Michelle Parker, 7, helps magician John Kingry perform a magic trick at Chuckatuck Library Thursday. Kingry performed dozens of tricks for a large crowd of children and parents.
Michelle Parker, 7, helps magician John Kingry perform a magic trick at Chuckatuck Library Thursday. Kingry performed dozens of tricks for a large crowd of children and parents.

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A magical lesson

Published 8:44pm Thursday, June 27, 2013

Magician John Kingry has quite a few items in his bag of tricks. Far too many to count, he says.

“I’ve got a garage full of large illusions,” Kingry said at Chuckatuck Library Thursday, after putting on a show for dozens of kids and parents.

“I probably own more levitations than anyone else in the state of Virginia.”

Despite roadwork out front making getting to it more challenging, Kingry’s magic show drew what librarian Chinell Sanders said was a good turnout.

“The kids were great,” she said. “Every year we try to do programs for our patrons here, but we do it on a smaller scale … since we don’t have the space.”

Kingry went through numerous routines, including pulling silver coins from a boys’ nostrils, making a cloth bag change color by ringing a bell, and turning ping-pong balls into baseballs and an ace of spades into a king of hearts.

In one particularly popular trick, he had members of the audience stare into a spinning wheel featuring a black and white spiral for 30 seconds.

At the end of the 30 seconds, his head look surprisingly larger. When he repeated the routine with the spiral spinning in the opposite direction, his head shrank back to normal size.

Kingry explained many of his tricks, including one in which the number of dots on an oversize domino changed as he turned it over and over again — with his hands placed very strategically.

“Do you guys know what this is called?” he asked.

“What?” the children replied.

“Lying.”

That got more laughs from the adults.

Michelle Parker, 7, said it was her first time being selected as a magician’s assistant. “It was really fun just to experience the magic,” she said.

A magician for “probably 35 years,” Kingry said he learned his trade from library books and “hanging around a magic shop” in Norfolk.

Chuckatuck Library has three more special events lined up for the summer holidays, all at 11 a.m.: the Virginia Living Museum July 11; another magician, Paul Krendl, July 18; and C-Shells, a music act, July 25.

More information on summer events at Suffolk’s public libraries can be found at www.suffolk.lib.va.us/summer-reading-programs.

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