Bradini wows the crowd at Pratt Library Susan Jakobsen World Staff Writer 06/23/1999 SAND SPRINGS—-The eyes of more than 160 children widened, and smiles broke into laughter when Brad `Bradini` opened his bag of tricks.

Bradini, also known as Brad Evans, wowed boys and girls of all ages at Pratt Library, 3219 S. 113rd West Ave., during two performances last week.

`Magic is all about using your imagination,` said Evans, who began learning magic tricks from books he checked out at Tulsa libraries when he was 8 years old.

Anthony Haubert wrapped his hands around the handle of a larger-than-life pistol as Evans instructed him to pull the trigger and shoot a yellow balloon.

When the balloon popped, a white dove spread its wings as yellow pieces of rubber flew over Haubert’s head.

A feather duster bloomed into flowers, a rope cut in half magically became one piece again, and a live bird turned into a rabbit.

`I don’t know how he did that,` said Lee Fairless, 7.

His 6-year-old sister, Libby Fairless, was impressed with the rabbit trick, and several others.

`I liked all of them,` she said.

Evans, a Tulsa native, graduated from Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa and works as a certified public accountant. He has been a professional entertainer for more than 20 years.

`I got a magic kit one year for Christmas. Over the years, I’ve developed my show. I’ve had a lot of fun with it over my lifetime,` Evans said.

Other events at Pratt Library this week include Puppets: `Electra and Friends Tame the Wild Wild West,` a program for children 6-12 from 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. and again from 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Thursday, and Story Time: `Little House on the Prairie` for ages 2-5 from 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Monday.