The 2020 Summer Reading Program theme presents a unique challenge for me. I'm sure many librarians have sensed it as well. How to you make a "Fairy Tale" Summer Reading Program theme appealing to older children? It's not easy..but it's not impossible, either. The first thing I concentrate on is having strong magic tricks. Tricks that will baffle both young and old. Next, I have to not only create a plan to deliver those tricks in a way that coincides with the theme, but I als
If you thought the "Out of This World" magic show was amazing, wait until you get a load of "Magic, Myth & Mirth"! Yes, the show will be fairy tale themed, but don't let that fool you. It's going to be a great show for young children, older kids, parents and even grandparents. If you've ever had me at your library before, you know that my show plays well for all age groups, and Magic, Myth & Mirth is no exception. This show has it all...wizards, dragons, royalty and much more
One thing you need to know about me is that I love visiting obscure tourist attractions. I always have. I've seen big balls of string, Mystery Spots and odd museums from coast to coast. Yes, I'm the kind of guy who actually stops to read those historical markers on the side of the road. Performing at libraries across the Midwest gives me a chance to see some remarkable things that just make me giddy. Corn Palace? Been there. Wall Drug? Wouldn't miss it. Carhenge? Definitely!
Every now and then something wonderfully weird happens. I've just finished my swing through Western Nebraska where I performed at libraries in Hastings, Harrison, Chadron, Hay Springs, Crawford, Morrill and Sidney. But it was in Bayard where something memorable happened. It was my first show of the day at 10 a.m. and it was an outdoor show. Usually I am less-than-enthusiastic about doing outdoor shows in the summer because of the hear, but it was a pretty pleasant day, so I d
I absolutely LOVE visiting new libraries and making new friends. For the past two days I've been doing both at five libraries in Kansas. Every year I do just one or two libraries in Kansas, but this year the Sunflower State libraries surprised me! Coffey Co. Gridley Branch & Burlington Branch along with The Bradford Memorial Library in El Dorado, The Emporia Public Library and the Marion Public Library all had me entertain their guests. Next week I'm back for two shows at the
One thing I hear over and over again from librarians is that they really appreciate it when I customize my shows for the annual Summer Reading Program theme. To let you in on a little secret, I ENJOY putting together a new show each year. Yes, it's sometimes frustrating and yes, it's expensive and time-consuming, but it keeps me fresh and lets me exercise my creativity. The "Out Of This World" magic show has been so much fun to work with. I've found that I have more material
I love this time of year! The nights are getting cooler, the leaves are turning color and Halloween looms on the horizon. It also means I get to work at Vala's Pumpkin Patch. For those of you who aren't familiar with Vala's, it's a farm that encompasses a wide range of activities and experiences for families. It's 100% family-friendly and I've had the pleasure of working there for about 15 years or so each season. In the Pumpkin Patch world, it's sort of known as the "Disneyl