Magic of Gary Kantor          847-624-6244

garykantor@yahoo.com 

 

Library Workshops and Performances

(Numerous library testimonials listed at the bottom of this page.  Please check out what librarians have to say about my magic events.)

Magic
Workshops

Magic Shows

Balloon Animal
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Magic Workshop Details

  • Very affordable.  (Different options for every library's budget.)
  • Magic kits for children to take home.
  • Can also include Gary performing a stage show with the workshop.
  • Workshops stress the importance of education and reading, along with showing the exciting things that libraries and books have to offer.
  • Size of magic workshop can be as small or as large as you want.  (Most of my workshops have over 60 children.)
  • Builds self-esteem along with improving presentation skills.
  • Children grouped by age and learn age-appropriate tricks.
  • "Learn to Make Balloon Animals" workshop is also available.
    (click here for details on the Balloon Animal workshop)

                     Magic Workshop Age Ranges 
  • Ideal age range for my most popular magic workshop is ages 5-12.
  • Can also have separate workshops (so you break the groups into younger and older children).
  • Exciting new workshop for 3-4 year olds and their parent to take together.  Parents will love taking this class with their child.  (I have tricks specifically designed for ages 3-4.) 
  • Special workshop available with more advanced tricks if you want to target middle-school or high-school students.
  • Adult workshop (if you are looking for a program to target your adult population).

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Libraries that I have performed at

Addison, Algonquin, Alsip, Antioch, Arlington Heights, Batavia, Bellwood, Berkeley, Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Broadview, Brookfield, Burbank (Prarie Trails), Carol Stream, Cary, Crete, Chicago (West Englewood branch), Deerfield, DesPlaines, Elburn, Elk Grove Village, Elmwood Park, Flossmoor, Forest Park, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Frankfort, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Gurnee, Hampshire, Harvey, Harwood Heights (Eisenhower), Highland Park, Hillside, Hinsdale, Homewood, Homer Glen, Lagrange, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lansing,  Manhattan, Manteno, Marseilles, McHenry, Morton Grove, New Lenox, Niles, North Aurora, North Riverside, Oak Forest (Acorn), Oak Park, Orland Park, Palatine, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Park Ridge, River Forest, Roselle, Sandwich, Schaumburg, Skokie, Steger South-Chicago Heights, Vernon Area District (Lincolnshire), Vernon Hills (Cook Memorial), Villa Park, Wauconda, Westchester (in Indiana), Western Springs, Wells County (in Bluffton Indiana), Westmont, Wheaton, Wheeling (Indian Trails), Wilmette, Wilmington, Winfield, Winnetka, Wooddale.
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Many more libraries in 2017 and 2018

   

