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Sculptor to try his hand at cards

Cornelius monumental sculptor Jon Hair is about to gain national attention for a totally new skill: his adeptness with a deck of cards.

Hair said he will be in Los Angeles Sept. 8-15 for filming of Season 2 of “The Best Damn Poker Show,” which aired nationally last year on Fox Sports. The new season begins on Oct. 27.

Hair said he was first in line for auditions in Las Vegas over the July 4 weekend.

Show producers were much more enthralled with his sculptures and his ties to the Hollywood set than how he plays poker, Hair said. Of the 15 questions he fielded, two were about his card playing, he said.

Hair produced an oversized brochure for his audition showcasing some of his many monumental sculptures for universities and the Olympics; he is an official sculptor of the U.S. Olympic Team. He has done busts of such actors as Jim Carey and Dick Van Dyke.

His most recent work was the 12-foot-tall “Lucky 8” sculpture that permanently graced Beijing International Sculpture Park in time for this summer's games. A replica is on the lawn of Cornelius Town Hall. Maybe he should rub it a few times before flying to L.A.