"We wanted to bring in a large act," Dodge City High School Athletic Director Jay Gifford said.

That act will be magician Jim Munroe who will bring MAZE to the 75th anniversary of the Tournament of Champions on Friday at 10 p.m.

The magician will bring the large-scale act to the TOC for the first time.

"We usually have a breakfast with a special guest every year," Gifford said. "But with the 75th anniversary, and the size of the performance, we wanted to doing something bigger and larger."

According to a press release from TOC, Munroe is a leukemia survivor who experienced both a medical and philosophical miracle.

The scientific battle was powerful, but the story was even more amazing, the release said.

Munroe asks his audience, "Given all that we know, could there be something bigger going on behind the scenes of the world that we experience every day?"

MAZE has become one of the most efficient tools of the Be the Match, the National Bone Marrow registry's recruitment vehicle, the press release said.

"We will also be inviting back the all-time TOC players," Gifford said. "The TOC girls will be recognized on Friday and a reception will be held on Saturday.

"We really have to give up to the girls who did a lot of the leg work in tracking these former players down.

"There will also be some commemorative practice balls that will be used as well as the magician that will be for raising cancer awareness.

"We cannot thank our partner G&G Kia in bringing this extra event to the tournament."

First games of the TOC begin at 2 p.m. at United Wireless Arena on Thursday and run through Saturday.

This years teams include Maize, Bishop Miege, Manhattan, Hays, Wichita Heights, Leavenworth and Wichita East as well as Dodge City.

This year will be the 40th appearance of Wichita East making it the highest attended school in the tournament aside from Dodge City.

This will also be the first appearance for Bishop Miege.

Wichita East is one TOC championship win away from tying Dodge City with the most overall at 14.

Leavenworth, Hays, Manhattan and Wichita Heights are all former TOC champions.

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