This past weekend I took my toddler twins to see Tommy Terrific at the downtown library in Little Rock. The premise of Tommy’s show goes like this: Tommy is a big kid who’s there to see Uncle Fumpernutter’s magic show. But when it’s clear that Uncle Fumpernutter is nowhere to be found, Tommy decides to step in and take over. He enlists the children in the audience to help him, and with their help, and information found in the Magician’s Handbook, Tommy Terrific performs a series of impressive magic tricks.
Children crowded on the floor in front of Tommy and his huge pink magicians box and helped Tommy try and figure out how to make sense of the gigantic Magician’s Handbook. I won’t give away any of the tricks or jokes, but let’s just say that bread went flying through the air, sandwiches made themselves, and there were even a few card tricks thrown in for good measure.
My sons were a little young to understand what was going on (after all, all the world is magic to them at this age), but they certainly loved watching all the other kids trying to help Tommy. They sat transfixed for the entire show, which is a magic trick unto itself. The older kids were enthralled, laughing and aiding in the magic tricks with Tommy.
Tommy had a great rapport with the children, engaging their attention, reading bits and pieces of Dr. Seuss books, and by the end of the show there’s even a crazy bird that shows up! Tommy Terrific is based in Little Rock. To learn more about his show visit his site, www.tommyterrific.com.