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With a wave of his hand, the water magically stays in the glass - even though it's upside down.
And later, the DNA he thought would turn into a mutant becomes a rabbit named Abigail.
Jack Strauss, a mad scientist from Louisville, performed a magic show at the Taylor County Public Library last Thursday, with a scientific twist. Strauss taught the children how to read minds and make elephant's toothpaste and performed an illusion to shrink his head.
He said he learned all about magic and science from library books, and encouraged the nearly 150 children attending to do the same. The show was presented as part of the library's annual summer reading program.
The next event for children is a dome theater that will come to the library on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
For more information about summer reading events, call (270) 465-2562 or visit www.taylorcountypubliclibrary.org.