Chris Egelston, the “Reading Magician,” will present his Reading is Magic show at Rend Lake College at 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, as part of the college’s annual Farm and Garden Spring Fling.
Egelston uses magic, comedy and audience participation to teach children about the fun and importance of reading. He encourages them to read both to learn and to have fun.
“Reading is the most important skill anyone can learn. It is the key to success in life. And I remind parents and children that you can borrow books for free at the library, so there’s never an excuse not to read,” Egelston said.
During the program, Egelston tells the children and parents to read about anything that interests them, whether it is science, pets, sports, magic, or any other topic, because the more they read the better they will get. He also relates how he learned most of his magic from his collection of more than 500 magic books. Of course, Egelston conveys these and other messages with plenty of magic and fun.
Egelston has been a professional magician and motivational speaker since 1982. He is one of only 40 magicians in the world to have earned the designation of Certified Magic Professional. He also knows the value of education, having earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and a Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
Other activities at the Farm and Garden Spring Fling will include Dr. Seuss and Seeds at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., fish races and hay rides, a Kids Planting Area, clowns and face painting. Also available will be various demonstrations and displays, including blacksmithing and flame work, quilting, cooking and canning, basket making, an agriculture history photo wall and an antique tractor display.
This fourth annual event will be held in the gymnasium area on campus, rain or shine. For more information about the RLC Farm and Garden Spring Fling, contact Community Education Director Dawn Gibson at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1367/1267, or toll-free at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1367/1267.