081413truman-ucw-with-magic-hat.gifMagic has tantalized the public for generations, providing entertainment and wonder for millions across the globe. One thing that magic is not commonly related to however, is education. As most people know, “a good magician never reveals his secrets.” Kidsville News! is changing that though, with a new take on magic shows.

Kidsville News! and the Kidsville News Literacy & Education Foundation are partnering with the Crown to present Truman’s Mystical Magical Adventure, featuring The Amazing Vandoren. This show promises to be not only fun, but also educational and beneficial to the community. Kristy Sykes, the event marketing consultant says “Net proceeds from this event will go to the Kidsville News Literacy and Educational Foundation to continue providing educational community programs for our youth.”

The magic show is an event that the whole family can enjoy. The Amazing Vandoren has been performing for years, and just as his name suggests, he will amaze the crowd. Truman will also attend the magic show.
“He will greet everyone as they walk into the show and he will actually be on stage assisting The Amazing Vandoren,” Sykes said.

For schools, shows will take place Oct. 3-4. There are two shows each day at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Each school that attends will receive a donation of $1 per attending student. Tickets cost $8 per student.

Principals, teachers, chaperones and bus drivers get in free. The school with the most students attending will also win a Truman’s Magic show, starring The Amazing Vandoren, for their entire school. Each student who attends the show will also receive an autographed photo of Truman and The Amazing Vandoren. Schools can book shows by having a school representative call 484-6200. The show is open for schools in Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Lee, Sampson and Robeson counties.

There are also public performances, with an evening show on Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., and an afternoon show on Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. There are also special group rates and military discounts offered. It is requested that large groups make reservations. All tickets for family shows can be purchased by calling 484-6200 or through ticketmaster at Tickets can also be purchased at the Crown Box Office. All shows will be held in the Crown, at 1960 Coliseum Drive.

The Kidsville News Literacy & Education Foundation’s mission is to “improve literacy, education and character development among America’s young children by providing support for various early literacy and learning-based initiatives nationwide.” Since 1998, one way the foundation has done that is through Kidsville News! This child-focused publication is a free resource for grades kindergarten to fifth grade that is distributed to schools across the nation. Currently, 1.4 million people are reached by Kidsville News! every month.

To sponsor or donate to Truman’s Mystical Magical Adventure contact Kristy Sykes at 484-6200 or
“Donations will help cover the cost for underprivileged students who otherwise would not be able to come,” Sykes said.

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