BELMAR, NJ — Magician and children’s author Mike Lane will be bringing his books of tricks — and the adventures of a young boy who discovers himself through magic — to the Belmar Public Library on Saturday, June 22.
During the free program that begins at 11 a.m., Lane will present “Magic is Believing in Yourself” — a lively discussion on his four-book children’s series, “The Magic Shop,” complete with some magic tricks to add to the fun.
The series takes young readers on a journey with fourth-grader Mike, who doesn’t quite fit in and can’t seem to do anything right — until he steps into The White Rabbit magic shop and his life is changed forever.
In the video below, Lane provides a glimpse into how it all began for Mike.
Michael Sherman, aka magician Mike Lane, has been performing magic for more than 30 years. It all began when the Staten Island native discovered his love of magic at age 6 after attending his very first magic show. At age 11, he befriended a professional magician and later became the magician's apprentice before venturing on a career of his own.
Lane released his first book, “Magic Mike's Miraculous Magic Tricks,” in 2011 — a compilation of 60 tricks that are illustrated in easy-to-follow steps.
He then teamed with author Kate Egan, who edited “The Hunger Games” trilogy, to publish “The Magic Shop” series, which consists of “The Vanishing Coin,” “The Incredible Twisting Arm,” “The Great Escape” and “The Disappearing Magician.”
In each book, Mike’s confidence-building escapades are accompanied by step-by-step instructions on how to perform some of his tricks.
All four books are Junior Library Guild award winners, and “The Vanishing Coin” was named as an Amazon “Best Book of the Year” in 2014. Published in four languages, that book was also chosen for inclusion in five state public school reading programs.
During his Belmar Public Library talk, Lane will answer questions about his books and his craft.
The free program will be held at the library’s main building, located at 517 10th Avenue. For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732-681-0775 or visit www.belmarlibrary.org to send a message.
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