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Performer's Database

theater masksThis performer listing was created by the South Dakota State Library as a service to public libraries and other organizations that want to hire quality performers for their children's programs. Inclusion in this listing does not constitute an endorsement or promotion of any individual or group listed. Not all performers work well under all circumstances and with every age group. The South Dakota State Library strongly advises all libraries and organizations to carefully check references before hiring anyone.

Performers, use this form to submit your contact information. This form can also be used to update your previously listed information as well. Please fill it out as completely as possible and your submission will be reviewed by our content committee before inclusion on the website. Thank you!

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Anthony Clark, The Singing Storyteller

Anthony Clark

Program Description: The Singing Storyteller, Anthony Clark, combines classic teaching tales with lively original songs and kid-friendly comedy to create fun, unique programs for schools, libraries and festivals.

Contact: 207 Apple Tree Court, Columbia, MO 65203
Email Link

Further Details: $575 for first performance, $225 each additional performance at same event/trip; Statewide Travel; For Preschoolers to School-age children.
Category: Comedy, Music

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Clowndimonium Fun Family Entertainment


Program Description: Clowndimonium magicians and clowns are available to entertain with magic, comedy and juggling demonstrations.

Contact: Al “Sparky” Jastram
518 16th St. N., Moorhead, Minnesota 56560
Email Link

Further Details: Cost varies in price based on travel and type of performance; Willing to travel through most of South Dakota; For All Ages
Category: Clowns, Comedy, Juggling, Magic

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Hanson Shows

Hanson Shows

Program Description: Juggling, Unicycling, Magic, Puppets, Storytelling and loads of fun stuff.

Contact: Christa Hanson
206 N Locust St; Kanawha, Iowa 50447
Email Link Web Link to Hanson Shows Facebook Page Web Link to Hanson Shows You tube Page

Further Details: Statewide Travel, Nationwide; For All Ages; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor
COST: Mileage, Program Fee;
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops

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Jason Huneke, Juggler

Jason the Juggler

Program Description: Juggling stage show, perfect for summer reading events. Interactive program is about 35-40 minutes in length. The show is choreographed with music, features audience volunteers, and many different forms of juggling, unicycling, and manipulation that showcase Jason's skill level and entertaining ability.

Contact: Jason Huneke
Zumbrota, Minnesota
(507) 398-2599
Email Link

Further Details: Pricing for the 35-40 minute show is $300 including all travel to most Libraries in South Dakota; Multi-Library bookings are almost always $300 per library; No travel expense, and will supply own sound equipment; For All Ages
Category: Comedy, Juggling, Theater

Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters

Jay and Leslie's Laughing Matters

Program Description: Juggling, Mime, Magic, and Other Nonsense

Contact: Jay Cady
P.O. Box 1312, Mission, KS 66222
Email Link Web Link to Jay and Leslie Facebook Page

Further Details: All Ages; Nationwide; School, Library; Mileage, Lodging, Program Fee (detail below), $300 + travel (block booking discounts)
Category: Comedy, Juggling, Magic, Storytelling, Theater, Workshops

Jim Perry Magic

Jim Perry Magic

Program Description: We take one part humor, one part audience participation, and one part magic to create laughs, wonders and illusions customized for your patrons! The show kicks-off by asking every child to stand up create some magic follow-me style, and continues using ordinary objects from around the home to create extraordinary illusions. Things vanish and appear. The laws of physics are rewritten. After the finale we provide magic and/or juggling tutorials so fun can continue after the show is over.

Contact: James Perry
P.O. Box 5
Vermillion, SD 57069
Email Link Web Link to Jim Perry Magic Facebook Page Web Link to jim perry magic Twitter Page Web Link to jim perry magic insta gram Page

Further Details: Statewide/ Nationwide Travel; For All Ages including Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult; Venue types include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor
COST: Mileage/Travel Reimbursement;
Category: Comedy, Magic

Jeff Quinn, Magician

Jeff Quinn

Program Description: Jeff Quinn does a FANTASTIC Summer Reading Program magic show that always fits with the current SRP theme. Shows are usually 40 minutes long and include lots of audience participation, family-friendly humor and (of course) amazing magic. Jeff is the winner of the North American Children's Magician of the Year competition and the 100th President of the Society of American Magicians, so you know you'll be getting a top-notch, quality performance that appeals to all ages.

