How Morgan Lost Her Magic
NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2005
(CBS) On "Survivor: Guatemala" the Yaxha tribe made its first trip to tribal council. And in the end, Morgan McDevitt, a former magician's assistant, disappeared from the tribe.
"For me, it was all about avoiding Tribal Council," McDevitt tells The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen. "For me, it was all about preparing mentally and physically while we were at camp and getting ready for the challenges. I didn't feel the need to just like run around and just find something to do at camp. And then exhaust myself for the challenges.
Unfortunately, her tribe did not appreciate her strategy. She was just seen as the one having her hair braided, just seated by the lake. McDevitt, who had been a blonde on the reality show, surprised the anchors by appearing with brown hair.
"We were all getting our hair braided, and we all were drinking water," McDevitt says. "I think maybe in comparison to Lydia I was lazy. But I think I just had a completely different work ethic than everyone else."
Lydia Morales' head also was on the chopping block, but the 42-year-old fishmonger had not only done well at the challenges, she had figured a way to win her tribe's heart: their stomachs. The decision was unanimous, only McDevitt didn't see her "Survivor" death looming.
"I was doing really, really well in challenges," McDevitt say. "Our tribe was just so close to each other and we were so honest with each other about everything. I had promised Brianna that I wouldn't vote for her. I was very honest about that. Lydia knew I was voting for her. It just completely went over my head. Nobody told me 'You're being lazy and you need to step up and do this.'"
The one McDevitt says should have gotten the boot is Brianna Varela.
(%#"I think that Brianna was really weak at challenges," she explains. "I think that she might have been the weakest link as far as that goes. Lydia is a workhorse. I'm not going to deny her of that. I mean, she never, never stopped working. But I think that I was still stronger in challenges than her."
Even after the initial 11-mile race, one that did the men of Nakum in, McDevitt says she felt fine.
"I was never physically defeated," she says. "It was more like a 15-mile hike after we got lost. It was grueling. That's where I kind of got a chance to know myself physically. I do have a lot of endurance. I did pretty well on that hike."
Asked how her trade helped her in the game, McDevitt says, "I would say as a magician's assistant, I had to do a lot physical stuff." Unfortunately, she could do very little to win the immunity challenge. Nakum's tribe was able to count on Judd Sergeant's strength.
"There is nothing that a 102-pound girl can do compared to 200-plus. That competition was just sheer body mass," she says.http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/09/23/earlyshow/series/survivor/main880338.shtml
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