Summer readers treated to magic show at Midland Library

See how much fun kids had during
this “Magic of Reading” show …

Right before their eyes, magician Jay Frasier grows flowers on a bush, as part of his “Reading is Magic” show.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
One of the great programs hosted at Midland Library, designed to keep kids interested in books during the summer months, was the “Magic of Reading” show.

Professional magician Jay Frasier performed simple magic tricks – in a very entertaining manner – to illustrate the benefits of reading.

“I do magical routines that relate to books that kids can check out in the library,” said Frasier after his show. “I try to draw them into books.”

Seven-year-old Sunny laughs so hard he can hardly stand up, while he helps magician Frasier at Midland Library.

Frasier, a professional entertainer of 20 years, told us he’s been interested in magic since he was four years old. His skills showed; kids were doubled over with laughter, and tears of joy streamed from the eyes of parents.

“I love to read. Encouraging kids to read is something I value,” Frasier said. You can learn more about the magician at

What’s happening at Midland Library this week? Be sure to check our Community Calendar.

© 2007 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News Service

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