John Yianni Stamas & Troupe

Magic Theater at New York Public Libraries
Magic Theater at New York Public Libraries

If you frequent one or more of the New York Public Library’s 89 or so branches, chances are you’ve seen or at least have heard of the Magic Neighbors Theater Troupe with John Yianni Stamas and Company. They do storyline performances for kids but now, with “Thrillumentary,” they are approaching doing a murder mystery  interspersed with entertaining magic tricks to amuse and delight..

M.N. productions, with a large audience of kids and teens, are done in conjunction with  DigiComArts. DigiComArts presents a workshop series that, much like Magic Neighbors, got their start at various New York Public Library branches. Branches that Magic Neighbors performances and DigiComArts workshops have been done in include Inwood, Morrisania, Grand Central and Columbus.

DigiComArts will soon have an offshoot which will be an educational website called Art Gush. Art Gush, in the form of instantly downloadable eBooks, will focus on offering  solutions to creative people who are thinking of starting their own business or have already established one. eBook topics will include “How to Get Customers, Clients and Fans,” “How to Make Money as an Artist,” “Guerrilla Entrepreneurship,” “Building a Personal Brand,” “How to Do a Campaign,” “How to Sell a Movie,” “How to Make a Blog Website,” “How to Sell an eBook,” “How to Create a Film” and more.

The Harry Potter Fan Club NYC, the unofficial New York City fan club, contributes some of their members’ writing to Magic Neighbors Theater Company projects. Harry Potter Fan Club NYC is unusual in terms of other Potter organizations in that its members use the inspiration of the J. K. Rowling book series – a NY Public Library favorite for more than two decades – to create their own original magic and fantasy tales.

Magic Neighbors is brought to you by Lights Camera Read, the nonprofit sponsored organization that since 2010 has been producing the Platinum PIAs Community Awards Show that Recognizes Artists Who are Making a Difference in their Local Communities and Around the World. The PIAs (Public Internet Artists) sometimes nominate participants in Magic Neighbors and DigiComArts projects.