of the waterpark’s lifeguards.
    This is Dunston’s second visit to Splash in the Boro. After his performance for the waterpark’s opening in 2004, officials were eager for a repeat.
    “We decided to bring in Marc because he’s always a big pull. He’s a great showman, and he does a great job promoting water safety,” said Broni Gainous, the marketing coordinator for Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department.
    Gainous said that Dunston’s show helped the waterpark emphasize safe swimming and promote personal fitness, two of its goals.
    While Magic Marc's show might not have taught children how to care for a boa constrictor or make a bandana disappear in mid-air, it did teach them how to play safe. And that's a lesson that everyone, including Magic Marc and Splash in the Boro, agrees is worth learning.
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