Magician captivates young readers
August 4, 2004
By Paul Dickinson
Kids in the Lillooet Library’s summer reading program got a taste
of magic recently.
In conjunction with the B.C. Library Association’s theme this
year, “Books Can Take You Anywhere,” Maple Ridge performer Norden
the Magician stopped in at the REC Centre July 28 to put on a magic
show for the youngsters. Using various props, Norden displayed his
talents and interspersed his routine with information on the
importance of reading.
“Remember, take care of your library books and read every day,”
he told the 13 children present. “You can grow up to be whatever
you want if you read.”
Using magic tricks, Norden switched jam and peanut butter on
two different tables, turned a handkerchief into an egg and
produced a bouquet of flowers out of thin air.
Mike Norden’s magic tricks have been entertaining children at
birthday parties, day care centres, Christmas events and libraries
for years. In each presentation, he says, he tries to present some
form of message to the children.
“I’ve done self-esteem lessons, I’ve taught kids about bullying,”
he notes. “The theme for the summer reading programs is ‘I Love to
Read.’ I tell them that everything I’m doing is straight from books.
What I say between the tricks, that’s the really important part.
“The summer reading programs are great, I do 40 or 50 library
shows this summer,” he adds. “I’m surprised at how big the summer
reading programs are, every library seems to have one.”
Norden tours most of B.C. at different intervals during the year.
“A lot of magicians don’t travel very far,” he says. “We’ve got
lots of magic shows and stores in the Lower Mainland, but a lot of
kids in other areas don’t always get to see these kinds of shows.
I like to travel and meet different people, and practise my tricks.”