|Saturday, September 06, 2014|
|The making of a teen magician|
By Tony Gonzalez|
David Torres is in the business of leaving people speechless.
most days in a brightly colored tie and vest, the teenager confounds
anyone who will watch with his growing repertoire of magic tricks,
puppetry, juggling and one particularly animated eyebrow.
learning to be as quick with a joke as he is with a deck of playing
cards, which he pulls from one of a seemingly infinite number of hidden
pockets. Where he finds his quick wit — that's harder to say.
Torres, just 14 years old, seems to have unlocked these elusive talents
thanks to an intriguing combination: inspiration from his parents,
nurturing from leaders in his neighborhood and the happy coincidence
that his family ended up in Nashville.
Where all of this energy
ends up taking him is anyone's guess. It has the potential to lead to
scholarships at some point, and that could be crucial to his future.
because Torres faces a path filled with obstacles. He falls into the
category of a "dreamer," a child born elsewhere but brought to America
by undocumented parents early in life. For the moment he is a
beneficiary of the Obama administration's "deferred action" policy,
which protects young people like him from deportation, but the national
immigration debate remains unsettled.
Because he does not have
citizenship, Torres can't qualify for federal financial aid, making
scholarships that much more important.
But as he walks the halls of school each week, that's not what drives him to put on a show.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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