19th Century Magic at the Adirondack Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Museum will cling to its historical roots and invite Tom Verner, performer and historian of American magic to present a show at the museum Jan. 17.

The Adirondack Museum is honored to present "19th Century Magic and Beyond," according to Marketing Director Susan Dinnen. The show is open to all ages.

In the 19th century, itinerant magicians traveled throughout the Adirondacks entertaining local residents and visitors with tricks and dazzling illusions. They usually performed in town halls and local hotels.

Verner's shows include many of the set pieces of magic performed across the United States by magicians in the 1800s. Verner involves children and adults alike in his presentation.

"He is humorous, entertaining, and intelligent in what he does," said Dineen. "Children delight in the magic and learn something at the same time."

Verner has performed magic around the world for 30 years. He has worked with the United Nations for the past eight years, creating magic for more than 400,000 refugee and orphaned children in many of the most troubled parts of the globe. He is also a clinical psychologist who practices and teaches.

The magic program will be the first in the museum's popular Cabin Fever Sunday series, sponsored by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.

The show will be held in the auditorium and will begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Sunday programs are offered at no charge to museum members. The fee for non-members is $5. There is no charge for children of elementary school age or younger. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, please call the Education Department at 352-7311, ext. 128 or visit the museum's web site at www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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