Harry Houdini, perhaps America’s most celebrated magician, died on October 31, 1926. Soon thereafter, members of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) began commemorating his memory with a celebration of the art of magic. Over the years these celebrations and performances took on a volunteer aspect, with performers offering free programs for schools and charitable organizations. The overall effort eventually became recognized officially as National Magic Week, which is observed the last seven days of October each year.
As part of the promotion of National Magic Week 2010, I presented two magic-enhanced reading presentations at Compton Elementary School in Cobb County, Georgia. I read and performed in Ms. Haskins’ and Ms. Morgan’s classes; as it happens, Ms. Haskins was a classmate of mine way back in grade school and high school in Brandon, Mississippi! Liz Murphy, the principal of the school, saw me speak at a business luncheon earlier this year and asked me to be part of the Compton “Day of Hope” program, in which community leaders come to school to read to and interact with the students. Little did she know that Ms. Haskins had connected with me via Facebook and had already arranged for me to be present! The day went off wonderfully, and if you click on the photo at right, you can visit the school’s web site to find out more.
Last week I also appeared CBS Atlanta‘s program Better Mornings Atlanta, where I performed for both a broadcast spot and a web extra. In both segments, I interacted with host Brandon Rudat. In my last few appearances on this show, I have had the opportunity to appear with all the hosts, and now I really look forward to appearances there. You can view the clips – both the broadcast and the web extra segments – below.