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Wildman Phil is popular entertainer at library

“Wildman Phil” shows off his “made in China” tarantula during a show at Cordes Lakes Public Library on July 25. <br>BBNPhoto/Pat Williamson

“Wildman Phil” shows off his “made in China” tarantula during a show at Cordes Lakes Public Library on July 25. <br>BBNPhoto/Pat Williamson

Wildman Phil, aka Philip Rakoci, is always a crowd pleaser. Children and adults crowded into the Cordes Lakes Library on July 25 for his very entertaining show. Tarantulas, lizards, chuckwallas, bearded dragons, blue tongued skink lizards, soft shell turtles were all on display, and in the snake category he brought a mountain king, corn snake and a Burmese python.

While showing the tarantula, Phil presented the "stunt" tarantula from China. The things he had the "stunt man" do are things that a real tarantula couldn't survive. And he said he knew it was Chinese because its label clearly stated "made in China." This is the way Phil presents his menagerie, and the laughter never ceases.

It's no wonder children learn the habits and abilities of the reptiles, spiders, and other species that Wildman Phil brings to his shows. Learning through laughter seems to be the theme, and the children responded through interaction throughout the presentation.

Phil is in demand because he gears the program to the age of the audience. While based in Casa Grande, he travels throughout the western states. He has played RV parks, state fairs, comedy clubs, elementary schools, and the list goes on. Thanks to the efforts of Librarian, Cindy Simmons, Phil was scheduled for this performance.

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