Medellin, Colombia (CNN)Andy Stein shifts on the balls of his feet, leans against a wooden railing, and fidgets.
In front of him, a CNN camera-man readjusts the light stand. Behind him, a group of children calls out from a distance, “Tio Mago.”
Stein turns. “They’re calling me ‘Uncle Magician,'” he says with a gleam. “We really do need to hurry. I have to do the magic show before we leave. I promised them.”
The interview ends a few minutes later, and Stein, 52, bounds up the brick steps of the Senderos de Paz, a home for Colombian children ranging from ages 3 to 10, with the same youthful energy as the dozens of tiny audience members, awaiting the show.
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Stein’s magic tricks are rudimentary and well-worn. Nevertheless, they still delight. The children crowd to the front, eager to see how they’re done.
“Magic is a tool,” says Stein. “It’s a way to make the children feel like they have the ability to do anything in the world.”