Visiting from Missouri, Alexander Godbey concentrated on the shop window before him, trying again and again to make something happen.
After a fifth circular wave, the electronic wizardry in the 9-year-old’s wand triggered a small chest of drawers in the window to open, rearrange its contents and close.
“Excellent technique,” intoned a Universal Studios Hollywood employee as another wand-waving visitor stepped up to try the incantation.
On the way to an April 7 opening, the Los Angeles-area version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is going through dress rehearsals using random groups of park visitors. Already, the merchandising magic is grabbing center stage.