Contact: Jeff Quinn
18880 Leavenworth St., Elkhorn, NE 68022
(402) 339-6726
Email Link Web Link to Jeff Quinn's Library Magic Show Facebook Page Web Link to Jeff Quinn Magic Twitter Page Web Link to jeff quinn magic You tube Page

Further Details: Nationwide Travel; For All Ages; Venues include School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor.
COST: Mileage/Travel Reimbursement; Program Fee
Category: Comedy, Magic

Jonathan May - Family Magician

jonathan may show

Program Description: Family Magic Show

Contact: Jonathan May
4415 NE Trilein Dr.
Ankeny, IA 50021
Email Link

Further Details: All Ages; Statewide (South Dakota), Nationwide; School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor;
COST: Program Fee
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Magic

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Magician Rick Eugene

magician rick eugene logo

Program Description: Comedy Magic With lot's of audience participation. Magic Shows for Special Events -- Mind-Blowing Close-Up Magic Shows -- Learn Magic From Rick Eugene -- Absolute Science: Watch and take part in awesome experiments!

Contact: Rick Eugene Brammer
1653 W George Washington Blvd #5, Davenport, IA 52804
Email Link Web Link to Magician Rick Eugene Facebook Page

Further Details: Nationwide Travel; For All Ages
School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor, I can work anywhere; COST: Mileage/Travel Reimbursement;
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Workshops

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Noise Guy

Noise Guy

Program Description: Fractured fairy tales using vocal sound imitations. Mr. Williams shows children and teens how to animate their stories, storytelling, journaling, reading and drawing using vocal imitations.

Contact: Charlie Williams
Email Link Web Link to noise guy Facebook Page Web Link to noise guy's You tube Page

Further Details: $350 per show/ $600 multiple events per day; Venues include schools, libraries, outdoors and indoors; Statewide Travel, Nationwide; For All Ages, focused for Preschool and Elementary;
Category: Comedy, Storytelling, Workshops

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T. J. Regul, The Quad City Magician

Photo of Quad City Magician

Program Description: Programs filled with the highest energy and most audience participation in your area. A family friendly magic show that will have the children and adults at your library literally rolling on the floor with laughter. This show has more smiles, more laughter, more energy and more results than you have ever had before!

Contact: T. J. Regul
2720 E 35th St., Davenport, IA 52807
Email Link Web Link to TITLE Facebook Page

Further Details: All Ages; Nationwide; School, Library; Outdoor, Indoor
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Magic

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Backstage with a Rodeo Clown

Rodeo Clown

Program Description: Duane Reichert transforms himself from street clothes to the unique, outlandish costume, makeup and mannerisms of a professional rodeo clown. With the use of short comedy skits and animals, he shares the dangers, the comic relief, and the suspense surrounding his life.

Contact: Duane Reichert
16398 Hay Draw Road, New Underwood, SD 57761
605-985-5575 or 605-347-5793
Email Link

Further Details: vary in price between $500-$1000. (Arts Council matching funds may be available); Hotel reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Comedy, Storytelling

The Rockin Rob Show

Rockin Rob Show logo - man with guitar and puppet playing guitar

Program Description: The rockin rob show is a completely interactive & educational musical kids show & rock concert, geared for children ages 2-10 & families, that promotes fun & education, through music & movement.

Contact: Rockin Rob
21232 North Sail Away Dr., Overbrook, KS 66524
Email Link Web Link to Rockin Rob Show Facebook Page

Further Details:Preschool, Elementary; Statewide (South Dakota); School, Library, Outdoor, Indoor;
COST: Lodging and program fee of $300; multiple booking discount available for any additional libraries (surrounding areas) that book same day/same week etc. Requirements include a small performance area and electric outlet.
Category: Comedy, Music, Puppetry & Ventriloquism, Storytelling, Workshops

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Mr. Twister

Mr. Twister

Program Description: Mr. Twister is a full time chilrdren's entertainment specialist & a regional favorite. His shows are packed full of fancy twisted balloons, magic tricks, stories, audience participation & BIG FUN!

Contact: Bob Anderson
2100 S. Euclid Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. 57105
605-338-9928/ 605-310-0365;
Email Link Web Link to Mr Twister Facebook Page

Further Details: $150-$500; Mileage and Hotel reimbursement; Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Balloons, Comedy, Magic, Storytelling

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