Testimonials From Libraries

"Gary Kantor is an amazing teacher and talented magician and I am hiring him again. He is really skilled and patient with children at all learning levels and the kids checked out all of our magic books after the show. His program is well designed and organized and he is very professional to work with. His program was original, creative and his delivery was enthusiastic and warm but he also had full control over the kids keeping them engaged and rapt with his magic. I highly recommend Gary as a teacher and entertainer!"
Morton Grove Library – Leslie Marley (Youth Services Programming Coordinator)
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"Thank you for the fantastic magic shows and workshops you presented at Cook Memorial Public Library District.  Your willingness to accommodate so many children in two separate shows on one day and then to return the next day to do smaller (but only slightly) workshops with two age ranges was so appreciated by our patrons and staff.  We received so many positive comments.  In my almost 15 years of children's programming, I've rarely seen anyone with the great rapport you have with audiences large and small, young and old.  You did a great job and I've recommended you to other libraries."
Cook Memorial Public Library (Libertyville) – Debbie Colodny (Children's Programming Coordinator)
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"Our library has had plenty of magic/magician programs over the years, but Gary Kantor's program stands out as one of the best!  Not only does he captivate the kids with his tricks but he engages the adults as well and keeps everyone laughing.  My patrons had the BEST time and I definitely recommend booking Gary to do the magic show and the workshop...it was truly worth it!"
Genoa Public Library – Jen Barton (Director)
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"Awesome!  Exciting!  Worth every penny!  Our large audience loved every minute!
Gary's magic show was so professional, very entertaining, and generated a lot of excitement. He did an excellent job keeping the interest of all the ages that attended. We had a wide variety of attendees including preschoolers, grade school children, special needs adults, parents, and grandparents. We really enjoyed his balance of magic, comedy, and pure entertainment! Regarding Gary's magic workshop, the children really seemed to enjoy the class. The class had children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Gary did a beautiful job of managing all the different ages and keeping everyone interested. He ensured that the children were attentive, using kindness, and a quiet firmness that the children clearly respected. Everyone left with a "goody" bag of magic tricks including  a few goodies for the library!"
Villa Park Library - Susan McKean (Head of Youth Services) and Mona Polanek
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"If you are looking to host a magic program at your library, look no further than Gary Kantor's Magic Workshop. We hosted Gary at the Eisenhower Public Library on February 8th and it was an overwhelming success! We had over 50 children, ages 5-12, attend the program and Gary was very patient and comfortable speaking to a large room of kids and adults. He captured the kids' attention from the get-go and had them enthralled for the entire program, not to mention how excited they were that they got to take home their own magic kit! The adults were impressed with not only the magic tricks, but with the fact that Gary took the time to teach the kids how to do each trick. He patiently explained every trick and waited for each child to finish. One of the main components of his workshop is stressing how important school is, especially the subjects of Math, Science and English, to learning and understanding magic. He also stressed how easy it is to check books about magic out of the library to learn new tricks, just as he did as a kid. I would highly recommend Gary Kantor to anyone interested in a magic program for their library. I know we will definitely have him back for another magic program in the future!"

Eisenhower Public Library District – Bridget Kenney (Children's librarian)
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"Gary Kantor is an AWESOME library program presenter!  He did back to back balloon animal and magic classes at my library. The patrons ranged from pre-k siblings of participants to grandparents, and everyone participated, learned something new, and laughed a whole bunch. Equally impressive was his ability to adapt his program. Our community room is small, and we had a lot of people packed in there (several of them last minute additions), and Gary adjusted with ease. I’d definitely recommend this performer programs to libraries and/or youth groups!"

Wilmington Public Library District - Jenn Matters (Youth Services Manager)
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"Gary Kantor’s magic workshop was a wonderful hands-on activity for the children of Sandwich Public Library District! Gary was professional, flexible, and very reasonably priced. His magic tricks were all the attendees could talk about for the next couple weeks – and I was even able to see some of their new magic tricks performed that they had been practicing! I would highly recommend him to any organization looking to have an accessible, hands-on style workshop where the kids actually get to be active participants. The children and I are very much looking forward to having Gary back in the very near future."
Sandwich Public Library District - Kyrie Kenney (Youth Services Manager)

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"Magical Fun....we recently had Gary Kantor conduct a magic workshop for children at the Cary Area Public Library District, and we can't wait to have him again.  His presentation was amusing and fun for all (parents included)! The kids were very excited to learn some magic tricks to amaze their friends and families, and thrilled to take some actual tricks home with them. Gary is very easy to work with, and will become a regular performer here in Cary, Illinois."
Cary Area Public Library - Sue Keller (Head of Youth Services)
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"Mr. Kantor's Magic Workshop was a big draw for our patrons.  Not only did he perform tricks for the audience but he walked us through how to actually perform them ourselves!  It was a wonderful way to provide a hands-on programming opportunity to our community.  Perhaps more importantly, it offered a participative way for the kids to think about the science behind the magic.  After the workshop, I received several comments from kids and adults adults alike about how much they enjoyed it, and about when we would be having Mr. Kantor back.  A truly engaging experience."
Oak Park Library -Jessica Bartz (Branch Services Librarian)

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"Gary Kantor presented exciting, age-appropriate magic workshops for children at the Schaumburg Township District Library.  He demonstrated excellent rapport with the children and patience as he demonstrated tricks.  I received many compliments from children and parents following the programs.  Children were encouraged to check out magic and optical illusion books, which flew off the shelves.  Gary was professional and a pleasure to work with.  I look forward to welcoming him back in the future."
Schaumburg Township Library - Allison Bies (KidsZone Program Coordinator)

