The Southern Prairie Library System is proud to present magician, Steve Crawford, and his “Medicine Man Show” for the first program in the library’s Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.”
This program will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Altus Public Library and last about an hour. The show is designed to entertain audiences of all ages as they watch Crawford perform a variety of acts. The entire show is an experience in theater and acting.
Crawford began performing more than 40 years ago after learning magic in his own hometown library in Ponca City. Today, he visits Oklahoma schools and libraries.
Immediately following the children’s performance, Steve the magician, will hold a workshop for teens and tweens ages 11 – 17. In this workshop, Steve will show the participants how to do some simple magic tricks so that they can perform their own magic shows.
During his 40-plus years entertaining, Crawford has won numerous awards and traveled from coast to coast as a magician, hypnotist, actor and escape artist. He has performed at state fairs, shared the stage with such greats as Henry Winkler, opened for rock stars including Alice Cooper, worked for Evil Knievel and more than a thousand corporations. He has also performed for theme parks including Six Flags and SeaWorld.
Crawford won the Nabisco “Unlock the Magic” award, a national competition involving hundreds of magicians and was voted one of the “Top Three Actors” in America’s Cast Me Competition and Reality Show.
He holds the world record for speed escapes from handcuffs — in less than 2 seconds — and is the former TV star of Fox TV’s “Magical Mystery Tour.” Crawford was also featured twice in 2015 on the History Channel for his escape art and in tribute to Houdini.
Crawford’s performance is funded, in part, by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services or IMLS, administered through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.
For more information about this performance or the rest of the summer library program activities, contact the library at 580-477-2890 or check the Facebook page: Southern Prairie Library System.