Poof! Watch old year disappear at New Year’s Eve magic shows

Magician Jeff Evans will perform Tuesday at Tenino and Tumwater libraries

lpemberton@theolympian.comDecember 30, 2013 

Here’s a way to trick your kids into doing something educational this week: Take them to a magic show.

Olympia magician Jeff Evans will talk about a variety of scientific properties such as air pressure, static electricity and center of mass during his Science Magic shows at Timberland Regional Library’s Tumwater and Tenino branches.

“It will be a lot of things that look like magic, but can be explained by science,” Evans said, adding that he recommends the show for ages 5 and up.

Evans, 39, graduated from North Thurston High School in Lacey and attended Pierce College and Central Washington University.

He has a degree in electronic engineering technology, which, he admits, “has nothing to do with magic.”

Evans got into magic after finding a book about sleight-of-hand coin tricks at his grandparents’ house.

“Then I went down to the Lacey library, and I checked out some books on magic,” he said. “All the time I was in high school and college, I was doing magic on the side. … By the time I finished college, I knew I wanted to do magic full time.”

In the early 1990s, Evans booked his first summer reading show through Timberland Regional Library. He’s been a regular on the library circuit ever since.

Evans performs more than 250 shows a year, including corporate gigs, school assemblies, birthday parties and community events.

“I do a lot of company holiday parties,” he said. “I’ve been all over, from Tacoma to Spokane.”

Evans recently won a 2013 “Golden Teddy Award” for best live entertainment, chosen by readers of ParentMap magazine. He also won first place at an event last spring billed as “America’s Funniest Magician Contest” at a hotel near Sea-Tac Airport.

“Since it was only open to registrants of the (Family Entertainers Workshop) conference, and eight people competed, I think the title Seattle’s Funniest Magician is more appropriate,” Evans later said in a news release.

South Sound magician John Amidon said he’s watched Evans blossom from a shy kid to a business-savvy entertainer.

“The one thing Jeff does a great job doing is interactive magic,” said Amidon, who is a retired Olympia High School teacher and athletic director. “He’s not just up there performing by himself. He really interacts well with the audience.”

If you go

Watch Jeff Evans’ Science Magic Show on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Tumwater Timberland Regional Library, 7023 New Market St., and at 2 p.m. at the Tenino Timberland Regional Library, 172 Central Ave. W.

The events are free. They are being paid for by the libraries’ Friends of the Library groups. For more information, go to www.trl.org or call 360-704-4636.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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