|Look for a crowd like this...only less green and more red, white, and blue.|
|A very cool mural, author, and museum.|
There was also the show at the Friedman Library in Augusta where I had the front row all hold up their finger to fill the bottom of my pan to see that it is empty before producing a snake. The first child to reach his finger up didn't fill the bottom INSIDE the pan, but instead heard me say, "Feel the bottom" and put his hand on the bottom of the outside of the pan. Everyone else, who watched him do this, then repeated the same thing so that no one actually felt the inside of the pan at all. For the rest of the show (I have them do this with 3 separate pans at different times) they continued to always touch the bottom of the outside of each pan. It was a classic case of "monkey see, monkey do."
There have been some GREAT reactions to the critters, including a few grown-ups who have gotten up and ran out the room - normally at the very beginning with the snake magically appears and then oftentimes a second wave of screams and scooting backwards when the hissing cockroach makes his appearance during the middle of the show. But overall, I have really enjoyed being able to let the audiences come up and see the animals up close after the show is over - some of the children have never seen many of the critters - especially so up close and personal. Here's a few photos of children petting the new snake after the show:
|I have enjoyed using this guy in the show this summer - he's doing a great job and meeting lots of folks!|
Happy 4th of July everyone!
P.S. I almost forgot about the article mentioned in the subject - whoops! Here's a nice little blub in a local newspaper in Barnwell, SC. The millipede did a wonderful job posing for the pic!