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Virtual Event: The Essential Great Chicago Fire

July 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


DeKalb Public Library presents a virtual event: The Essential Great Chicago Fire

It started in a barn and, two days of flaming hell later, nearly destroyed a city.

In this virtual version of The Essential Great Chicago Fire, William Pack weaves together technical details of the fire with vivid firsthand accounts from those who lived through the conflagration of 1871, bringing alive all the excitement and terror in a multi-media storytelling event that will not soon be forgotten.

Born and raised in Chicago, William Pack is a magician, storyteller, and author. At 11 years old, William got his first job in a magic shop. He performed close-up magic at the famous Schulien’s restaurant, caught cheats for a casino, and demonstrated magic for 13 years at Chicago’s Navy Pier. He is an internationally recognized magic historian and history with his performance. In 2001, he taught actor Will Smith sleight of hand for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the film, Ali. He can currently be seen regularly at the Chicago Magic Lounge.

Please register for this event at dkpl.org. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone number to call into the Zoom meeting, and a password to the meeting. Join the Zoom meeting 5 minutes prior to the program, especially if you haven’t used Zoom before.

This program is funded by a donation in memory of Betty Rhoades.

For additional information, please contact Samantha at samanthah@dkpl.org or at (815) 756-9568 ext. 1701.


July 25, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


At home


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