In front of him, a CNN camera-man readjusts the light stand. Behind him, a group of children calls out from a distance, “Tio Mago.”
Stein turns. “They’re calling me ‘Uncle Magician,'” he says with a gleam. “We really do need to hurry. I have to do the magic show before we leave. I promised them.”
The interview ends a few minutes later, and Stein, 52, bounds up the brick steps of the Senderos de Paz, a home for Colombian children ranging from ages 3 to 10, with the same youthful energy as the dozens of tiny audience members, awaiting the show.
For Stein, it was a long trip to reach Senderos. And not just in terms of airline miles.
Perched above a little village, with picturesque views overlooking downtown Medellin, this is about as far away as you can get from the hustle surrounding the midtown Manhattan office where Stein once worked.
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