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The audience was dazzled as the magician popped a balloon and his white dove appeared out of thin air. A normal day at work for Magic Rob was a miracle to watch for awe-struck children July 18 at the Evergreen Library.
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The library welcomed Magic Rob to perform a show as part of its Summer Challenge.
Magic Rob, who prefers to go by his stage name, found his love for magic in first grade. He actually got his start in magic at his school library by talking to the librarian.
“I asked where the magic books were,” he said.
As he got older, he read bigger magic books his library had to offer. At age 13, he performed his first magic show in front of an audience of 65 people.
Now, he wants to share his love for magic and libraries with children. During his show, he made sure to point out that the library had lots of magic books on display for the audience to check out.
Magic Rob has been performing at Jefferson County libraries all summer and has been drawing crowds, according to library staff.
Roscoe Privett, 7, was part of the amazed audience at the library on Monday. After the show, he had a magic book in hand to check out.
“[I want to] learn some magic tricks,” he said
Roscoe hoped to learn the dove trick, which was his favorite from the show, and planned to practice on his mom and sister.
Magic Rob has been a full-time magician for 20 years. This summer has been one of his busiest ever. While some magicians have the goal of fooling their audience, Magic Rob has a different approach.
“It's about entertaining and surprising,” he said. “It's more fun to laugh and have a good time.”
This event, dubbed “Dive into Magic with Magic Rob,” counted for 25 points toward the Summer Challenge at Jeffco Libraries. According to library staff, there are 25,000 challenge participants, and all together participants have logged 20 million points so far. When the challenge logs 25 million points, Jeffco libraries will donate $500 to Jeffco Eats.
The Summer Challenge ends July 31, and more information about events, cashing in points and prizes can be found at jeffcolibrary.org/summer-challenge.
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