A MAGICIAN never reveals his tricks, but Joel Howlett says reading helped him become the performer he is today.
The 23 year old owns Newcastle-based business JD's World of Magic.
"I was into magic at six years old," Mr Howlett said.
"I had to read books in order to learn what I know today."
When he was seven, Mr Howlett won the Red Faces segment on Hey Hey It's Saturday.
More recently, he was named best overall performer for 2012 by the Genii's Magic Society Sydney.
Next Wednesday, Mr Howlett will combine his love of reading and magic when he performs an all-ages show at Charlestown Library as part of Lake Macquarie libraries' Summer Reading Program.
The program is designed to promote reading to children aged 16 and under.
Local libraries have also co-ordinated school holiday activities, which are open to non-program participants.
In addition to the magic show, Mr Howlett will hold a balloon twisting workshop at Toronto Library.
The Summer Reading Program's major prize is a private magic show for 30 people.
The program is open until January 31. Registration is free at any library branch in Lake Macquarie.
■ JD's World of Magic show, 10.30am on Wednesday, January 22, at Charlestown Library. Cost is $8.
Balloon twisting workshop, 2pm on Thursday, January 23, at Toronto Library. Cost is $10.