REVIEWS

It's true...Chris is the "Real Deal" when it comes to great school & library assemblies!

     We can say "we're great" all we want, but it's our clients and audiences and their opinions that really count! Watch this!

 

 

We don't have to say "we're good", our clients say it for us!





"The teachers and staff were extremely happy with your program, your content was perfect and the kids loved, loved, LOVED you! You really touched their hearts and they were glued to your every word. Thank you so much for making the trip over and spending time with us!"
DoDEA Schools Activities Coordinator, Stuttgart, Germany


"Parents, students and staff all thoroughly enjoyed your assembly! Our principal, Nuh Celik, commented "I've been with Concept Schools for 12 years and this is the best assembly I've ever seen!" The kids keep asking "Will the puppet guy come back next year?" I've been in education for 31 years and you are top notch!  Your message and presentation were phenomenal!  What a gift you have!  Thank you so very much for sharing it with GSA!"
Kathie McCann, Dean of Students
Gateway Science Academy, St. Louis, MO


"We've had all the others...and YOU are by far THE BEST assembly we've ever had!
We would be honored to have you back!"
Dr. Tanya Patton, Principal
Nelson Elementary School, Edwardsville, IL


"I received excellent feedback from other teachers and I thought you did great.  The students really enjoyed your performance.  We would like you to come back again next year!"
Chrissy Sapinski, Teacher
Deer Creek-Mackinaw Primary, Jr. High School
Mackinaw, IL


"One of the if not the BEST anti-bullying assembly we have EVER had! And we've seen them ALL!"
Farmington Elementary School, Farmington, IL

"We've hired many educational performers over the years, so we can be tough to impress. That said, I wanted to tell you that in all my years your assembly on bullying is the best we've ever had!"
Kathy Schumann, Principal
Lincoln Elementary, Brookfield, IL

"We only hire programs that have significantly educational value and content. Chris was PERFECT!"
Beebe Elementary School, Naperville, IL

"VERY positive feedback from students and teachers!  If you haven't had Chris at your school, call him!"
Bower Elementary School, Warrenville, IL

"Just wanted to thank you for an EXCELLENT PROGRAM yesterday! I had many teachers come up to me and say how much they enjoyed it.  You provided a great amount of humor while still getting across a serious
message.  The kids were SO ENGAGED and entertained the whole time! 
I've already heard mention about having you back to do one of your other programs next year!  Thanks again!"
Delwood Elementary School, Delwood, IA

"Despite the topic (bullying), McBrien kept the mood upbeat and had the kids laughing from start to finish and interacting frequently during the hour long presentation. He often interjected personal stories of being bullied as a kid and passed along the advice he was given by his grandparents and teachers on how to deal with bullies."

Daily Herald Article, Washington Elementary, Elgin, IL

 "Thank you again for you WONDERFUL presentation at Murphy School!  We have had so many positive comments about it!"
William F. Murphy Elementary School, Woodridge, IL


"By FAR the BEST Anti Bullying Speaker we have ever had! Your Anti Bullying Message not only reached and inspired the students, we (the faculty) were also deeply moved and inspired as well. We would recommend your Anti Bullying assembly to all schools interested in helping students and staff approach and solve their bullying issue."
Wilkins Jr. High School, Justice, IL

"Stone School students, teachers and staff could not have been more pleased with Chris' performance!  His engaging assembly maintained the attention of all our students,grades EC -5, through his delightful use of humor using characters students could easily relate to. More importantly, his message of good character & citizenship was well received by all.

The kids can not stop talking about the Magic Storyteller!"

C. Pfaff, Principal
Stone Elementary School
Addison, IL (Chicago Area)


"Five Stars!"
Clinton Elementary School, Clinton, WI
"Our school had Chris  into our building to kick off our year, and our message of "Have a Heart" and living your life with strong morals and good character.  He provided some excellent large group assemblies in the morning for our primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-5).  The assemblies sent a strong message that was both age and student appropriate.  In the afternoon, Chris provided individualized grade level workshops.  Chris' high energy and enthusiasm kept the students entertained throughout the entire show as he walked them through the Pillars of Good Character  through the use of puppetry, magic and hilarious behaviour!  The "magic" words used throughout the show were "Choose, Lead & Succeed".  I HIGHLY recommend that you "Choose" to invite Chris into your building for his character building assemblies, watch Chris as he "Leads" the students through the Pillars of Good Character, and finally see your students "Succeed" as individuals in the classroom and your community as they remember and live out Chris' message on a daily basis!"

