Growing up in a military family, the constant moving gave this young bookworm a broad imagination. But still, with two Army officers as parents, if a situation wasn’t logical, it just didn’t make sense. I guess that is why magicians didn’t fascinate me until I was older.

When my godson Tyler celebrated his first birthday two years ago, his mother Debbie gave him a blowout birthday party. Bounce house, three-tier cake, clowns, even an outdoor dance floor with a DJ. I have to admit, I was a little jealous of Tyler as the party went on. Then when things were getting even more outrageous for a 1-year-old’s party, Debbie surprised her son and his guests with ... yep, a magic show. Three magicians. Yes, she hired three.

One of those guys was Todd McKinney, one of the few Christian gospel magicians performing across the country. His show was pretty awesome and made me a believer of the world of magic.

“MoMo, Ty Ty like him.” Tyler said to me as the show finished, and yes, MoMo agreed.

It’s a shame people think they have to go to a kids’ birthday party, or even Las Vegas, to see a live magic show. But thanks to the Cove library staff, patrons of all ages can enjoy The Magic and Fun Show presented by McKinney at 2 p.m. Thursday at the library.

“We try to bring many different events during our Summer Reading Program to not only give the kids and teens something to do but for the parents to join in as well,” Library Director Kevin Marsh said.

For more information on this event and other activities during the Summer Reading Program, call the library at 254-547-3826 or stop by at 501 S. Main St., Copperas Cove.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​

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