MYRTLE BEACH (WBTW) - Magic has been a part of 12-year-old Elizabeth Scalf's life forever, but it's not like she's busting out card tricks on her friends at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach all of the time.
No, her stage show is where she really shines.
"It makes me feel good," Scalf said of her act, where she's known as Lizzy C. "It also makes me proud of myself because I'm actually doing it."
Scalf began performing with her cousin when she was seven years old, and for the past two and a half years, she's performed solo. Her act is mainly a series of rope and scarf tricks. But she's working on the card tricks, she said.
"You just have to learn the tricks," she said. "Some tricks, you do have to learn the basics, and then, for other tricks, it's harder, so you have to learn new stuff."
Earlier this spring, Scalf earned a scholarship from Siegfried and Roy to attend Jeff McBride's Magic Mystery School in Las Vegas. She was the youngest performer in the class.
"They didn't treat me like I was a kid, most of the time," said Scalf. "They acted like I was one of them, so it was really good."
She said the group got to see several big-time Vegas magic shows, and even learned about ways to market their business as performers online and through other promotions.
Her next performances will be at this weekend's Socastee Heritage Festival at the Socastee Swing Bridge and this summer, she'll be a paid youth performer at an international magician's conference in Washington, D.C. Scalf is a member of both the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
"People are actually enjoying what I'm doing and working so hard for," she said.