Magic Wayne Dazzles Crowd

Sponsored by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the National Charity League San Marino Chapter, the Wonderful Wednesdays series entertains kids

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Wayne Kawamoto drew a picture and magically made the mouth and eyes move. Moms, dads and kids at attendance at the Wonderful Wednesday performance are still trying to figure out how he did it.

Puzzled looks as if to say, “How did he do that?” were visible all around the room as Wayne Kawamoto performed his magic during the second in a series of Wonderful Wednesday events this week at the South Pasadena Library.

Kids and adults nearly filled the community room as Kawamoto entertained the large crowd with his entertaining hour-long performance, which included everything from card tricks to coins being pulled out of midair, mixed in with plenty of humor.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Magician Wayne Kawamoto performed for families on Wednesday at the South Pasadena Library Community Room.

Kawamoto left the corporate world 13 years ago and has been performing magic at weddings, anniversaries, retirement parties, restaurants, bars, business functions and, of course, libraries like the one on South Pasadena.

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Along with his ability to perform magic, Kawamoto has done his share of freelance writing over the years. The author of four books has also contributed business stories to “The San Francisco Chronicle,” “BusinessWeek,”  “CNet,” PC Magazine and others.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | A lot of hands went flying in the air when Magician Wayne Kawamoto asked for volunteers from the audience.

Wonderful Wednesday Presentations are scheduled throughout the summer usually at the South Pasadena Library Community Room starting at 3 p.m. The next one will be held outside at library park.

On July 11, Art in the Park with SPACE (South Pasadena Art Center), On July 18, Storyteller Rebecca Martin will take children “Around the World in Magic Hour” through her broad selection of stories from India, Ireland, West Africa and China.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Wayne Kawamoto performed card tricks for audience members seated inside the South Pasadena Library Community Room during a Wonderful Wednesday event.

A STEMup4Youth program is scheduled for July 25 in the community room. Children will get a chance to explore fun and exciting hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities will be provided.

David Cousin, holder of five world records in juggling, will perform on August 1.

The programs, funded by the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the San Marino/South Pasadena Chapter of the National Charity League, are offered free.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | The South Pasadena Library Community Room was packed for a Wonderful Wednesdays performance by magician Wayne Kawamoto.