Magician surprises homeless veteran after ripping up sign
Rob Anderson walked up to Alan McKracken, a homeless veteran and starts to rip up his sign, which reads, "Anything helps." Sounds like a jerk move, but in the end, it was really an act of kindness.
MCKRACKEN: "Are you one of those street magicians and are going to turn that into a wad of money?"
ANDERSON: "Really? Seriously? Because I actually have a wad of money."
MCKRACKEN: "How did you do that?"
The veteran's name is Alan McKracken, and Anderson says he's known to make people smile. But Anderson didn't just surprise him with a wad of cash.
He also made a GoFundMe page for the veteran, and it's already raised more than $25,000 in seven days.
Anderson's act of kindness brought him not only attention but also an influx of messages from people asking him to help with their charities.
He posted on his Facebook page, "I am being inundated with charity requests right now. ... Please understand that sharing on this page would not do much good, as I have fewer than 1,000 followers here."
He has more followers than that now, and the number might continue to grow. Well-known magicians can gather quite the following. Take David Blaine, who has more than 350,000 followers, or Chriss Angel, who has almost 5 million.
And this recent trick has definitely put Anderson in the spotlight.
He posted on Instagram saying he was was "blown away" when he found out his name was trending on Facebook.
And his video was also was featured on the "Today" show's "What's Trending Today" segment.
On Thursday, Anderson updated the GoFundMe page with a note saying the Department of Veterans Affairs has given McKracken temporary assistance to help him get off the streets, and he's optimistic about his job search.