Thanks for your interest in the art of storytelling!

I love being a storyteller, and am always pleased when I have opportunities to share personal stories, world folktales and western history narratives. As a touring performer and workshop presenter, my work has taken me all around the country. I provide workshops and entertain audiences of all ages at schools, libraries, concerts, conferences, festivals and community events. Most recently, I’ve been telling stories to audiences in senior living communities, including people dealing with memory care issues.  

 

Whenever I can, I like to add a simple magic trick to my shows, so when I wrote the 2010 program, I considered Soft Soap, a trick that involves magically cleaning three small silks. Since I had used this trick during my clowning days, I knew it was a crowd pleaser. I wrote dialogue for Squirrely Shirley to tell me she needed help with her laundry. Since the trick requires a new cardboard box each time, I visited my local magic store for supplies. I discovered that the tear-up box used for that trick had gone from 25 cents to $1.99 each (yes, I’ve had this trick for a long time). I decided to see if I could find a substitute box. In the cereal aisle of the grocery store, I found Attune’s Uncle Sam cereal. The box is not only perfect in size, shape and eye-popping design; it contains good-for-you cereal! Best of all, a box of Uncle Sam cereal costs about the same as the not-too-exciting empty box at the magic store!  I was happy. Then I made arrangements to get a supply of the cereal so I would have a box for each of the shows booked for our summer tour.  

During the show, Shirley and the audience helped me “clean” her towels by doing a little song and dance. What fun it was when I tore up the box once the magic was over and Shirley learned that her use of the word disposable did not mean wonderful.

Here’s a short video segment of that part of the show.