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Learn about the Chicago Fire in a virtual presentation July 25

DeKALB – It started in a barn and after two days of flaming agony, nearly destroyed a city.

A virtual event, titled “The Essential Great Chicago Fire,” will be hosted by the DeKalb Public Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 25.

William Pack will weavetechnical 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, Pack is a magician, storyteller and author. At 11 years old, he 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.

Pack is an internationally recognized magic historian.

In 2001, Pack taught actor Will Smith sleight of hand for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the film, “Ali”. Currently, he can be seen regularly at the Chicago Magic Lounge.

Register for this event at You will receive a confirmation email with a link to the Zoom meeting, a phone number to call into the meeting, and a password. Join the Zoom meeting five 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 information, contact Samantha at or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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