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"Gary, Thank you for a wonderful evening of magic and lots of laughter.  Your show held a wonderful balance for our youngest patrons as well as their oldest sibling and even their parents.  The children are still coming in to show us how much they have improved with the magic tricks they received at the workshop.  Parents want to know when you will be back.  We are all still talking about your amazing card trick.  How did you know what card they would say?  It was a fantastic time for all  and a great way to spend a summer evening together."
Bridgeview Public Library - Julie Soto (Head of Youth Services)

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"I really enjoyed the magic show performed by Gary Kantor.  Gary was able to capture the attention of the audience spanning all the ages.  The children were engaged and able to actively participate in some of the tricks.  There were amazing stunts that left the audience speechless or roaring in laughter.  At the end of the presentation, Gary shared that he learned magic at an early age and encouraged them to do the same if they desired.  Overall the show was great!  Thanks again!"
Lansing Public Library - Brandi Smits and Tracey (Children's Department Head)

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"Gary is fabulous!  He connected with the audience immediately and kept both the children and their parents engaged and entertained.  Enthusiastic and friendly, he was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to doing so again."
Broadview Public Library - Lisa Knasiak (Director of Children's Services)

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"Gary Kantor's magic workshop for kids was a hit at the Berkeley Public Library! The workshop was hands on and Gary did a great job involving everyone (including parents) in the workshop. We had great fun as he shared some of his magic secrets and completely amazed and stumped us on others. After the workshop every one of our magic books got checked out and kids are still talking about how much fun they had.  Thank you Gary!"
Berkeley Public Library -Esther Marrero (Youth Services Coordinator)
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"This was a very hands-on and dynamic program, and Gary did a great job sparking interest by doing on-the-spot demonstrations for our kids in the library before the program even started. We had a very diverse group of ages and there was something for everyone so the youngest kids could follow along and the older kids weren’t bored. It was great! I really like that the kids had the chance to be more than just spectators."
Forest Park Public Library – Susan Kunkle
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"Thanks, Gary, for helping us kick off National Library Week this year!  We had a room full of kids and adults who enjoyed your magic show and are anxiously awaiting your return for a magic workshop this summer.  We will be sure to have another magic book display so we can watch them disappear off the shelves like they did the last time you were here.  That’s the best kind of magic to a Librarian!"

Carol Stream Public Library – Pat Roche (Youth Services Librarian)  

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"Gary Kantor was amazing! All the kids loved not only seeing the magic tricks, but learning their very own. We have a whole slew of magicians impressing the librarians daily! Don't miss out on this program!"

Elmwood Park Public Library – Kim Viita (Youth and Teen Services Manager)

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"Gary Kantor did a fantastic job with his magic class for 5-12 year olds and parents at Acorn Public Library.  He explained things thoroughly and patiently to the audience.  He kept the pace moving to fit in a lot of information with a variety of magic tricks.  It would be great to have him come back sometime!"  
Acorn Public Library (Oak Forest) - Janice (Youth Services Clerk)
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"Gary Kantor’s Magic Workshop was a huge hit at the Brookfield Public Library.  Both parents and kids were enthralled by Gary’s magic tricks and the kids also learned about the importance of doing well in school and finding resources for learning more about magic tricks and optical illusions at the local public library!"
Brookfield Public Library – Louise Dimick (Head of Youth Services)
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"I would highly recommend Magician Gary Kantor to anyone looking for a superb show filled with laughter, mystery, and inspiration.  Gary has a unique and marvelous way of spanning all ages, including adults, for a memorable good time in the realm of magic and entertainment.  Book him and experience it yourself.  You will not be disappointed."
Flossmoor Public Library – Linda Caplan (Youth Services)
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"Gary was great! I loved that he kept the adults in the room just as involved and enthralled as the kids. A wonderful presentation."
Arlington Heights Library - Lynne Priest (Grade School Programming Specialist)
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"Gary did an excellent job at catering to all the ages present and each kid walked away knowing 5 new tricks with which to amaze their friends.  He made each participant feel comfortable and confident to be the magician they came there to be."
Palatine Public Library Dana Mijalski (Youth Programming Coordinator)

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"Thank you Mr. Kantor for a most excellent program at the Lake Bluff Library.  The children and the parents loved your magic and the sounds of laughter and applause spoke volumes.  Teaching the children some simple magic tricks at the end was the perfect finish to a delightful program."

