This 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.
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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
Program Description: Designs and performs programs for libraries using the current theme of the year. Performs magic, puppetry, ventriloquism, and storytelling in each 45 minute program.
Contact: Dave Tenneboe
Sioux Falls, SD
Discovery Mime Theater
Program Description: Discovery Mime Theatre's performances and workshops create fantastical worlds that tickle the funny bone and delight the imagination. Brian Begley and Mary Inman's original pantomime vignettes are filled with magical illusions, juggling, puppetry and dance.
Contact: Brian Begley and Mary Inman
P.O. Box 566, Vermillion, SD 57069
Further Details: Performances vary in price from $550-$750 (Arts Council matching funds may be available); Statewide Travel; For All Ages
Category: Dance, Juggling, Magic, Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Theater
Flutterby the Clown
Program Description: Flutterby provides an interactive program that can underscore a specific message or theme, or just be funny and filled with laughs and smiles.
Contact: Jean Bakken
Jay & Leslie's Laughing Matters
Program Description: An energetic and humorous program of juggling, mime, magic, radio plays and audience participation. Jay & Leslie have performed over 5000 shows in 30 states and 8 countries since 1980.
Contact: Jay Cady & Leslie Seifert-Cady
P.O. Box 1312, Mission, KS 66222
Jocko's and the J's
Program Description: Jocko and the Js show incorporates a little magic, in addition to the tricks performed by the monkeys. Concepts such as safety, cooperation, goal setting and learning are stressed during the show.
Contact: Jim Williamson
P.O. Box 890, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Pockets Full of Fun
Program Description: A Pockets Full of Fun program includes ventriloquism, puppetry, magic, stories and lots of audience participation. Lisa writes a new show every year that corresponds with the National Summer Reading program theme, but she also has programs which would work for Children's Book Week, Read Across America Week and other special events you many plan for your library. Lisa has written several children's books and has done author shows for libraries and schools as well. Lisa also does puppetry workshops.
Contact: Lisa Laird
317 7th St. NE Orange City, IA 51041
home: 712-737-2639; cell: 712-737-7760
Further Details: Lisa uses zone pricing so contact her for exact pricing. Program pricing range from $225-$450 depending on zone, no mileage charges for travel across South Dakota. Multiple show discounts are available. Lisa is a rostered artist for the Iowa Arts Council so grants may be available.
Category: Puppetry and Ventriloquism, Magic, Storytelling, Workshops
Reza | Illustionist
Program Description: Reza is recognized as one of America's Top Illusionist's. His innovative and inspirational approach to the art of magic makes his show one-of-a-kind.
Contact: P.O. Box 144, Brookings, S.D. 57006
605-692-7002, Fx 605-697-5050
Further Details: Contact for pricing and availability; Statewide/Nationwide Travel; For All Ages
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
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