Magician and musician Michael Casey will perform twice at the Cortez Public Library, on July 18 at 2 p.m. and July 20 at 10 a.m., as part of the series Literary Fridays.
Michael, who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome – like the boy in the book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio and the movie by the same name – is known for his inspiring shows. Treacher Collins is a rare genetic disorder that affects facial bones and tissue. Hearing is also affected.
Casey had entertained the public with stage magic since age 6.
“My goal is to inspire others to look at obstacles as stepping stones,” he said in a pres release. “To both inspire and motivate with my unique brand of comedy mixed with magic and music, making a direct connection that will hit all the right notes – the notes that will help one reach the “Peak Elevations “ for all of their personal goals.”
Casey had his share of bullying when he was younger but had a solution – he turned off his hearing aids. He plans to start college soon, working on a degree in film and media.
On July 18, Casey will perform his magic. On July 20, Casey, a self-taught drummer, guitarist, cellist and keyboardist, will perform his music.
The performances are free. The library is at 202 N. Park St.