Lake Bluff Public Library – Donna Williams (Head of Youth Services)

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"Gary kept a room full of active children engaged for nearly an hour and performed several interactive magic tricks.  Of course, the children were most interested to see how he performed the trick where he turned a 1 dollar bill into to a 100 dollar bill.  But as Gary taught them, a magician never reveals his secret.  The highlight of the program was having the children leave with a bag of tricks they could perform on their own at home.  We would love to have Gary visit us again!"
Chicago Public Library (West Englewood Branch) – Keisha Garnett (Branch Manager)
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"Gary Kantor amazed and amused parents and children at the Homewood Library this summer with magical fun."

Homewood Public Library – Debra Alt(Youth Librarian)

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"Gary Kantor has performed twice at our library – once as walk-around entertainer during an anniversary event, and again during a family show during our annual Christmas event. Both times, children and adults were entertained and amazed by his card tricks and illusions. Gary’s enthusiasm for magic was obvious throughout both visits.  I especially appreciated the way he encouraged children to check out library books to learn more about magic." 
Palos Heights Public Library – Debbie Larson
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"We had a great experience from beginning to end with Gary.  Planning and communication was quick and painless.  We hired him to do the magic workshop, and our patrons quickly filled all of the registered spots.  Gary has a great demeanor with the kids, noticing potential behavior issues and diffusing them with ease.  We had a very young patron slip in under the radar, and Gary was able to accommodate her as well.  A parent who was watching from the sidelines commented on his behavior management skills.  We’re having him back this spring to do a full magic show, and I’m excited to work with him again."
Niles Public Library - Arianne Carey (Kid Space Program Coordinator)
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"Gary Kantor came to perform at Marseilles Public Library on November 24. He was GREAT! He kept the kids involved. He even had the adults participate. The kids were captivated by his show! They loved that they were able to learn about Magic while having fun. Gary didn't just show them how to do the tricks, he helped them understand why the trick worked the way it did and encouraged them to learn more about all aspects of Magic. He is very down to earth with his presentation and delivery of his show, and, very personable. We enjoyed having him here, and should the chance arise again, we would have him gladly!"
Marseilles Public Library – Tiana Cayot (Assistant Director)
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"Gary Kantor recently visited our library to do a magic show/workshop and we couldn't be more pleased!  Both parents and children alike enjoyed the show.   The entertaining show kept us laughing and the tricks were simply amazing.  I loved how Gary promoted reading and the library as part of his show.  The workshop was fantastic—Gary is a great teacher and kept the kids attention.  I was very impressed with how organized Gary was and his wonderful rapport with the kids.  As the Youth Services Coordinator, I enjoyed working with Gary and appreciated his professionalism.  I would hire Gary Kantor again without hesitation.  Thanks again for a great program!"
Manteno Public Library - Jennifer Regan (Youth Services Coordinator)
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"Gary taught 2 balloon animal workshops at the Wilmette Public Library; one for grades 2-4 and one for grades 5-12. He brought hundreds of balloons, individual pumps to inflate the balloons and his amazing skills. Gary was right there to help and encourage each balloon artist as they struggled to succeed. He kept their attention and showed the kids how easy it can be.  All the attendees enjoyed his program. Besides their finished balloon art, Gary also gave each child several balloons so they could continue practicing their new skill. He kept each child involved and made sure they all achieved success. His encouragement meant a lot to the younger students as they needed to work hard to finish each design. The smaller, more intimate group excelled with his instructions and demonstrations.  Gary was very professional and knowledgeable presenting his workshop. It was obvious that he knows what he’s doing and has done it many times before yet enjoys interacting with every group."
Wilmette Public Library -  Alice Joseph (Youth Services)
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"Gary Kantor is a fantastic performer, of that there is no question.  His magic tricks thrilled the kids AND made their parents laugh, too.  My highest praise, however, belongs to his crowd-control abilities.  Nobody likes when one kid's bad behavior ruins a program for everyone.  Gary was firm but kind about his expectations about behavior, and he remained that way throughout the performance.  As a result, everybody was able to see the magic, everybody could hear the jokes, and everybody had a great time.  I would highly recommend him as a performer, and if any other Indiana libraries want to partner with me to bring him back to our side of the state line, give me a call!"
Westchester Public Library (Indiana) – Heather Chaddock (Children's Manager)
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"Gary's magic workshops were excellent.  We received many compliments from parents and the kids were eager to try out their magic tricks at home.  Gary stays a step ahead of his audience and really makes them think!  We will definitely have him back soon."
Wheaton Public Library – Janet Dumas (Department Head, Children's Services)

