For grades: K-6
Touring area: CT, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, VA, VT Will fly elsewhere.
Fees: $325 for first performance; discounts for additional performances same day, same school.
44 Asbury Drive
Smithtown NY 11787
Your performances were wonderful - we were particularly impressed with your preparation. You really brought magic to the books you highlighted for each grade level. --- Pines ES, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Description of program:
The Magic of Reading is a magical way to kick off a book fair or special Reading Event- this lively 45 minute show uses magic effects to highlight the magical way reading lets us learn new things, meet famous people, and visit faraway lands. Your audience will laugh at Terry's re-telling of some classic stories, scream with delight at his attempts to use a cookbook, and marvel as a classmate re-creates the legend of King Midas by actually making money appear from thin air!
The highlight of this show is a high-energy audience participation game that will have your whole group applauding and cheering their classmates. This program can be adapted for different grade levels, and can also be tailored to fit your reading program theme, such as Read Around the World.
Terry's other school assembly program, Healthy Me, the Way to Be, is a wonderful complement to your school's current substance abuse prevention program. Rather than using negative imagery, Terry's show offers positive alternatives and emphasizes personal growth and responsible decision making. He discusses the need for support systems from friends and family, and the benefits of exercise and a balanced diet. While the subject matter is important, the program deals with these issues in a fun, entertaining manner. Healthy Me can also be adapted for different grade levels, and can include specific themes on your request.
As a full-time school performer, Terry knows how important it is to return students to their classrooms in a quiet, appropriate manner. While the students will get excited and enthusiastic during the performance, they will be brought back to earth for their classroom return. Teachers and administrators have commented on Terry's excellent audience rapport and control over even the largest groups.
About Terry Parrett:
Terry Parrett is one of Long Island's busiest family entertainers, appearing at over 400 shows annually. His programs, The Magic of Reading, and Healthy Me, the Way to Be, have been seen by tens of thousands of elementary school students throughout the Northeast.
Terry is well-known and respected within the magic community, as an author of over 50 books, magazine articles, and columns on the subject of performing for children and families. In 1997, he was named Contributor of the Year by Laugh-Makers Magazine, where he is a Senior Columnist.