Richard’s program, “Dream the Impossible” engages young audiences by demonstrating how magicians – dreamers of the impossible – around the world have dreamed big and made their dreams come true. Often those dreams started with a book: Frenchman Robert-Houdin was a watchmaker until he was given a two-volume set of magic books by mistake. He became the greatest magician the world has ever known and prevented a war with his magic. A book he wrote inspired a young American immigrant to change the course of his life, changing his name from Ehrich Weiss to Harry Houdini and becoming the greatest escape artist the world has ever known. In turn, books by and about Houdini have inspired generations of readers to dream their own impossible dreams.
Magician Richard Hatch was inspired himself to become a magician by the gift of a book, “The Golden Book of Magic” by the great Merlini (Clayton Rawson) when he was just 8 years old. He soon read all the books on magic (Dewey Decimal number 793.8!) at the public library in Ames, Iowa and later at the public library in Logan, Utah and began creating performances based on what he read and dreamed at the libraries. His career as a magician has taken him around the world, to such exotic locales as the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Eddie Murphy’s New Year’s Eve party! A lover and collector of books, he co-founded a company that has become the world’s largest supplier of magic books, H & R Magic Books (www.magicbookshop.com)
In “Dream the Impossible” Richard Hatch performs Robert-Houdin’
The program will run 30 minutes and is suitable for young audiences. This is a free event open to the public. Skyview High School is located at 520 South 250 East in Smithfield. For more information call Karen Bowling, Children's Services at the Smithfield Public Library, 435 563-3555.