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"The magic workshop with Gary Kantor is great.  The tricks that each child receives are very professional looking.  Gary works well with all ages.  He gives older students harder ways to perform the same trick that he gives to the younger students, or he gives more complex tricks to the older students.  This was the second time we had Gary out and about half of the children had attended his previous workshop.  He gave them all new material.  He can adapt to the ages and abilities of the audience.  Finally, I really enjoy the workshop because he includes "real" magic tricks that only he does to inspire a desire in the children to keep learning and practicing their own magic.  Even the parents are involved at various times throughout the show.  I’ve seen that card prediction trick around ten or eleven times and I can't figure it out … AND I know the same cards have not been chosen … how does he do that???"

Wood DalePublic Library - Jenny Collier (Childrens Librarian)

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"The show that you did on the 25th was awesome!  This was the first time we had Gary Kantor's Magic Show at the Ella Johnson Library and we will definitely be bringing him back. His magic was truly mystifying and with his tricks he was able to keep the attention of everyone who came to see the show. His magic was appropriate for all ages and his tricks were thoroughly enjoyed by kids AND adults. Thanks for a great show, Gary!"
Ella Johnson Memorial Library (Hampshire) – Dawn Cummins (Youth Manager)

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"Gary Kantor presented an engaging and captivating magic show suitable for families. The antics of a magical handkerchief had the children shouting out and roaring with laughter. Adding to the overall excitement, several members of the audience were called on to assist with tricks. While some tricks were funny and silly, others produced collective, "oohs and ahs," from both young and old. Gary came well prepared requiring only a few tables and a space to perform. He has a welcoming, energetic and respectful stage presence which made for a fun and festive evening for all. Following the magic show, Gary offered a magic workshop for children aged 5-12. Several tricks were demonstrated, props were passed out for a brief practice period and each child put together a magic kit to take home. The kids were anxious to wow their friends and family with their new magic skills!"
Homer Township Library - Jody Olivieri (Youth Services Manager)
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"Our group really enjoyed our magic class! The tricks were engaging and the instructor kept the kids interested and engaged the whole session.  They especially liked the card trick and were thrilled to be able to bring home "real" magic cards!  Thank you for the wonderful experience, I'd definitely recommend this program to our friends!"
Manhattan- Elwood Public Library - Mary Blatti (Youth Services Manager)
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"I have wanted a magic show here at the library for a few years, but was not sure who to have, until 2 of my co-workers saw Gary give a demonstration of his magic at a recent convention.  They came back so excited to tell me about him.  We booked him and he was wonderful!  We had children and adults and all were totally attentive and involved.  A lot of entertainers call on only the kids to be helpers.  I like that Gary has the adults participate, too.  He gave a fun, exciting show and everyone had a great time.  I will recommend him to every library I go to!  Thank you, Gary!!"
Steger South Chicago Heights Library - Cindi Gaz (Youth Services)

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"Gary Kantor helped kick off Town and Country Public Library's Summer Reading program this past June by entertaining our young patrons with an exciting magic show.  After his show Gary conducted a workshop where he showed children how to do a variety of magic tricks.  Gary is a consummate performer.  We plan to invite him back to the Library in the very near future."

