LAURINBURG — Scotland County Memorial Library is filled with tales of adventure, mystery, magic and tomfoolery. On Wednesday, Caleb Sigmon, an illusionist and storyteller, brought those concepts to life as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program.
Sigmon began is program by asking for a volunteer to hold what looked like an ordinary lemon. A 13-year-old boy in the audience raised his hand and was tasked with keeping track of the lemon for the remainder of the program.
The storyteller then asked for another volunteer from the 60 or so children in attendance. A girl told Sigmon her name, but never spoke above a whisper. He asked her to pick a card and draw something on it. After she did, he placed the card back in the deck and promised it wasn’t a card trick.
“I don’t do card tricks, those are silly,” he said. “We’re going to use that card to travel through time. Did everyone bring their invisible time traveling helmets?”
The children in the audience put on their helmets, before Sigmon answered a call on his “futuristic” shoe phone. Sigmon then explained the person on the other end of the line said the little girl needed to wave a magic wand over the deck of cards and it would disappear and travel through time.
After several attempts with “wands” of varying sizes, the trick finally worked after Sigmon’s volunteer used a wand the size of a rolled up area rug — and accidentally knocked him over with it.
Sigmon continued his act with several other card-realted tricks with the assistance of a few other audience members. As he closed his act, Sigmon remembered the lemon.
He asked for it back and the teenage boy, rather enthusiastically, threw the lemon back to Sigmon. The illusionist pulled out a small paring knife and began to cut the lemon in half, telling the children there is magic all around them.
“Nothing is impossible, there is real magic all round us — if you just open your eyes,” he said.
As he pulled the lemon apart, something was sticking out of the center. Sigmon pulled the object out and unfolded it — it was the little girl’s playing card that she had drawn the picture on.
The site of the card caused every mouth in the audience — including the parents — to drop, because no one could figure out how Sigmon got the card inside the lemon.
“Impossible things are possible, if you just believe,” he said.
The “Libraries Rock” theme challenges children to sign up for a reading challenge to read with their parents for a least 20 minutes a day until the program ends on Aug. 1.
The incentive to keeping up with the challenge is a drawing for the grand prize of a Barnes & Noble Nook GlowLight3 tablet but smaller prizes are given away to lucky children who have participated.
The next program will be Wednesday, July 25, and feature Ron Cromer’s collection of reptiles and snakes titled “Snakes Alive” — which, according to library staff, is the most popular program.
For each of the Summer Reading Program events, there are two chances for children to catch the show, once at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]