SALEM, Ore. — A confederation of tribes in Oregon announced plans Tuesday to build a casino in the state capital, and draw in crowds of gamblers from Portland.The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon said they hope to open the 140,000 square foot entertainment, gaming and hotel facility in 2021 on reservation property on the northern end of Salem, and that they want to partner with other tribes. The Siletz would need approval from the governor for a casino. The initial reaction from Gov. Kate Brown’s office indicated the Siletz will have to hedge its bet by getting the other eight federally recognized tribes in Oregon on board — and some already have casinos or have their own plans. “To date, Gov. Brown has not received any proposal that enjoys comprehensive tribal support,” Bryan Hockaday, Brown’s press secretary, said in an email. “Should Gov. Brown receive such a proposal, the discussion would focus on whether the proposed casino would be in the best interest of the tribes, and of the people of Oregon.”The Siletz said they expect to create 1,500 full-time jobs the first year of operation of the casino, which the tribe wants to build near Interstate 5 on the north side of Salem. They project $185.4 million in gross revenue in the first year of operation.
When he was young, Jay Fredericks used to love watching his dad do a trick with a stick lined with red gemstones.His dad, who was a master hypnotist, would wave his hand over the stones, and all of a sudden, they’d change colors.Fredericks, who lives in Vancouver, would examine the stick for hours, and never found batteries or secret switches that would make the stones change. But it didn’t frustrate him, rather it gave him a lifelong love of magic and visual trickery.“My dad, he could hypnotize an entire party,” Fredericks said. “It was amazing. It instilled in me a love of all those kinds of things — magic and mind control.”But it wasn’t until Fredericks, 50, was in his 30s that he started to try his own hand at it — after watching Israeli illusionist Uri Geller on TV.“It reminded me of all that stuff my dad used to do when I was a boy,” Fredericks said. “So I trained myself.”Usually magicians learn from a mentor, but Fredericks started out by simply reading as much about it as he could, he said. He began with performing tricks for his family, but it wasn’t long before he got picked up for his first professional gigs, and from there his act just grew.“I would perform for businesses, parties, but I also did a lot of free shows for adult foster care groups and places like that,” Fredericks said. “And after a while, I found the local magic clubs, which I was surprised to find in this area.”