Caden Barksdale, 9, makes money appear out of thin air by giving a magic show at Lake Tye Park. The money he raised, $156, went to Monroe’s Take the Next Step, a community resource center for people in crisis.
Caden came to his interest in public service, and Take the Next Step, through activities with his church.
“My husband is a pastor here we spend time over there helping with dinners, and he felt convicted to help the homeless people in Monroe,” said his mother, Shannon Barksdale.
Caden’s dad is Justin Barksdale, pastor of Monroe Nazarene Church.
Caden has a long-standing interest in magic, said his mother.
“One of my sister’s good friends is a professional magician and has been teaching him tricks,” said Shannon. “And then he looks up things on Youtube and studies tricks.”
So was Caden anxious about his first public performance?
Not really, said his Mom.
“It was a little bit windy, but he went with it and did a really good job,” she said. “About 30 people came, and he wasn’t nervous, surprisingly, just really excited.”