Andy Fekete, Teacher
Clow Elementary, Naperville, IL

"I am very careful when booking an assembly for our school because our PTO works so hard to earn the money, and because I want to make sure each program has a strong message and enough entertainment value that makes it worthwhile for our students and staff.  Chris McBrien, the Magic Storyteller, certainly brings both of these things to his performance.  He immediately grabs the attention of his audience and keeps it throughout his show.  His messages about the Pillars of Character are very clear and strongly emphasized.  He is also a professional entertainer who uses his talents of magic and ventriloquism to maintain the attention of many different age groups.  Additionally, I told Chris we were supporting a children's book that is a guide to daily happiness for kids.  Chris purchased the book for himself and incorporated many of the items from the book in his show.  This validated  what we have been doing here at school, in terms that our age group easily understood.  I would certainly recommend Chris to any school wanting a similar program.  It was awesome to see our staff laughing right along with the students!"


Brad Hevron, Principal
Indian Knoll School, West Chicago, Illinois

"More educational content in the first five minutes of the program than other presenters we've seen have in their ENTIRE program...and we've seen them ALL!"

Marvin Kiper, Teacher
Kathryn Winn Primary, Carrollton, KY


"Stone School students, teachers, and staff could not have been more pleased with Chris' performance!  His engaging assembly maintained the attention of all our students, grades EC-5, through his delightful use of humor using characters students could easily relate to.  More importantly, his message of good character & citizenship was well received by all.  The kids can not stop talking about the Magic Storyteller!"

C. Pfaff, Principal
Stone Elementary School, Addison, IL (Chicago Metro Area),

"It is very difficult to find assemblies that appeal to a wide variety of ages.  The Magic Storyteller was outstanding!  Students from Pre K through 6th grade enjoyed the program.  The program not only entertained the students, but it also provided useful information for them.  Great Job!"

Principal John Stanton, Principal
Northwest Elementary, Evergreen Park, IL (Chicago Metro Area)

"Chris McBrien is GREAT!  His energy and enthusiasm coupled with his magic provide entertainment that keeps the students' attention.  His messages within his show are valuable and represent the themes and philosophies that we preach each day to our students to encourage them to be good citizens!  A GREAT SHOW for kids and adults as well!"

Terry Kowalski, Principal
Bannes Elementary School, Tinley Park, Illinois

" THANK YOU, Chris!  Your assembly on Character Counts was AWESOME!  The students were ACTIVELY INVOLVED in the presentation!  You kept them ENTERTAINED and LAUGHING while delivering a VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!"

Sue Hofferica, Principal
Center School, Orland Park, Illinois

"What a terrific assembly!  You shared an important message to the students and kept it fun for ALL!  The students are still talking about the puppets!"

Mary Bell, Teacher
Leggee Elementary, Huntley, IL

" Our school has seen a rising need to give our students moral training.  The Magic Storyteller came to our school and TAUGHT OUR STUDENTS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT in an ENTERTAINING WAY!  ALL students K-8 were FULLY ENGAGED and left the show UPBEAT and MOTIVATED!  We were AMAZED and how INVOLVED and EXCITED our students were during the show!  It was really great to be able to give our students such a great LEARNING OPPORTUNITY that was also a LOT OF FUN!!!"


Megan Thornton, School Counselor
Eagle Ridge School, Silvis, IL (Quad Cities IL & IA Area)


"I just wanted to let you know how much our students enjoyed your assembly today.  I have taught in the elementary grades for over twenty years, and this was one of the best character education assemblies we have ever invited to our school.  The presenter was obviously experienced with young children.  He kept them attentive, entertained, and maintained excellent audience control while delivering his character message.  This program was well worth our time!"


Cathy Wittrock, Third Grade Teacher

Cedar Springs Elementary, House Springs, MO

"The students were GLUED TO HIS EVERY WORD!  He had excellent control over the audience while teaching them to be in control of themselves.  Entertaining yet the message of good character was taught!"

Kay Schultz, Resource Teacher
Pleasant Prairie Elementary, Kenosha, Wisconsin

"AWESOME!  Our kids REALLY enjoyed the show!  His message is PRICELESS!  Teachers have have already asked to have Chris come back to our school at the beginning of the year!"

Karen Drake, Student Support Liaison
Lapel Elementary School, Lapel, IN


"The students and staff at Bethalto West Intermediate School thought the Magic Storyteller was one of the better assemblies that we have had!  We loved the tie into reading (Character Counts with tie-in to Reading theme) and the students were energized during the assembly.  It had information that the students could relate to and it also held their attention.  I believe all kids love a good story that grabs their attention and Chris modeled so many things that the teachers use in their teaching: voice, exciting word choice and fluency.  The day was a huge success!"

