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Tuesday, October 21, 2008


NEW HAVEN — Local magicians have teamed up with the New Haven Free Public Library to provide free magic shows in a run-up to Halloween, the spookiest time of the year.
The family-oriented series is held in several libraries throughout the city at 4 p.m. It starts Saturday and ends Oct. 30.
Begun by the Society of American Magicians, Magic Week promotes magic and also marks the anniversary of the death of SAM founder, Harry Houdini. Houdini, regarded as the world’s greatest escape artist, who died on Halloween 1926.
The magicians orchestrating New Haven’s magic week are members of the local "ring" of the International Brotherhood of Magicians ( IBM members meet at one of Connecticut’s only magic shops, the Mystical Magic Company on Campbell Avenue in West Haven.
The schedule is:
- Magic Dan and Snowball the Rabbit: 1 p.m. Saturday at Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand St., off Ferry Street. Call Betsy Goldberg at 946-8115.
- The Magic of Jeff Horton: 4 p.m. Monday at Wilson Library, 303 Washington Ave., off Daggett Street, near Howard Avenue. Call Aisha or Melissa at 946-2228.
- Recycling is Magic with Cyril the Sorcerer: The story of monsters, magic and too much trash, 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Library, 37 Harrison St., off Whalley Avenue. Call Sharon Lovett at 946-8117.
- The Amazing Andy: 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Stetson Library 200 Dixwell Ave., near C-Town, off Webster. Call Diane Pettaway at 946-8119.
- Escape from the Goblins with Cyril the Sorcerer: A tale of a young boy who makes a daring escape from a goblin dungeon with the help of a very magical friend is told at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at New Haven Free Public Library Main Branch Children’s Room, 133 Elm St., off Temple Street. Call Xia Feng (sha-feng) or John Jessen at 946-8129.
Information on Magic Week New Haven is available at


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