For the last five years a United States teenager has spent up to ten hours every day developing his skills with a basketball.
MV "Megic" Charlie practising with basketball
MV Magis Charlie controlling ball on ground and begins to speak
SV Charlie juggling ball round body with trainer
THIS FILM INCLUDES A COMMENTARY BY REPORTER PAT OGLE. HIS INTERVIEW OF "MAGIC CHARLIE" FOLLOWS.
CHARLIE SPENSER: "I met a man by the name of Stan - and Stan revealed several messages to me to show me how I could be successful by just doing four things which was, practise eight to ten hours a day, say to myself that I can do it, that I can persuade my mind and body to do it and take the basketball everyplace I went. I took it to church even and of all things I become a Christian. My goal like I said is to be the world's greatest ball-banding dribbler. I fell I haven't reached m y peak yet but I'm pretty close to it. Right now I'm with A.I.A., Athletes In Action and I just joined them to start travelling for my basketball shows all over the world."
REPORTER: "Magic Charlie is only 18 years old but he has been practising his opecial art from for the last five years eight to ten hours a day. The first stop for Charlie Spenser outside his home town of Boise, Idaho, was Fresno, California, as he joined the Athletes in Action Campus Crusade for Christ tour. We asked Magic Charlie how he got started at age thirteen."
REPORTER: "The only problem playing catch with Magic Charlie is that you're apt to eat a basketball. For him dribbling and ball-handling has brought self-confidence and happiness and possible world wide fame".
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Background: For the last five years a United States teenager has spent up to ten hours every day developing his skills with a basketball. He takes it everywhere with him - even to church. The result is that Charlie has indeed got "magic" control over a basketball. He can keep it bouncing on the ground with one finger - or under perfect control as he lies on the ground.
Charlie's ambition is to join the would famous basketball team the Harlom Globetrotters and be the greatest dribbler of a basketball in the world.