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Magic program Thursday targets teens
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Forsyth County News

If you go:

* What: Chad Crews Magic: Authors of Mystery and Horror

* Where: Cumming Library, 585 Dahlonega Hwy.

* When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday

* Who: Recommended for children in sixth grade or older

* Online: Visit www.chadcrewsmagic.com or for other programs, www.forsythpl.org

Chad Crews’ magic show usually results in books disappearing off of library shelves.

He’ll return to the Cumming Library on Thursday to present "Authors of Mystery and Horror," a magic program for teens featuring the lives and works of Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley and others.

Crews, described as a magical educator, said he discusses the authors and their writings before doing a trick that’s themed around the topic.

For example, after introducing Alexandre Dumas’ "The Count of Monte Cristo," he performs a magic trick with volunteers being "buried alive."

"It’s kind of a spooky show," Crews said. "I enjoy spooky stuff anyway, ghost stories and things like that. Being able to do that around that age group is really fun."

He often performs the show in October, so Crews is excited to revamp it for the summer.

The mystery and horror program is one of many that the magician performs in libraries and schools, including many in Forsyth County.

Crews began incorporating his love of magic while he taught in middle and high school, which he left to pursue performing full time.

He started with children’s programs, but soon added teens.

Vanessa Cowie, Forsyth County Public Library’s youth services coordinator, asked him to perform after learning about the programs for older children.

Crews’ past appearances have drawn teens in and books out, as promised, Cowie said.

"We’ve had so much fantastic literature come out for teens in the past 10 or 15 years that sometimes we forget the oldies but goodies," Cowie said. "Chad features the classics."

She described Crew’s mystery and horror program, which he brought to Forsyth County last summer, as "deliciously spooky."

The program is the last planned specifically for teens at the library this summer.

It will come a day after the Teenage Safety Awareness program Wednesday afternoon at the Hampton Park Library.

Cowie said the previous two summer programs for teens, which featured comic book artistry and magic, drew about 40 people each.

Some upcoming activities for Forsyth Reads Together, the communitywide summer reading initiative, may also be of interest to teens, she said.

The annual program features a new author or book each year, with this year’s theme being "The Life and Times of Louisa May Alcott."

The next event, on July 11, will be a visit from an Alcott impersonator, who will provide background on Alcott’s life and works.