Amazing School Assembly Programs

New York Spirits – Adult Program

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This Show REALLY Draws In Adults!
Stories of Real Haunted New York Homes & Places!
Exhibits of Ghostly Artifacts!
Interactive Audience Participation!
Spooky Events May Occur!
Suitable for Any Setting or Size of Audience!
This One Hour Long, Self-Contained Program Comes to YOU!

Easy to arrange – just email Cris at
or phone 716-940-8963!

New York Spirits (4)Adults are often one of the hardest group for libraries to reach. They are too mature for your children’s programming, and not interested in most of the topics that appeal to older kids or teens. Many presenters do not know how to reach and appeal to their needs and interests.

That’s where this program comes in. Educator/Entertainer Cris Johnson has spent the last 15+ years presenting fun-filled library programs and fun speeches and school assembly shows to clients all over North America. Each summer he presents fun shows in libraries for Summer Reading Club to help stimulate interest in reading and increase circulation in libraries. Many libraries have him back year after year because he has proven that he really know how to entertain audiences of all ages and sizes.

What you may not know is that Cris also works with adult groups to provide exciting and relevant programs for corporate groups such as General Motors, United Airlines, Bank of America, and many others. He has presented programs on a variety of different topics and lectured and taught both teachers and corporate groups.

Now you have a great opportunity to bring in a program especially geared to reach ADULTS. Experience has shown, this program has real appeal. As you may have guessed from the title on this web page, it’s called:

New York Spirits

New York Spirits (3)Do you want a program that really appeals to adults? Would you like to see more adults in your library? Would you like to have them get excited about learning and investigation?

Cris Johnson, a master at holding audiences’ attention, has produced another new program geared just for your adult library patrons. New York Spirits is a 60-minute collection of stories and legends taken from non-fiction accounts of ghostly investigations and haunted happenings. Cris tells tales of spirits who supposedly haunt Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo, Fort William Henry Museum, the Utica Lunatic Asylum, the Red Coach Inn of Niagara Falls and other places, Tales of the Fox Sisters who were at the forefront of spirit communication, the truth about the Amityville Horror house, and many more. New York Spirits is a presentation adults will love. Cris brings a collection of ghostly and unusual artifacts and will try to initiate contact with spirits. Your guests will see strange artifacts, learn about spiritualist powers and hear stories of maddeningly scary events.

  •  Does a wooden toy box hold the spirit of a young girl who died violently?
  •  Can a child return from the dead through a bell?
  •  Will a murdered British solder leave a written message for the living?
  •  Can a mysterious lock guide spectators to the correct key?
  • Does the spirit of a murdered bride possess a wooden box?
  • What is the truth of an old artifact of a self-described spirit medium?

Ghostly Tales of Haunted Places

A fascinating look into legends of the spirit world in New York. Hear stories, see displays, investigate phenomena, discover books and research from locations well-documented as having a link with the dead. As always, Cris includes many references to the books, papers and online research he has used while investigating ghosts right here in New York.

New York Spirits (1)How many strong, professional programs are there being offered to the adults in libraries? If you have searched hard, you may have found a couple. Most presenters do not cater to adults because they do not know what adults want to see or what they are interested in. Cris Johnson has the background in presenting programs to audiences of all sizes and ages to know. The New York Spirits program is ideal for adult audiences. It will not only attract them to literature but encourage them to use the library to find out more about topics which really appeal to them.

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Elementary School Assembly come again

“Thanks again for Friday night’s performance! Here’s what our patrons had to say: ‘I enjoyed putting the props with the stories, it made it seem more real that way!’, ‘The doll in the cage scared the **** outta me!’, ‘I loved everything he said!’, ‘When is he coming again?'”

Heide Robinson, Library Director
Wimodaughsian Library
Canisteo, NY

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“Cris was a very self-sufficient and flexible performer. The audience was very engaged and entertained, with several true shocks and surprises. Great mix of history, surprises, and the supernatural.”

Kirstra Otto, Library Director
Greece Public Library
Greece, NY

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“Thank you again for the great program. Here are some of the comments from our patrons that attended: ‘Very Entertaining,’ ‘Clever way to tell stories – loved the artifacts,’ ‘It was a fun hour-great time of year for the subject matter.’ Everyone thought you did a good job.”

Melissa Lindberg, Librarian
Clifton Springs Library
Clifton Springs, NY

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“It was mind-boggling – I don’t know how you did what you did! It was awesome, I loved it!”

Stacy Wicksall, Library Directory
Macedon Public Library
Macedon, NY

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“It was a great performance! He kept me wondering what was next! Cris was very knowledgeable. I thought it was very interesting and informative.”

Nancy Raymond, Library Director
Genesee Public Library
Little Genesee, NY

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“This is a perfect program to get in the ‘spirit’ of the Halloween season. The way the ‘artifacts’ come to life is amazing! Cris is a joy to work with. I can’t wait to host one of his programs again. Great program!”

Glenice Peel, Library Supervisor
Big Flats Library
Big Flats, NY

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“Teens and adults loved the Spirits program. They jumped when the spooky artifacts moved on their own. They leaned forward in their chairs during the stories and demonstrations. Cris is great to work with – he helped arrange tables, talked at length with the teens afterward, and was very engaging.”

Doris Jean Metzger, Teen Librarian
Steele Memorial Library
Elmira, NY

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“Cris Johnson does an excellent job captivating and entertaining the audience. His storytelling is superb. It’s clear he knows his material well and does a wonderful job educating while entertaining. I jumped in my seat more than once as his paranormal happenings thrilled and entertained.”

Tina Dalton, Youth Services Coordinator
Cuba Circulating Library
Cuba, NY

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“Fascinating history of sites, regardless of whether you believe in ghosts or not! Great thrills and scares!”

Theresa Streb, Library Director
Lyons Public Library
Lyons, NY

“I loved your program–it was a great mix of spooky and fascinating and informational. The patrons loved it, too! The props were amazing! I was thinking about them all weekend. It was great to work with you–your online forms were very helpful and you always responded very promptly to emails. Thanks so much!”

Amy Henderson, Adult Services Librarian
Irondequoit Public Library
Rochester, NY

“WOW! Thank you SO MUCH for the fantastic, incredible performance you gave with your New York Spirits program at the Eden Library on Halloween night. Attendance exceeded our expectations and your rapport with the audience kept everyone on the edge of their seats! Patrons loved the show. You did a fantastic job engaging everyone in the tales – I’m hearing so much great feedback from community members who attended and even MORE buzz from those who didn’t make it (lots of ‘well, when is he coming back?’) We truly appreciate your taking time to visit us that evening. I’m definitely looking forward to working with you again!”

Donna-Jo Webster, Library Director
Eden Library
Eden, NY

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“This was one of our most popular programs of the year! Our patrons enjoyed the audience participation and were very happy with the program. Highly entertaining and educational. Thank you so much!”

Carol Ellen Kowalik-Happy, Librarian
Olean Public Library
Olean, NY