Street magician Harry Merkin, of Indianapolis, followed his day job as a traveling repair geek to Asheville. Job completed, Merkin found himself with a bit of free time, a few decks of cards, a magic wand and a large bow tie. He is plying his real profession on street corners for a few more days, possibly a week, before heading to points north and east.
Merkin is as good a close-up sleight-of-hand artist as has been seen hereabouts in a long, long time. He’ll repeat tricks, inches from your nose, over and over, and still you can’t see how it’s done. Turning a $20 bill into a $1 bill is astonishing. The flaming quarter will amaze. If you see him on the street, at least stop and thank him for helping to keep Asheville weird!
— Cecil Bothwell, staff writer