Edutainment - Schools & Libraries
$100 bill

What president is pictured on the $100 bill?

Benjamin Franklin?

Well actually he was not a president, was he? Neither was Hamilton on the $10. Who were are these great Americans?

Schools and libraries are primarily interested in shows that also educate. I have developed a number of exclusive edutainment effects that make learning fun. Which ones I use depends on the age of the target audience. Some are science experiments. Others teach that math and history are actually fun and these effects may awaken curiosity the lead to individual study. All of these tricks involve the kids both in the audience and as "on-stage" volunteers. Here are some Examples:

  • Famous People born in Connecticut: Kids identify pictures and tell what they know about characters from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Ella Grasso, from PT Barnum to George W Bush. I teach additional facts about these people and there is a funny and magical conclusion.

  • Numbers: A banner shows the numbers in "proper" order: 4, 2, 3, 5, 1, 6. The kids scream that this is not the proper sequence. With a magical pass the numbers all move to the proper sequence on the banner.

  • Magic Math: Kids create 6 4-digit numbers and then are asked to add the numbers (usually with a calculator). I announce the totals in just a few seconds - much faster than the calculator.

  • Money: Kids are asked to identify the pictures on various paper currency. What do they know about these great Americans? Then they choose one of the bills and muse about what they might buy. Older kids may talk about making change. My earlier prediction matches their choice.

  • Renaissance: I use this when dressed as a Medieval magician. What was life like 500 years ago? What did we eat? How did we make a living? What about festivals and faires? What phrases do we use today that bloomed in the Renaissance ("Saved by the Bell", "Graveyard shift", etc.) and, of course, what magic was performed?

  • Mona Lisa: A large framed jigsaw puzzle of the great masterpiece is shown with a single piece missing. Who was Da Vinci? What was life like? What were his other accomplishments? One kid randomly picks a puzzle piece from a duplicate puzzle and it matches!

  • Great Lovers: (Christian school or church message) Four reproductions of great masterpieces are shown. Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Lancelot and Genevieve, and Pocahontas and John Smith. A kid randomly selects one picture and it shows the greatest love story of all - God's love for us.

  • Open Book Test: Spectators choose a book, then a page, then a word on the page. I can name the word and usually the context. If there is a picture I describe the picture. If there is a map I am able to give turn-by-turn directions from one location to another.

  • Primary Colors: Kids call out a primary color and I magically produce a handkerchief of the named color from an empty tube (a paint can without bottom). Note that I can instantly produce any of a dozen such colors. Then from the empty paint can many handkerchiefs of various sizes 12 inches to 6 feet,.are produced

  • Libro: a large book that is also a ventriloquist puppet performs several magic trick while we talk about a subject that is appropriate to the class or group.

Of course these teaching tricks are mixed with traditional, humorous,and spectacular magic. But even these may have an educational twist. I don't just pull a rabbit out of a hat, I tell the fascinating story of how a quick-thinking 19th century magician developed this trick to stay out a jail. The cups and balls are considered the oldest trick in magic because they are pictured on the walls of the pyramids. They are perhaps also the oldest swindle. How do people recognize and avoid swindles? Library and school shows are generally about 45 minutes or even 30 minutes. They may be repeated several times for different classes. Sometimes I perform in an auditorium; but earlier in the day visit some of the classes to meet the kids and show one or two teaser tricks. Occasionally I get a call from a parent who wants to have a birthday party at the school with, of course, the teachers approval. This is not only a memorable gift to the child; but may also elevate the child to celebrity status on the natal day. Recommended Audiences

    • Children (of all ages!)

    • Family groups

    • Schools (Assemblies and Classrooms)

    • Libraries

    • Summer Camps

    • Church Groups

Characters who perform for Schools and Libraries:
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Wizard of OZ Renaissance Froghearts School Modern

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

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