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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Cain, Ron Scientific Secrets of Magic Workshop Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
Scientific Secrets of Magic reveals the scientific principles behind the tricks of magician Ron Cain’s trade. Children learn simple magic involving chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The Syracuse University graduate and former teacher also offers other workshops that combine class instruction with hands-on activities: IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
$201- $350
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Comedy/Variety Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning
A Barrel of Fun comedy/variety shows may include music, magic, ventriloquism, juggling and lots of audience participation. We have performed over 10,000 shows at a wide variety of venues. We have performed programs in almost 300 libraries, including almost 150 libraries in NY State. We have well over 500 repeat library programs to our credit. Our programs are appropriate for preschool through elementary children and families.For the 2016 Get On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, Read summer reading theme, we are suggesting: Professor Klutzo's Healthy Habits (a comedy- variety show), and Catfish Charlie's The Great Outdoors (Comedy/Music). Comedy shows available are: Professor Klutzo (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic, ventriloquism and juggling. Pete The Pirate (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic and ventriloquism. Bongo Joe (World-wide percussion,stringed instruments and ventriloquism with soft puppet characters.) Catfish Charlie (Comedy/Variety) Camp songs with audience participation, comedy and ventriloquism. Rattlesnake Red (Cowboy character/musical variety) Comedy and ventriloquism. Puppet Shows-See our listing under Puppet Shows. See website for specific descriptions and photos. Many shows are theme-adaptable.
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Exploring American Folk History,
Music,
Other
Traditional American Folk songs and tunes tracing sections of American history with the use of a U.S. map. I will show the Old Chisolm Trail (The Lonesome Cowboy) and Oregon Trail (Sweet Betsy From Pike), the path of the Underground Railroad (Follow the Drinking Gourd), the Erie Canal and others. There will be opportunites for singing along and creative movement. Instruments will include mandolin, guitar, vocals and traditional American instruments mountain dulcimer, limberjack, and banjo. There will also be a crankie - a traditional American folk art form from the Appalachian Mountains. I will also explain the importance of folk music throughout history. This can be presented with a power point presentaion.
$201- $350
DeLuca, Michael Yello Dyno Safety Party Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Other
Presented in a fun non-fearful fashion the fully scripted assembly program uses the Yello Dyno Puppet, bright visuals, and entertaining songs to help young children K-2 relax and laugh as they learn personal life skills that will last a lifetime. The benefits of the program include: education without fear through music, assuring easy learning and high recall; and learning to recognize the deceptive behavior of people who mean them harm and how to recognize the tricks of tricky people.
$351- $500
DeLuca, Michael Internet Safety Workshop Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Other
A dynamic Power Point Presentation designed to teach children in grades 4-6 skills to safely navigate the Internet. On-line lures and cyber-bullying are discussed.
$351- $500
Tolliver, Lisa SAT/PSAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Test Prep Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other,
Other
SAT Success! Learn what's on the SAT, differences and similarities between the SAT and ACT, and strategies for improving your scores and increasing your speed and accuracy. Professor Lisa Tolliver (AB Harvard, MBA+post-grad Columbia, NYS DOE Teaching License) has helped hundreds of students master the SAT and improve their scores. She works with large groups, small groups, and individuals, including honors students, speakers of ESL (English as a Second Language), students who have autism, ADHD, and Asperger's Syndrome, and students who are re-taking the test.
$1001- $3000
Latta, Tim ME PLURIBUS UNUM History,
Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
In ME PLURIBUS UNUM, we get a hilarious lecture-demonstration cum stump speech by the wanna-be Queen of the United States of America. In her negative attack campaign, she unwittingly makes the case for democracy as we know it, and shows us how lucky we are! As she argues that an absolute monarchy is so much easier than democracy (no questioning necessary, no thinking involved!) she points up the value of civic participation and involvement in our government. Her ironic criticisms of the American system cover the separation of powers, how laws are passed, taxes, and freedom of speech. At the end of her harangue, she demands a vote to end democracy in America so she can achieve her American Dream: to become queen of the greatest nation on earth. In the end she sees the paradox behind her dream. You can’t be queen of the greatest nation on earth if you take away everything that makes it great. It’s not Me pluribus unum, but E pluribus unum: out of many, one. Felicity Jones
$351- $500
Lagan, Constance Online Introductions: The New Blind Date Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Other
In the old days, single people often relied on friends and family to introduce them to potential partners. As we well recall, this introduction was greeted with a variety of emotions, from down-right fear to in-the-clouds excitement. It was known as the “blind date.” Today, the blind date is often replaced by online dating and what our friends and family often did for us in the past the computer now does. Whether you have been online for years, in the “should-I-really-do-this?” phase, or somewhere in between, this seminar provides you with information, caveats, step-by-step instruction and encouragement. Motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan discusses the five top-rated online dating sites, photos, profiles and profile headers, winking versus e-mailing, phone conversations, the first meeting, conversation starters, online dating scams, and online dating safety tips.
$201- $350
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Music Programs Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun offers a wide variety of music programs, both educational and comedy based. All of our performances include a various assortment of instruments. All shows are audience interactive. Music programs offered are: World Tour of Music (Educational and entertaining) American Music Tribute (Educational and entertaining) Bongo Joe (Percussion and stringed instruments) Ukulele Art (Music with vintage ukuleles and comedy) Ukulele Lady (Music with vintage ukuleles) Uke Nuts-musical duo, featuring vintage ukuleles. Programs for children and grownups. Catfish Charlie (Camp songs & comedy) Rattlesnake Red (Western & comedy) Some shows are theme adaptable for summer reading programs. For the 2016 library summer reading theme, Get On Your Mark, Set, Read. We are suggesting the following programs: Catfish Charlie's The Great Outdoors- (Comedy/Music), and Bongo Joes's Get Movin'- (Music/Comedy). (See website for descriptions and photos)
$201- $350
Zimmermann, Linda Ghost Investigator History,
Other
Based upon over 15 years of investigating haunted sites, this program explores some of my best cases. The program can be tailored on specific themes--historic, ghostly love stories, murder, regional, national, etc., or simply present the most recent cases from my "Ghost Investigator" series of books.
$201- $350
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