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There's magic in retirement for Medina couple

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    Magician Bob Moyer, center, demonstrates a card trick to, clockwise from left, David Cathcart, 18, of Medina; Nigel Regan, 14, of Medina; Anthony Chaney, 14, of Liverpool Township,14; and Nick Neitenbach, 14, of Liverpool Township.

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    Bob Moyer shows Lillian Cooper of Medina, 14, a card trick.

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    Medina residents Bob and Norma Moyer pose as "Bob and Baba" in their publicity still. They are enjoying a magical retirement in Medina.

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When most people think of retirement, images of golf courses, line dancing and playing with grandkids might spring to mind.

But Medina resident Norma Moyer’s response to those leisure activities: “Not for me.” She and her husband, Bob, enjoy sharing an offbeat passion — magic.

The pair taught some of their best card tricks to area students last week at the Buckeye branch of the Medina County District Library at an after-school event.

About 20 middle and high school students gathered around as the Moyers shared the secrets of several illusions.

Norma said magic is a great skill for shy kids — or for any introvert, for that matter.

“As an introvert, you can immediately engage people,” she said. “It’s a terrific icebreaker.”

Although she said she’s an introvert herself, that’s not immediately obvious when meeting the energetic 74-year-old.

In fact, the longtime Toastmasters member met Bob, 83, at the international public speaking club’s Medina chapter about five years ago.

A resident of South Court Street for 17 years and a retired secretary, Norma was a widow when she met Bob, a widower. They said neither had any desire to remarry but enjoyed each other’s company from the beginning.

“Neither one of us was looking for another spouse,” she said. “We liked each other, so we just thought we’d hang out.

“But it happens,” she added. “People fall in love when they least expect it, even at our age.”

And once they did, the magic blossomed.

A magician for many years after retiring from Goodyear and Firestone, Bob introduced Norma to his world, and now the two offer shows for family and at corporate events as “Bob and Baba.”

While both have children and grandchildren, Norma said she is one “baba” who doesn’t live for the kids.

“We love our grandchildren, but they’re not our life,” she said.

The two said they thrive on entertaining people of all ages. And while they both showed a clear affinity for young people at the library event, Norma said older individuals also can benefit from magic.

“The secret to handling aging is to expand, to learn new things,” she said. She added that magic is “like another language” and that learning how to speak it expands the mind the same way that foreign words and phrases would.

With their fourth wedding anniversary coming up next month, the Moyers said they intend to continue learning and teaching the language of magic for many years to come.

Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or nmalenic@medina-gazette.com.

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