For Drake Krainbrink’s tenth birthday a magic show was just the way he wanted to celebrate. But he never thought the magical appearance during the act would turn out to be his father, home after almost a year of deployment in Kuwait.
When magician Justin Impossible disappeared behind a curtain, Drake’s father, Benjamin, an active First Sergeant in the Nevada Army Guard Reserve, appeared on stage to greet Drake and his older brother Zachary, 11.
"I was excited to see my kids," Benjamin, 38, said while discussing his return from his third deployment. "If you’ve deployed a few times you don’t know how your kids are going to react, but it was a great reaction."
Krainbrink told ABC News that he had been planning this surprise with his wife and the magician since December. Krainbrink was even home a week before Drake’s birthday party hiding out in a hotel to make sure the surprise was perfect.
"People have made lots of special requests in my shows to have stuffed animals appear for children or a wedding ring appear for a proposal," Justin Impossible said. "But that was the first time making a person like Benjamin appear for his family and that was very special."
Krainbrink and his son have always shared a love for magic tricks, he said, and Drake had his ninth birthday party at Impossible’s magic theater last year. Drake has been taking magic lessons at Impossible’s shop in Reno, Nevada, so Benjamin and his wife Christina knew that it would be a perfect surprise.
Now that the twenty-year veteran is back home, he looks forward to going on vacation with his wife and taking the entire family to Disney World in April.