An Iowa magician has cancelled a series of shows in Gillette, Wyoming after threats were made to her and to the staff of the Campbell County Public Library (where her shows were to be performed) after her transgender identity was shared on social media.
She fell in love with magic when she was 4 years old. Coincidentally, her first experience with magic came during a show that her local library had put on.
When Mikayla Oz saw her first magician, she was transfixed. She was a girl enchanted and she immediately started down a path that would lead her to her own career as a magician.
“I first started magic when I was like 4 years old,” Oz told K2 News. “I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I actually got started by seeing a magician at a library. In that magic show that I saw, the magician encouraged kids to go check out the magic books [at the library] to kind of get started, and that’s exactly what I did.”
Oz began performing various tricks as a child, learning more about the craft and the, well, the magic behind the magic.
“My mom and I would read all of the magic books and I