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John Carlson Magic & Ventriloquist Shows
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The laughter that is created by the John Carlson Magic Show is very contagious and sometimes dangerous. Once a lady fell off her chair and nearly crushed a young child, so seat belts may be required. The laughter can be so extreme at times that audience members may pass out, get dizzy, or burst a brain vessel. If you are overweight, we are not responsible for lost buttons. Do NOT operate heavy equipment after seeing John's show.

This show has NOT been approved by the FDA and is Not recommended by your Doctor,after all. laughter is GREAT medicine and that would put him out of a job. Hiring another magician from your Internet search will result in nausea , vomiting and a stupid feeling when one of your guests say "where did you get this guy from?"The show features magic, ventriloquism, comedy, music, audience participation, live dove and bunny rabbit, balloon animals, magic souvenir prizes. John is an International award winning entertainer who performs strictly for the family audience. Nothing but good, clean fun for audiences from ages 2-92. What does 19 TV appearances on NBC's Conan O'Brien Show as well as International performances in Budapest, Hungary and The U.A.E., thousands of school, library and birthday parties mean for you?It means your audience will benefit from the twenty years of experience he has performing for family audiences. "Absolutely Hilarious"- Conan O'Brien, NBC' Late Nite.

John got interested in magic at 12 years of age. He got his first magic kit from his older brother. His mom always made sure he had the best birthday parties and she was his best audience member when he performed his first magic tricks.

John Carlson worked as a New York City Police Officer for 20 years. He started as a beat cop in Brooklyn, then worked in the SPECDA/DARE Program teaching school children about the dangers of drugs, and personal safety. He finished his career as an NYPD Officer in the Harbor Patrol shortly after 9/11.

In this picture, John appeared in 'Ripley's Believe it or Not' as a result of a civilian complaint for riding in his patrol car with a dummy on his lap.

John Carlson has recently authored the bestselling book, "Magic for Kids, Not for Dummies". Receiving rave reviews, the book teaches YOU easy to learn magic tricks that you can use to fool friends and coworkers! Be sure to ask John for a complimentary autographed copy when you book your event.

John you really helped make Kino's birthday a special and memorable day for him. He really enjoyed you!! I was very impressed with your professionalism & care for the children. I hope our paths cross again.”

- Jimmy Smits, TV's NYPD BLUE

“The show was fantastic, Mingus really enjoyed you! I am going to recommend you to everyone.”

-Supermodel Helena Christiansen

“Man! That show was GREAT! You made my son feel like a million dollars!”

- Actor Norman Reedus (Blade 2, Deuces Wild, Boondock Saints)

-Rocky the Puppet sings for Tony Bennett!

“You not only entertained the kids, but the adults wouldn't stop talking about your show. You should be an actor”

- Clem Caserta (Analyze This, Casino, A Bronx Tale, Goodfellas & more)

“I could not figure out how in the world you made that Gatorade bottle disappear. You are my favorite magician!”

- Dennis Byrd - NY Jets

“I really enjoyed the magic show, it was fantastic. Lily and her friends thought you were so funny”.

- Isabel Rose, Movie Star & Singer (Anything but Love)

“Through the years we have had every type of entertainment at our children's parties that you could imagine. Nothing compares to the magic of John Carlson. I can see why he gives such a strong guarantee, he's the best there is”!

-Michael Modell

“The Children enjoyed his performance so much that they wouldn't let him leave until his puppet said good-bye one more time.”

- Matt Corman, The New York Times

“Over the past three years your shows have proven to be wonderfully entertaining not only for the children but for the adults as well. I have heard nothing but positive comments from the attendees at the picnics regarding your performances.”

-Kathleen Southerton, Stony Brook University Hospital

Your ability to relate to the children and experience as a performer was evident. The program contained variety, creativity and humor to keep our diverse group entertained. You are the best magician we ever had, and I really mean that!

-Laura Gruninger at “Mercer County Library System (NJ)

“Our members found your performance, mystical, enchanting, and hilarious. We will definitely be using your services again next year. Since we had trouble getting you this year, please put us on your calendar now. Thank you.”

-Mark Errol King, Dir., “Pathways for Youth”