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Tales From Beyond – YA/ Teen Program

bannerTales From Beyond – Young Adult / Teen Program

Do you want a program that really appeals to Young Adults? Would you like to see more teens reading? Would you like to have them get excited about learning and investigation? Cris Johnson, a master at holding audiences’ attention, has produced a brand new program geared just for your Young Adult Crowds. “Tales From Beyond” is a fantastical exploration of Assorted Oddities. A personal experience in the Strange & Unusual! “Tales From Beyond” is a presentation Young Adults will love. Cris brings a collection of artifacts collected over the years and presents stories and tales of mayhem, mental powers and the macabre. Teens will see strange artifacts, learn about mentalist powers and hear stories of unbelievable events.

talesfrombeyond• By sharing an old letter, listeners will discover evidence from the 1892 murder of Lizzie Borden’s parents in Fall River, Massachusetts.

• From a collection of turn-of-the-century portrait photographs, someone from the audience will determine who lived and who died on the Titanic.

• With pins in hand, several audience members will seek the truth about a 1920s era Louisiana voodoo doll and its victim.

• Someone will determine which of three shrunken heads from Ecuador must be returned to the British Museum.

• Part Pseudo-Psychometry, part Mystic Mentalism, part Bizarre Storytelling, and part just plain all-out creepy fun, “Tales From Beyond” is just what this age needs to give their minds (and their goosebumps) an exciting trip into experiencing the unknown!

How many strong, professional programs are there being offered to the Young Adults in schools and libraries? If you have searched hard, you may have found a couple. Most presenters do not cater to Young Adults because they do not know what YAs want to see or what they are interested in. Cris Johnson has the background and the experience in education and libraries to know. The “Tales From Beyond” program is ideal for teen 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.

This Special Middle School-Aged Program Is Perfect For:

– PTA Family Nights
– After-School Programs
– Summer Reading Programs

– Libraries
– Halloween Events

Important Information About This Young Adult / Middle School Show…

– Geared for ages 11 to 17!
– Poster available to publicize the event!
– State-Of-The-Art Sound System included for larger groups at no additional fee!
– Stories of the strange and unusual that really appeal to young adult crowds!

– Exhibits of curious artifacts!
– Interactive Audience participation!
– Memorable surprises!
– Suitable for nearly any setting or size of audience!


“The tweens and teens definitely thought the act was creepy and cool! This show featured a lot of historical mysteries that a lot of kids did not already know, so they got a LOT out of it! The kids LOVED the creepy artifacts and the Reanimator was a big hit!”

Merrie Haumann, Library Staff Member
Ahira Hall Memorial Library
Brocton, NY


“The teens enjoyed the weaving of historic accounts in with the illusions! Very entertaining and good visual program use of the artifacts!”

Lynda Page
West Elmira Library
Elmira, NY


“Fantastic program! One of the BEST young adult programs we have ever had at the Sully Branch Library. ALL of the teens were extremely engaged and fascinated with Cris’ combination of storytelling, historical knowledge, and unique set of artifacts. Not only did our teens have fun, they learned a lot of important historical and cultural facts. Every teen who attended the program wants Cris to come back as soon as possible! The teens really enjoyed the stories and artifacts relating to voodoo, the Titanic, Lizzie, Borden, and many others.”

Tim Ryan, Young Adult Services Librarian
Sully Branch Library
Rochester, NY


“Our show was AWESOME! My group had such a great time listening to and participating with all the different stories. A guaranteed awesome, spooky time! Highly recommended!”

Katie Smith, Teen Services Librarian
Wood Library
Canandaigua, NY


“Cris Johnson’s ‘Tales From Beyond’ show had the teens riveted from the start. The stories and audience interaction with artifacts such as shrunken heads and old photos of passengers of the Titan had the teens talking long afterwards. I recommend this program!”

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

greatstoryteller“Cris is a great story teller! The artifacts he brought were great, and we loved the history behind the artifacts.”

Kimberely Graham, Librarian
Wimodaughsian Free Library of Canisteo
Canisteo, NY


“‘Tales From Beyond’ is fun and exciting, a very lively and interesting program! The show features a good blend of storytelling and facts. Best of all, Cris is very easy to work with!”

Theresa Streb, Lyons Library Director
Lyons Library
Lyons, NY


“The guests really enjoyed the whole show–the stories, the paranormal coincidences, the presentation, and the presenter! Cris was great to work with, very professionals and personable. I liked that he plugged librarians and books! I’d recommend his show to any libraries–and will! I hope we can have him back again soon.”

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


“WOW! Totally awesome show–our audience was blown away! Also learned quite a bit about some historical facts. I recommend for libraries to have Cris Johnson come and present a show.”

Kate Puehn, Librarian
Elma Library
Elma, NY


“I loved the Reanimator! This was creepy fun!”

Larry Schultz, Library Staff Member
Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord
Springville, NY