Town and Country Library - Dwayne Nelson (Youth Services and Reference)

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"Thanks so much for performing for our Gurnee Days program at the Warren-Newport Public Library.  We had over 140 people in the audience.  Your card tricks were incredible!  Jon and I are still trying to figure out how you did the mind reading trick.  Guess that is why they call it magic!  The magic show was amazing, amusing and entertaining for the kids as well as the adults.  The audience especially loved the drawing that came to life, the dancing hankie and the big magic wand tricks.  After the program, the kids checked out a lot of the magic books we had on display.  Thanks for promoting the magic books in our collection.  Again, thank you for providing a fun-filled magic show that whole family could enjoy.   We hope to have you present a magic workshop sometime in the future."

Warren-Newport Library (Gurnee) - Patty Sawin (Youth Programming Specialist)

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"Thank you for two awesome magic workshops. You really kept the kids excited, engaged, and laughing! They were thrilled to learn several magic tricks and they were delighted with their bag of goodies. A lot of magic books were checked out afterwards by several aspiring young magicians!"

Highland Park Library - Marcia Beach (Youth Services Librarian)

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"I've seen Gary's performance before so I knew we were in good hands, especially with a packed house of 80+ patrons. During each performance, I'm always impressed how he can handle a large audience by keeping the crowd engaged and focused on his magic. His show is captivating, fun, and has a lot of humor that keeps the audience laughing with every trick. Gary is such a professional and hands-down one of the best performers I've seen for a library program. We look forward to having Gary back again!"
Glencoe Public Library – Alyson Dorfman (Children's Librarian)
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"Hi Gary.  It was so great to have you with us this summer for your kid's magic workshops.  You were easy to work with, well prepared, and a lot of fun!  The tricks your taught were just right for our grade school age range, and everyone left thrilled to show their families their new magic skills.  I have to say, your classroom management skills are spectacular, you fully engaged everyone while making sure that the ground rules were clear and reasonable, allowing everyone to get the most out of the workshop - bravo!  The supplies you provided for each trick were quality materials that really made the kids feel like magicians, and the tricks you presented were really good, I had fun being a part of it!  Thanks again.  I will happily pass your name and contact information on to other librarians as one of our best presenters of the summer."
Elmhurst Public Library - Gloria Walsh-Rock (Assistant Dept. Head - Kids Library)
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"Everyone enjoyed Gary’s Magic Workshop: kids, teens, parents and staff. The target audience consisted of ages 5-12, and several teens that came along with siblings. Gary engaged the crowd at the beginning, and kept them absorbed throughout. Not an easy feat with 43 youth of such disparate ages! He also included parents and staff in some tricks, so everyone felt included. The kids enjoyed learning tricks of their own to take home, and the first rule of being a magician: Never tell the secrets of your magic tricks. Gary introduced the library books on display and explained that he had begun learning magic at the age of seven using books, many borrowed from the local library. (Yay, Gary!) He also included a quick discussion on the importance of various subjects, such as math, science and reading, in becoming an accomplished magician. Gary brought laughter and gasps to the audience many times, and performed with energy, patience and professionalism. His program was a ray of sunshine on a cold, rainy day, and I would definitely recommend it to other libraries and individuals."
Bellwood Public Library – Diana Sills (Head of Youth Services)
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"Our library has hosted many magicians over the years, but none of them were able to engage our audience of 60+ patrons like Gary Kantor did when he performed at Franklin Park in October! His show is fun, interactive, and entertaining for all ages. We received positive feedback from our patrons, and both kids and adults were excited to try one of his tricks on their family and friends. Gary is also very professional to work with; he understands that every library is different and will work with you to accommodate different group sizes, budgets, and more. We would definitely hire Gary Kantor again and highly recommend his magic show!  Thanks again!"
Franklin Park Public Library - Joyce Arellano (Coordinator of Information & Digital Services)
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"Gary, I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful time our members had at your magic show. The magic tricks you performed were unbelievable. You also have a natural presence about you that puts your audience at ease and willing to help you with your presentation. Our members walked out very satisfied and thanked me repeatedly for hiring you. As you predicted, the magic tricks section in the library was well looked at and many books checked out.  Thanks again for a wonderful program and we hope you will come to the library again."
Indian Trails Library (Wheeling) - Rose Johnson (Youth Services Assistant/Programmer)
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"Awesome! Exciting! Fun! Gary Kantor’s Magic Workshop exceeded my expectations. Gary easily managed a room full of 5 -12 year olds with ease as he explained tricks thoroughly and took time to give the older kids extra tips. The children were given a bag of magic tricks to take home and perform on their friends and family. He did a great job of stressing the importance of education and reading in his workshop.  After the show, our magic books flew off the shelves! I’m planning on having Gary back soon."
Winfield Public Library – Nuccia Choate (Youth Services)
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"Gary Kantor performed at the Skokie Public Library on August 24th to a standing room only crowd of over 200 people.  He immediately captivated the audience, with his fun magic.  He did a great job of involving the audience and you could hear the giggles throughout the auditorium, even the skeptical enjoyed the show.  Gary came as part of a Village-wide event, so he had to deal with the competition of carnival rides and live music, but he brought the crowd in and they stayed.  After his show, he had a couple of beginning magic sets to sell, and with each child who bought a trick, he patiently showed them how to do the trick.  Watching him with each child individually convinced me to have him back to do a magic workshop for our Skokie kids, he was patient and fun as each child mastered the tricks! He was patient with me, as well, because he had to show me several times how to perform the trick! I have already used one of the tricks he taught me in my storytime and it was a big hit!"
Skokie Public Library – Cathy Maassen
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"Gary Kantor did a fantastic job leading several magic classes at our library. He taught upwards of 80 children (and their parents), managing the crowds with ease and keeping them captivated and entertained the whole time. We received so many compliments from patrons afterward, and many kids were anxious to show off their new tricks to staff. We look forward to having him back!"
Lake Villa District Library – Elisa Gueffier (Youth Services Librarian)
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"Gary was a fantastic performer and the children were absolutely enthralled with his magic! Gary was prompt, perfectly prepared and had a great rapport with his audience. The laughter and happy smiles from the audience as they left the program was proof enough of how much they enjoyed the show!  I would gladly have him back for a repeat performance."

