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BJ the Clown to perform magic at library

COURTESY PHOTO - Bret Christie, the man behind BJ the Clown, will come back to Forest Grove Library on June 21 at 10:15 a.m. to perform a high energy variety show featuring magic, comedy and more.As part of Forest Grove Library’s June Performers For Families, local entertainer BJ the Clown will perform a fast-paced comedy and variety show consisting of magic, juggling, circus skills and music, complete with audience participation on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:15 a.m. He’ll be performing in the library at 2114 Pacific Ave.

“The children really get into it and I hear from parents that the kids talk about the show for months,” said Bret Christie, the man behind the paint.

Christie has been a clown for nearly 25 years, and the Forest Grove Library was the venue for one of his first professional gigs. The librarian at the time was his wife’s puppeteering partner, which was how he landed the performance.

His early training was with clowns from the Ringling Brothers Circus, but since then he has created his own unique style of entertaining.

“I haven’t missed performing a summer reading program there in about 23 years,” he said. “Often, adults come to the library after the program to show me photos of themselves performing with me when they were children.”

Christie usually brings his goofball comedy and vaudeville-style magic to the likes of birthday parties, picnics, schools, festivals and beyond. He has performed more than 3,500 shows.

The event is free and open for the public to attend.