L. Frank Baum's Wizard of OZ
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OZ

Believe in Yourself - Follow Your Dream

Our most popular character, The Wizard of OZ, works well in almost any venue. I have modeled this character after the popular children's books by Frank Baum and the movies by Warner Brothers and, most recently, Disney. Oz is a charming sideshow magician around the turn of the 19th century. Young children are comfortable with this friendly character and so are adults.

Calliope music and a sideshow barker sets the scene for the side-show magician who begins by collecting tickets. "Don't worry if you don't have a ticket," he announces, "I take cash!" With that, he circulates through the audience pulling coins from behind the ears and under the chins of spectators. From there the show can move in a variety of different directions depending on the venue and age of the audience. Most of the magic is typical of the early 20th century, including the magical appearance of Merlin, the magic bunny (After the show people can pet Merlin).
History: The popular children's book author, Frank Baum, was fascinated by his famous contemporary, Thomas Edison, and many of the miracles in his books are based on Edison's inventions. Edison was known as the Wizard of Menlo Park. Shows for libraries and schools introduce the children to these two famous Americans and some of Edison's inventions.
The main message of Baum's books was "Believe in Yourself and Follow Your Dreams". Some of my shows feature a reenactment of the famous section of the books where the Wizard tries to grant wishes. Children play the roles of the Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Dorothy. The Lion wants courage, the Tin Man wants a heart, the Scarecrow wants a brain, and Dorothy want to go home to Kansas. The wizard uses magic to produce the props; but it becomes clear that we usually fulfil our dreams by first believing we can accomplish them.

For Church School programs the rainbow image is used to remind youngsters of God's promise to Noah, Listen carefully to the circus music used in this show and you will discover a delightful surprise.

 

  • Recommended Audiences
    • Children audience
    • Elementary School Classes
    • Brownie troop events
    • Sunday School Class and VBS events
    • Outdoor Event
      While most of our shows are best presented indoors,
      The Wizard of OZ show works well out of doors.

When you book the Wizard of OZ to perform there are lots of resources and ideas you can consider. There are books to read and movies to see. Party stores have lots of appropriate decorations. Here are some resources:

 

OZ with characters

DVD Movie trailer ar Warner Brother's Site

 

OZ G and P

Disney Movie Trailer

 

Baum Book

Frank Baum

Edison

Thomas Edison Web site

 

        Are we in Kansas, Toto?

 
 
For more information or to book a magic show  please contact:
Jim Lang
24 Primrose Drive - Trumbull, CT 06611-5043
Voice: 203-377-1747

Jim@wizardjim.com