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Some Folks Sure Like Steve & Harry

Like Daniel Pinkwater (commentator on "All things Considered" and famous children's author). C.P. Crow wrote a profile of Steve Charney for the New Yorker Magazine entitled Illusionist. He quotes Mr. Pinkwater as describing Steve as a "scholar of various types of lunacy." Of Steve's sense of humor, Mr. Pinkwater said, "I think it's primitive and juvenile and absolutely perfect."

Countless people agree that Steve's sense of humor is just what they like. From the students at the schools where Steve and Harry often perform, to the grizzled teachers of those students, folks are just plain laughing.

The principal of an upstate New York school wrote to Steve:

"On behalf of the staff and students at our Middle School, I would like to thank you for a wonderful assembly program. The presentation was most appropriate for our students. And it provided them with a cohesive and enriching experience that has left them with a positive lasting impression."

Aw, shucks.

Nathan, a nine-year old patron of the Woodstock Public Library, was overheard telling this to his friend: "I laughed so hard, I peed in my pants."

Or this from Rachel, age 8  "I laughed so hard, I tipped over."

Janice Toomajian, a Librarian (we love Librarians) writes:

"Although it's been over a month since you performed at Tamarac and Parker Elementary Schools, your programs remain clear in my mind . As recently as one week ago, a teacher --on summer vacation, mind you-- commented on how great the assembly was. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Teachers were more enthusiastic than I've ever heard them. "

She continues:

"If any school or community group is wavering in it's decision to hire you, please send them a copy of this letter. With your show, they just can't go wrong."

We really really love Librarians. Janice concludes:

"Promoting Literacy with magic,music and ventriloquism was a terrific show which held the kids' attention and gave them much food for thought. I loved the way you blended books with everyday life. Books aren't a school subject, they're an aid to living and a delight. You made that clear..and you made us laugh through it all. I laughed harder on June 7th than I have in ages. (My response to the Avenging Librarian was very entertaining to the children around me; I was a great sideshow.) Thank you for your wonderful program."

Thank you, Janice!

According to Parenting Magazine, Steve's Knock On Wood CDs has "no redeeming social value whatsoever. It is merely the funniest thing you could give your child this year."

And one more from a parent in Kutztown, PA:

The kids and teachers LOVED the shows! They are still talking about it! Everyone agreed it was the best assembly all year. Steve Charney are two of the most spoken words in our houseright now. Marcellus has also been practicing his reading with your books and thinks they are hysterically funny. He laughs so hard he loses his place! He is really enjoying the books! Soooo..... thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

Brandy Rapisarda




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