A Tribute to Doc’s Magic Shop

August 19, 2019

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When our children learn that the seemingly impossible is actually more possible than we imagine, just think of all the change our world could see! Teaching children to put the power of possibility into their own hands is vital in raising up a generation of dreamers and doers.

Magic teaches us that imagination is just as important as intelligence, that a sense of wonder should be protected, that if you can dream it is possible, then it is. Roald Dahl once said, “Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” But, at The Island, we believe in it, and we’ve found it. With the help of a very special man named Doc.

Kids and adults performing outside Doc's Magic Shop

Magicians have entertained audiences for centuries, and we’ve been lucky enough to call one of the kindest and most talented of entertainers our friend and a member of our Island family. For the last six years, Doc Waddell could be found roaming around our property putting smiles on guests’ faces of all ages. Whether he was wowing someone with a card trick in the magic shop or creating laughter on Market Street, Doc never failed to bring joy to the overall experience of visiting The Island.

Doc and his wife, Susie, started the magic business in 1971 and made a wonderful life if it. As some of you may have heard, Susie Waddell passed away in April of this year, and Doc has decided to retire “Doc Waddell” with her. He has enjoyed his years at The Island and will miss all of the wonderful people that he met and entertained. He would like to thank everyone at The Island for this amazing opportunity and all the joy given to him and his family. You can still visit Doc’s other location at 631 Parkway in Gatlinburg.