Todd Hannaford, Principal
Bethalto West Intermediate, Bethalto, IL


"We absolutely adored your program!  Loved the message!  You kept them spellbound!  We'll definitely have you back!  I'm still hearing great feedback from the students and adults days later!"

Elizabeth Bols & Staff
Toulon Elementary, Toulon, IL
(Northern Illinois)

"Great Program that combined character education & humor!  Our students were attentive and took the importance of the message. Great for K-6 students!"

Matt Busekrus, Assistant Principal
Claude Brown Intermediate, Troy , MO


"Chris did a great job with our students.  The were very into his magic and message the whole time he was in front of them.  I have often seen students lose interest in a program and didn't see that at all.  I heard many positive comments from our teachers and students. Everyone really enjoyed it!  He did a great job, I'll be contacting Chris again I'm sure!"

Cathy Tucker, Teacher
Lake Hamilton Schools, Lake Hamilton, AR

"The assembly was great and appropriate for the students.  Chris had good control, high interest and great participation from the audience.  Thanks for kicking off the Character Counts theme! 
I was impressed with his crowd control and also felt he nicely got the point home to our students.  Also...I want his puppets!!!"

Teachers
Gower West Elementary, Willowbrook, IL (Chicago Metro Area)

"What a wonderful way to present Character Traits!  Hopefully we can make this an annual event!  We will be sure to spread the word!"

Mrs. Nowak, Administrator
New Enterprise Academy, O'Fallon, IL

"One of the best programs we have ever had!"

Dr. Connie Brawley, Principal
Spoede Elementary, St. Louis, MO

"The Magic Storyteller is a high-energy show that keeps the children's attention during the performance.  The storyteller's moral message reinforces our school's character education!"

Dr. Gayle Crawford, Principal
West Frankfort Intermediate School, West Frankfort, IL


"I just wanted to say "thank you" for coming to our school.  The students truly enjoyed your presentation.  This was on of the most effective Character Education Assemblies I have ever seen.  Your interaction with the students was brilliant.  I was amazed to see all of our students leaving the gym in such a quiet, polite manner!  The students were still talking about your assembly days after you were here!  Thanks for making that hours so enjoyable and productive for students and staff!"

April Hertenstein, School Social Worker
Buford Intermediate, Mt. Vernon, IL

"This was an amazing event.  The kids loved it and the parent/student turnout was better than ever.  The show was fun, interactive and educational.  5 Stars!"


Grace Green, 1st Grade Teacher
High Ridge Elementary, High Ridge, MO
(Character Counts Daytime Assembly & Family Night)

"The Magic Storyteller's character concepts were perfectly aligned with what our elementary school practices each day.  The students felt comfortable due to the consistency of his program in regards to ours, but his message came from a fresh face (and voices) which gave our building an invigorating shot in the arm!  Positive comments came throughout the day from students and adults alike, and we could not have asked for any more than what we received that day.  Thank you so much, Chris, it was a blast!"

Mike Adair, 5th  & 6th Grade Teacher
Northeast Elementary, Goose Lake, IA


"Our school continuously teaches students to be respectful and responsible.  We had Chris McBrien for an assembly to kick off the new school year and lead our Anti-Bullying Week.  He brought an outstanding variety of performances that relayed the messages and kept the students entertained.  Our school is grades K-4.  He really knows how to work with students!"

Reginald Patterson, Principal
Longwood Elementary, Glenwood, Illinois

"Chris did a fabulous job engaging our students and keeping them on their toes.  What a great message to send!  We'll continue having him back year after year!"

Patrick Shelton, Principal & Curriculum Director
Lewis & Clark Elementary, Wood River, Illinois

"Thanks again for a wonderful performance!  This was a great way to kick off our new school year.  "Bullying" was talked about in a kid friendly manner with many strategies that they can put into use!  I enjoyed the "Team Bully Free" lessons and tie-in with character!"

Janet Willey, School Social Worker
Minooka Elementary School, Minooka, Illinois

"Thanks so much Chris for the great show!  I think it was enjoyed by ALL!  I hope you had a safe trip home and hope to do business with you again in the future.  What a great program!"


