“We were looking for the finale to be something different other than the parties we normally do,” said Bernie Sarver, librarian at the Acadia Parish Library.
The library came across a brochure for Rob Rue Productions and a magic show with Rue and his assistant, Bobbi.
Rue, who grew up in Crowley, performed shows in Midland, Church Point, Iota, Rayne and Crowley.
A nice size crowd enjoyed the show that was held at the Crowley Adult Education meeting room (old Wal-Mart building) at 10 a.m. Wednesday for an hour-long show. Rue was also joined on stage several times throughout the show by children from the audience.
“I’m happy with the turnout, especially on a work day,” said Tarver. “We had good turnouts in all locations.”
The show featured classic tricks including the floating ball and silver rings tricks as well as some new twists that involved a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
For Sarver and the library, the show was not just a way to end the annual reading program, but something that the entire community could enjoy.
“With the economy the way it is, families can’t go to magic show; that’s why we wanted it to be free to the public,” she said.
In the midst of the show, Rue promoted the library by explaining it is where he got his start in magic. He said he became interested in magic at about age 9 and with no magic shops in the area, he got on his bike and rode to the library to learn all he could.
Rue says the library is a great place to learn all sorts of things, not just magic.
At the end of the show, children gathered around Rue for the opportunity to take photos with the magician. Kids seemed to enjoy the show, and as one kid put it, “He did some great magic tricks.” As Rue talked to children and parents he joked that he “never grew up” and that was the way he liked it.
During the program Sarver gave prizes to four coloring contest winners and the child read the most books this summer. Madison Baudoin, “Up to Pre-K”; Catherine Campbell, kindergarten and first grade; Noah LeBlanc, second and third grade; and Morgan Areno, fourth grade and up; won the coloring contest in their respective categories. Haley Young won the prize for the most books read.