Deerfield Public Library – Nina Michael

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"Gary did a fantastic job performing and teaching magic tricks at our library. He flawlessly held the attention of 60+ plus children ages 5 and up, which to me is a magic trick itself. The children absolutely loved his tricks and cannot wait for him to come back! I especially liked that Gary pushed the importance of reading and learning throughout the magic show. 
We hope to have you back soon!"
Green Hills Public Library (Palos Hills) – Brittany Ramos

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"Thank you for your magic performance at our library.  It was wonderful to host your fantastic show and workshop!  I truly enjoyed your performance and so did all of the patrons in attendance.   It was so fun to see the audience amazed and laughing along with you during the magic show. I love how you include the children in your performance.  I also, loved how you promote reading and the library in your program. The magic book section really emptied out after your performance.  We had many patron comments on the program evaluation forms.  One said "loved it" and another said, "Great magic workshop, I loved how he shared his magic tricks with the children".  Again, who does not love magic?"

Fountaindale Public Library (Bolingbrook) - Nancy Lupo and Wendy Birkemeier

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"Gary, thanks for bringing your magic acts and workshop to the Fox Lake  District Library.  We had a great attendance and everyone enjoyed the magic.  The workshop was great.  The tricks the kids learned were  presented in a professional manner and the kids were very excited to  take home the tricks.  Everything was done in such a nice paced atmosphere that really kept things moving and entertaining and  educational.  I plan to be calling you in the future for more exciting magic programs!"

Fox Lake District Library - Cindy Lobaza (Assistant Librarian)
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"Gary did a truly masterful job of keeping almost 40 children spellbound and attentive for the entire workshop.  The kids were buzzing with excitement as they left with their new magic tricks, and many parents told us how impressed they were with the program.  We will certainly have you back in the future!"

Frankfort Public Library - Jennifer Erbach

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"Gary was kind enough to do a workshop for our monthly book discussion group for 4th-8th graders.  His workshop tied in perfectly with the book we read in January, The Magician's Elephant.  The kids were very enthusiastic and eager to learn.  They were definitely impressed with Gary's skills, and he was so patient teaching them each trick.  I know they were delighted to have a special guest and excited to have the opportunity to bring magic tricks home to practice.  We would definitely invite Gary back for another event!"