Ann Wall, PTO Event Coordinator
DeWitt School, DeWitt, IA

"The Magic Storyteller, Chris McBrien, had a great message about bullying for the students.  His magic and storytelling kept their attention, taught them a message and had them wanting more!  His show was very entertaining!"

Gary Wise, Principal
Molden Elementary, Troy, Illinois

"Magic Storyteller was an exceptional and engaging assembly for our students.  They were enthralled with the puppets and Chris has a wonderful way of telling stories that left the children talking about it for days afterward.  Fantastic Job!  We will definitely call upon Chris in the years to come."

Angela Stallion, Principal
Pioneer Path Elementary, Channahon, IL (Chicago Metro Area)

"Chris the Magic Storyteller captivates his audience no matter what the age is!  We have had The Magic Storyteller for two years and LOVE his shows!  He is always professional and very easy to work with."

Kitty Copple, Reading Teacher
Westridge Elementary, Ballwin, MO

"Great message and wonderful show!  We loved it and will definitely have you back!"

Cindy Conley, Coordinator
Pierremont Elementary, Ballwin, MO
St. Louis Metro Area

"WHAT A BLAST!  Thanks so much for visiting us in Litchfield!  I have heard MANY compliments about your performance!  Children and adults fell in love with the Magic Storyteller.  The Magic Storyteller and his puppet friends are a MUST SEE performance!"

Trish Hamilton, PTO Coordinator
Sihler School, Litchfield, IL

"I wanted to tell you that you received rave reviews from the kids as well as the adults.  I really enjoyed the show and so did Dr. Hutcheson (Principal).  You were WONDERFUL!"


Kris Chapman, Administrative Assistant
Dardenne Elementary, O'Fallon, MO

"He related well with all age groups, brought the i
mportance of reading into his performance and had wonderful student involvement!  Great show!"

Ruth Ann Tobey-Brown, Principal
Denkmann School, Rock Island, IL

"Wonderful program, great message.  We really enjoyed it!"

Matt Andrews, Principal
Mary W. French Academy, Decatur, IL



"WONDERFUL SHOW!  VERY ENTERTAINING & EDUCATIONAL for the students!"

Principal & Staff
N.O. Nelson Elementary, Edwardsville, IL

"We enjoyed the message, humor and magic!  We liked the way you incorporated the positive message into your act.  Chris was very professional and easy to work with!  The Be Drug Free Show was fun and entertaining as well as educational for our students.  It sent a positive message in a creative way!"


Neeley Curtis, Social Worker
Belle Valley North, Belleville, IL

"Our Magic Storyteller assembly was FANTASTIC!  The young K-2 students at our building were extremely engaged with the magic, puppets and more importantly, the message!  Chris interspersed the character education message throughout the entire performance!  Thanks again!"

Principal & Teachers
Hamel Elementary, Hamel, IL

"I was really impressed with how attentive our at-risk class was during the assembly.  The program was great!"

Mike Morriss, Principal
Freedom Elementary, Waynesville, MO


"The Magic Storyteller is truly magical!  Chris McBrien came to our elementary school for a family reading night, and mesmerized the entire audience with his exceptional program.  He was funny and informative at the same time, and kept the kids glued to their seats!  The next morning my 6 year old son asked me when the magic man was coming back again.  We would definitely be interested in booking him for another program or assembly at our school!

Susan Kosinski, Reading Night Chairperson
Schafer School, Lombard, IL

"WHAT A BLAST!  Thanks so much for visiting Litchfield.  I have heard MANY compliments about your performance!  Children and adults fell in love with the Magic Storyteller.  The Magic Storyteller and his puppets are a MUST SEE performance!"

Trish Hamilton, PTO Coordinator
Sihler School, Litchfield, Illinois

"The evening show was WONDERFUL!!! Our parents and students enjoyed your show! THANKS AGAIN!"

Glenn Barnes, Principal
Knox Elementary, Knox, IN

"This was an amazing event!  The parent & student turnout was better  than ever!  The show was fun, interactive and educational!  5 STARS!"


Grace Green, 1st Grade Teacher

"The Family Night was a HUGE SUCCESS!  Chris' enthusiasm brought many students families to the event.  We had not had a turnout like this on an after school event yet, so we were VERY PLEASED with the show!  I heard positive feedback from many people that attended.  They liked the way he kept the audience involved, the show running smoothly and fun was had by ALL!  We look forward to our Spring event to reiterate the importance of reading.  Thanks for everything!"

Cheryl Penning, Teacher & PTG Coordinator
High Ridge Elementary, High Ridge, MO



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incerely,
The McBrien Family
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