A national magician set to perform during the children’s summer reading program this week has canceled after receiving threats to herself and staff, the Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) announced Tuesday.
Renowned Iowa Magician Mikayla Oz was set to perform as part of Wild Wednesday at the CCPL and Wright Branch Library but canceled due to safety concerns after a Gillette citizen shared information concerning Oz’s transgender identity on social media and spread misinformation regarding her pending performance, per a July 13 release.
The social media post went viral and resulted in a group of citizens protesting the event. The cancellation, however, reportedly came after threats were made directly to Oz and to library staff, according to the release.
“With great regret shared by the (CCPL), Oz canceled her programs in Gillette and Wright due to safety concerns for herself and library patrons,” the release stated.
Oz has performed at libraries, schools, and other events across the Midwest with great reviews. She has been featured several times on the national stage by The Associated Press, USA Today, and The Huffington Post for her award-winning magic and comedy.
Oz’s performance, with her high-energy magic and hilarious comedy, was to be a highlight of the libraries’ summer reading events.