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Magic Man returns

Todd McKinney acts up at Ennis Public Library Thursday
Laughing and squealing was nonstop yesterday as Todd McKinney returned to perform his high-energy, fast paced magic show at the Ennis Public Library‘s Summer Reading program, called “Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008.”
Although McKinney’s show is a repeat from last summer’s hit appearance, the children weren’t any less enthusiastic. Book-themed activities kept the performance educational, but McKinney’s feigned angst and rubber-faced expressions were the key to making it fun for his young audience.
McKinney’s tricks weren’t just about wowing the kids –– they contained moral lessons that also hinged on the importance of reading.
“That is the great thing about opening up a book, the story is just so fantastic,” McKinney said following one of his “ta-da” moments.
McKinney even changed the usual “abracadabra” and “hocus pocus” magic words into “Happy Birthday Books” in celebration of 50 years of summer reading programs at the library.
Following the advice of his mother, McKinney said he learned all his magic tricks from books he purchased or borrowed from the library.
“I did almost 700 shows last year and it was all because I read a book,” McKinney said.
“I travel all around the U.S. because I went to the library.”
McKinney is from Waco and said he was inspired to take up his craft by a man who dressed as a chicken and performed in a Waco restaurant.
He became interested in magic at the age of 10 and said he performed his first show at 12 years old.
“It’s in my blood,” said McKinney. “This is my living.”
Door prizes were given following McKinney’s performance.
Prior to McKinney’s program, the children listened to a reading of “The Princess and the Pizza” by Mary Jane and Herm Auch.
Tuesday’s program will feature a dairy program at 10 a.m. and Chad Wester and a Sock Hop at 2 p.m.

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