Hillside Public Library - Maura Terrado (Youth Services Librarian)
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"Gary, thank you again for your magic workshop!  The kids really enjoyed the tricks, in fact they were so excited, they showed the library staff before I did!  Most of the tricks that you taught had never been seen before by the kids and adults!  Great job keeping our interest!"
North Riverside Public Library – Karen Quinn (Youth Services Assistant)
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"Gary's Balloon Animal Workshop was one of our best programs this summer. He came well-prepared, ensuring that every child was successful at making all the balloon animal creations."

Batavia Public Library – Joleen Batek
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"Today we had 43 children leave our library with excitement!!  They had spent time with Gary doing magic.  Magic that they were able to show their parents and friends with the "6 magic tricks" props.  They learned "the secret" and  were shown how to present the tricks to amaze their families and friends.  What a wonderful time all had."
McHenry Public Library - Gwen Doolan
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"Gary Kantor's Magic Workshop was a HUGE success at Prairie Trails Public Library!  The show was provided for a wide age range.  All the children paid close attention and stayed attentive throughout the whole program.  Gary explained how to perform the tricks and was patient with all participants.  He kept the program moving and flowing without a disturbing moment in the program."
Prairie Trails Public Library (Burbank) - Erica Liptack (Head of Youth Services)
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"Gary Kantor's magic workshop was quite an experience, kids and parents enjoyed learning and the whole process was entertaining.  Gary was very professional, a joy to work with!  He will be returning to the Fox Lake District Library!" 

Fox Lake District Library - Cindy Lobaza

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"Magician Gary Kantor's Family Magic Show last Saturday was a definite success!  He kept the program moving smoothly and professionally, with children and parents engaged and laughing.  I would definitely recommend him for your library." 

Winnetka-Northfield Public Library - Bronwyn Parhad (Head of Youth Services)

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"We had Gary Kantor for a library program and he did a great job. He kept the kids' (and parents!) attention throughout the entire performance while redirecting the crowd when it got noisy. The kids were super excited to take home a goody bag full of tricks they could do with their family as well as checking out magic books from the library. Everyone seemed to have a lot of fun."

Antioch Public Library - Kim Zupkoff

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"Gary has the ability to keep the kids engaged and amazed, and every child that came out of Gary’s class had a new magic trick to show us. We received nothing but positive comments from both parents and children. A really wonderful hands-on program."
Crete Public Library - Gail Scott (Head of Youth Services)
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"I just wanted to thank you for coming out to the library to present your magic workshop yesterday.  The children had a great time and were thrilled to take home a bag of tricks to share!  I had a family come in to a program tonight that was able to “fool” grandma and grandpa with some of the tricks they learned.  It was a pleasure working with you."
Addison Public Library – Debbie Sanchez (Children’s Library Associate)
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"Parents and children in our community enjoyed Gary Kantor's magic show.  He has some fascinating tricks up his sleeve (and he only wore short sleeves on the day of his performance :-) His show is engaging and kept the children and parents enthralled and engaged."
Thomas Ford Memorial Library (Western Springs) - Uma Nori (Head of Youth Services)
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"Gary has a powerful hold on even the most wiggly aspiring magician, quickly and effectively teaching them a variety of tricks. We were impressed with his ability to handle a large crowd. He even had a few young fans show up at our program, excited to see him again!"
Berwyn Public Library – Marissa Garcia (Youth Services Librarian)
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"We just had Gary at our library for a Magic Workshop. Even though we had a large number of kids, he was able to keep them entertained while teaching them many tricks. He brought enough supplies to send each child home with a bag of tricks. A good time was had by all ages."
LaGrange Public Library – Patti Eaton
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"Gary.  I just wanted to send a quick note of thanks for your awesome show! I was excited to learn that a number of children checked out books on magic this evening! You not only brought magic to an ordinary Tuesday evening, but you increased my Circ #s on 793.8."
Harvey Public Library District – Antonia Mcbride (Youth Services Manager)
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"Fun, informative, and interactive performances presented in a professional manner."
Orland Park Library – Becky McCormack (School Liaison Librarian)
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