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Russell Anderson has been a magician/illusionist since 2005.

It’s his career and livelihood.

On Monday morning, he discovered that someone caused his enclosed utility trailer – containing his illusions, backdrops, sound system and other tools of his trade – to disappear.

“It’s so frustrating,” said Anderson, who’s billed as “South Carolina’s Number One Illusionist.”

Anderson said it appears that someone with a dual-wheeled truck entered his Elloree property on the 5400 block of Old Number Six Highway in the early morning hours on Monday and stole his “magic trailer,” as he calls it.

“It has disappeared and I would love for it to magically reappear with all of the illusions in it,” he said.

He’s willing to drive anywhere in the country to pick it up, too, no questions asked.

He called the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office just before 9 a.m. Monday, immediately upon discovering the trailer had vanished.

It contained $20,000 in equipment.

Anderson said his trailer was locked when someone stole it.

The trailer is 26 feet long. It was made by Haulmark in 1987.

Anderson said it was formerly a racecar trailer that he converted to carry his equipment for his magic/illusion shows.

“I need my stuff,” Anderson said.

He’s taking part in the filming of a PBS special on the U.S.S. Yorktown in Charleston on May 22.

He is doubtful that anyone who stole it would know how to use the contents of the trailer.

“At this moment, they’ve stolen my career,” he said. Anderson is missing the equipment needed for illusions such as double levitating and a motorcycle appearance.

“I don’t have employment for my assistant. I don’t have any illusions to put her in,” he said.

Anderson said magicians from around the country have offered to loan him illusions to get him through this troubled time, but he has to give those illusions back to fellow magicians.

He’s hoping that whoever took the trailer with his livelihood will give back his career by returning what they stole.

Anderson said that if someone can provide information leading to the recovery of the trailer and its contents, they may be eligible for a reward.

To report information about the theft of Anderson’s trailer and his equipment, call the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office dispatch at 803-534-3550 or call Anderson directly at 803-387-9451 or by emailing him at 1russellanderson@gmail.com. Anonymous tips can be provided.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter: @MRBrownTandD

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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