“There is a time in everyone’s life when they want to be a magician. Giving substance and form to that sense of wonder has always been at the core of my creative life.” - - Daryl Hurst
Daryl Hurst is an Ann Arbor “townie” and a 1975 honors graduate in Speech Communication from the University of Michigan. He married his high school sweetheart, Kay D’Addona, in 1974. Their daughter Angelina is also a graduate of the U-M; she went on to serve in the Peace Corps, and now resides with her family in the DC area.
Following his magic and balloon careers, Hurst became a full-time administrator for Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and taught part-time at the local community college. Daryl and his wife, Kay, continue to engage in Ann Arbor life and enjoy traveling throughout Michigan and the rest of the country. Hurst also pursued his passion for historical research and writing, authoring several articles published in the Ann Arbor Observer.
Daryl Hurst was active in the last quarter of the 20th Century making his mark as the Ann Arbor Summer Playground Magician over a span of 18 seasons. He also operated a series of storefronts in Northwest Ann Arbor named The Magic Shoppe, Party Pizazz, and finally IncrediBalloons. Hurst shared his knowledge of the magical arts through community education programs and private lessons. While he performed hundreds of shows locally, Hurst also toured the country as the ‘Stroh’s Signature Magician.’
Hurst went on to become a Certified Balloon Artist, providing gift arrangements and special event décor for area events. He was also the designer of the 10,000 maize and blue balloon drop for the 1997 National Football Championship Celebration in U-M’s Crisler Arena celebration.
“Becoming that personality allowed me to live my dreams and relish the rich chaos of a madcap world. Creating my persona was how I matured as a performer, but my journey to embrace the creative life also reflects a universal quest for significance and stability. I look back at those times of magic and wonder without regret.” From the Preface to Once Upon a Magic Show, The Real-Life Tale of a Hometown Magician.
Read Daryl's first blog post from July 31, 2015.
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