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Learn Houdini’s secrets at Yorkville library

The Yorkville Public Library along with Friends Library will host program titled: “Houdini: His Life   His Legend” presented

The Yorkville Public Library along with the Friends of the Library will host a program titled: “Houdini: His Life & His Legend” presented by William Pack at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. | Submitted

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Updated: August 16, 2013 6:07AM

In the mood for a little magic? The Yorkville Public Library, along with the Friends of the Library, will welcome William Pack when he presents the program “Houdini: His Life & His Legend” at 7 p.m. Aug. 1.

Pack is a magician, storyteller and author who was born and raised in Chicago. At 11 years old, Pack got a job in a magic shop where he began his trade. He hasn’t stopped since.

He will share some of the secrets of Harry Houdini’s magic, and a mini-museum of Houdini posters, pictures and paraphernalia.

Houdini was a magician, ghost chaser, daredevil and an American stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts. He astounded audiences around the globe with his death-defying acts and illusions. No jail cell or straitjacket could hold him. He shucked off handcuffs as easily as gloves. He even made a 10,000-pound elephant vanish into thin air.

Watch Houdini come to life as audience members participate in recreations of some of Harry’s tricks and illusions. Also hear the true stories of Houdini, the American self-liberator, Europe’s eclipsing sensation, and world’s handcuff king who inspired generations of children who dared to dream of the impossible.

Pack was trained in classical-style magic at the Chavez College of Prestidigitation, preformed close-up magic at the famous Schulien’s restaurant, caught cheats for a casino, and demonstrated magic for 13 years at Chicago’s Navy Pier. He is internationally recognized as “The Chicago Magic Expert” and wrote five books on magic history. Pack also has won many awards for his magic and comedy performances. In 2001, he taught actor Will Smith sleight of hand for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the film, “Ali.”

Learn more about Pack at Learn more about this library program at 630-553-4354 or The program is suitable those older than 10.

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