Surfside 6th Grader conjures up magic scholarship

A girl from Surfside Beach has discovered the magic of hard work and dedication to her craft.

Her expertise in the art of sleight of hand won her a chance to hone her skills with the best in the magic business.

Elizabeth Scalf looks like any other student when she's in class at the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach.

But take her out of the classroom and she magically transforms into Lizzy C, master of prestidigitation.

Lizzy is so good at her magic abilities, she recently earned a one week Siegfried and Roy legacy scholarship to attend Jeff McBride's Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas, where she was one of only two girls and, at 12 years old, the youngest student by far.

"The next youngest person there was actually 19 years old, so there was a big difference," Lizzy said.

Lizzy got started doing magic in second grade, when she wanted to be in a talent show at school. She asked her grandfather, a professional magician, to teach her a few illusions.

"I liked it a lot, so I decided to keep on going," she said.

Proud grandpa Ed Hagins says Lizzy could go far in the magic trade, if she chooses.

"The professional magicians give her great scores, especially at her age," said Hagins.

But since she's only in the sixth grade, it's a little early to think about becoming the next David Copperfield.

"We've made a point of talking with her that this is not a time in her life to make that kind of decision," he said.

Whether or not she ever goes pro, Lizzy says she'll always keep doing magic at least as a hobby.

In the meantime, she'll work on honing an act for birthday parties and look forward to the day when all her effort will start to pay off.

"My first paying gig is this summer at a magic convention in Washington, DC," she said.

Hagins and her mom, a teacher at the Christian Academy, say Lizzy is learning skills that will help in life, regardless of what she decides to do for a living.

What Lizzy likes to do right now is entertain.

"Just being able to make people ask me, 'How did you do that?' "