Sunday, September 6, 2009

High School Football Season Begins!

Here are some highlights from the Burke County Bears vs. Ware County game this past Friday, September 4th 2009! Go Bears!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Summer Reading 2009 Comes to an End

Greetings Educators!
Well, the 2009 Summer Reading Program has come to an end. I performed the "Creative Reading Extravaganza" in almost 100 libraries starting at the end of May until the second week of August. Now the show is ready to make it's debut in schools throughout Georgia and South Carolina. My cousin Morgan, who has been my assistant for the last three summers, played her trumpet in this summer's show to go along with part of the theme. That means that I am about to have to brush up on MY trumpet skills as she has left for college and it's now up to me to do that part of the show - thankfully I did not pick difficult songs in the routine!

For any of you on Facebook, feel free to look me up and be my friend. You can then see some crazy and silly videos that Morgan and I always make over the summer - it's what happens when you spend hours and hours and hours in the car together on the road. Just be warned - they are completely random and goofy! My facebook is

There is also a new show in the works that will be geared towards High School audiences - it will, of course, be both entertaining and educational and pertain to a subject covered in 3 out of the 4 grade levels. More details will be coming soon!

Finally, I have a brand new book coming out called "Magic of Mystery and Horror" that contains magic routines that are similar to the routines I perform in my "Authors of Mystery and Horror" program. It should be back from the printers in the first week or so of September. I'm attaching an image of it for you here! This is for middle and high school students and I'm super excited about it!

Well, it's time for me to go jogging with my wife and little girl. Just a week or so left before the school season starts up in full swing.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Critters, Critters, and More Critters

Hello Everyone,
I am going to post a few pics of some of my critters on here and I'll even try to post a video of a hissing cockroach having some baby cockroaches - 30 babies to be almost exact! If you can't see the video, it's probably because your school's filter blocks youtube, but you can still see it at home I'm sure!

First up, here is a picture of the hissing cockroach having the babies! Reagan and I were lucky enough to be able to see this happening in real time so I immediately reached for the camera and the video camera! The babies come out all while and then slowly turn dark like the parents after a few hours. There first meal is the egg sack that comes out after they do - then the mom finishes off what's left of it! Pretty gross sounding I know! So, without further ado - here is the picture!

Now as these guys get a little bigger, they will provide sustenance to our bearded dragon, scorpions, and tarantulas! Yum, yum! Next up, we have our emperor scorpion lounging in his cage - actually, he is not lounging, he is very unhappy that we are disturbing him by taking his photo and I'm sure he would love to get his claws on me!

For this last part - for now anyway, I am going to show you the famous Cornbread - our corn snake that is one of the main parts of the program! He is a very nice snake 99% of the time and children of all ages have petted him after his performances. However, there is one time that you do not want to mess with him - and that is the 1% of the time that he spends eating! You see, once he smells a mouse he turns into evil Mr. Cornbread and he will try to eat anything he can get to - mice, fingers, hands, etc. So, once the mouse gets in the cage it's time for some quiet time for Cornbread while he swallows and digests his food! Enjoy the pic below, but be forewarned, if you don't like to see snakes eating stuff - you may want to stop here! You have been warned! Just remember - your students will love to see it!

I will post some pictures of Cornbread in various poses soon along with pictures of the ball pythons, tarantula's, and bearded dragon as well. But before I go, here is one last photo of the Giant African Millipede that was used in this year's program, the "Reading Safari Show." She did a great job and only pooped acid on me a few times!

I'll try to get the video added to this blog soon of the birth of 30 something baby hissing cockroaches!