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Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 9:19 am | Updated: 12:33 am, Sat Dec 22, 2012.

Northfield magician Tim Freeland hopes to help hunger disappear. He is hosting a magic show and all proceeds will go to the local food shelf and Feed My Starving Children.

“Fifteen million children die each year world-wide because of malnutrition,” said Freeland. “Using my talents to raise awareness and financial support is the least I can do.”

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit group that arranges for people to hand-pack meals designed for malnourished children; the meals are then shipped to countries that need them.

Freeland has been performing as a magician for about 15 years. This is his first time holding a benefit; he usually performs at holiday parties and birthday parties. Freeland says his father, Al Freeland, has been his inspiration to raise money for the food shelf and Feed My Starving Children.

“My sole inspiration has been my father; he has always worked to feed the hungry,” said Freeland. “He has instilled compassion in me to reach out to those who cry for help, to be appreciative of what we have and to not take for granted our gifts and to share with those in need.”

The show will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church and is free and open to the public. There will be a free will offering available. The show is family-friendly and has a little something for everyone, according to Freeland. He performs magic that is close-up and happens with the audience as they participate.

“I will perform magic for all ages,” said Freeland. “I will be calling volunteers to the stage throughout the show and also teaching how a number of the magic tricks work. No matter how you feel about magicians and magic tricks, I guarantee you will be baffled at many of my routines that are mostly based on the teachings of some of the best magicians in the world.”

Pastor the Rev. Charlie Ruud says that donating time and money to help end hunger is common for members of Bethel Lutheran Church.

“The issues of hunger and serving those who don’t have enough food or struggle to get food is a passion at our church,” said Ruud. “Our church has a long history of supporting the local food shelf. We are able to provide a venue for Tim’s show and some support for him and it’s all for a cause we are passionate about.”

While generating funds for charity is a big part of this event, it is also about having some fun.

“I wanted to time this event around the school’s winter break and to give families a change to get out of the house and enjoy some amazing illusions,” said Freeland.

Reach reporter Ashley Klemer at 645-1115 or follow her on @AshleyKlemer.

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