Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do you attend to church?

A. My wife, Rita and I are members of Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church, located in Moore, SC.

Q. How long have you been an entertainer?

A. I have been an entertainer for over 20 years, with many hours of “on stage time.”

Q. Do you travel and perform outside your area?

A. Yes, I try to travel by car as much as possible, but many times because of the distance involved, and my schedule I have to fly. Explaining to security about some of the weird looking items in my carryon can some times be exciting. I have had the privilege of performing in over 30 states and the Caribbean. And yes, because of the weird and different things I must carry for my program, I have been pulled aside by security more times than I can remember.

Q. Does your program work for all occasions?

A. I have spent years developing a quality program that works well in over 95% of the situations in which I am asked to perform. Many times, I am able to help by offering “easy fix” solutions that greatly improve the over all quality of an event. Simple suggestions like changing the order of activities, relocating the performance area, arranging the audience’s seating, adjusting the lighting, and the sound, picking the appropriate back drop, setting a comfortable room temperature, the table decorations and other “simple fix” solutions that most people never realize make a huge difference in the overall success of their event. If after talking with you, I feel that my program and your event are not a good match I will tell you and offer other alternatives that could better suit your needs.

Q. We want to have you for our Church Family Fun Night. What are the age limits for your family program?

A. My family program is entertaining for ages 5 to 105. Children under 5 would enjoy playing in the nursery. Restless toddlers squirming in their parents’ laps or wandering on stage to get a closer look at the colorful props can take away from the enjoyment of everyone else in the audience.

Q. How long is your show?

A. A show length of 50 minutes works best. It’s not too long or too short. Sometimes a 30-minute show is needed and other times a 60-minute show is requested. Let me know if you have a special time requirement.

Q. Can we have a ten or fifteen minute intermission in the middle of your performance?

A. No, people will enjoy themselves much more if the show is performed as one unit. The show is designed with a beginning, a middle, and closes with a inspiring Christian message.

Q. How long does it take to set up your show?

A. Normally it takes two and one half hours set up time before the audience arrives.

Q. How long does it take to break down, repack and reload your show in the van?

A. After the audience has left the room, 60 to 75 minutes are required.

Q. Is there anything we can do to help you speed up your set up and break down time?

A. Most everything must be done by me. But, it is very helpful if you can supply one or two adults to help carry equipment to the performance area. After the performance is over and everything has been packed by me. They can help carry the equipment back to the van.

Q. How far in advance should I call and book your show for my church event?

A. As soon as you determine the date. This way you are more likely to get your first choice of dates. I have booked shows as far out as two years and some as close as 5 days. You should call as soon as possible to reserve your date.

Q. What is the price of your program?

A. That is the first question on everyone’s mind, and I truly wish I could give you a simple “one price fits all” answer. We first need to discuss your program needs and expectations. The easiest and quickest way to give you a fee is either in person or over the phone. It only takes about 5 minutes of your time and it’s a lot quicker than sending e-mails back and forth, where questions often generate more questions.

Q. When I call for a price, will I have to deal with one of those well trained, high pressure, telemarketing type people that refuse to hang up?

A. No way! You will talk directly with me. Your time and your expectations are important to me. I will treat you with respect and make sure you get your best dollar value.

Q. Does a 30-minute show cost less that a 60-minute show?

A. No, there is really no charge for the show. The show is free because I love making people laugh and feel good about life. The charge is for the travel, the equipment, the preparation time, the insurance, the setup & break down time, and the years of trial and error and embarrassment I went through before I finally figured out how to do it right.

Q. Once I book your program for my event will you send me something in writing?

A. Yes, I will send you a contract or a performance agreement by FAX or mail. The purpose of this is to insure that you and I are in total agreement and that there are no errors or misunderstandings by either party. I would hate to show up at the First Baptist Church in Greenville, NC, when you are a member of the First Baptist Church in Greeneville, TN.

Q. When do we pay you for your performance?

A. Most of the time a deposit is required and should be submitted with the signed contract. The remaining balance is due on the day of the performance.

Q. Do you accept credit cards?

A. I accept checks, cash, and PayPal. You may use your Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express, by way of PayPal. My email is:

Q. As part of our evening we are planning on serving a meal. Can you start your program as the dessert is being served?

A. No. My show contains a lot of interaction with the audience. If people are eating, they will have food in their mouths, forks in their hands, and their full attention will not be on what is being said or happening on stage. It only takes about 10 minutes for everyone to complete their desserts. This is your special event and you want everyone to go home happy and remembering you for making it all a huge success.

Q. Can you perform your show outside?

A. Outside shows are extremely challenging, but they can be done successfully with the proper amount of preplanning. Call me and I will be happy to give you 100 benefits of an inside event verses an event held outside.

Q. For family events can the children come down front and sit on the floor so they can see better?

A. It is ONLY okay to have the children seated on the floor for an all kids event. For family shows the children must remain with their parents or guardians. Family shows are designed for families to sit together and experience the joy of laughing as a family. The kids will be able to see and enjoy the show better if they remain with their parents.

Q. Do you need an introduction?

A. Yes, I will supply you with a simple, short, easy to read introduction.

Q. Many singers and musicians have their CD’s and other souvenirs available after their performance. Do you offer souvenirs for purchase, and if so, do you need a table for displaying your items?

A. Yes, I have a product line of simple to perform illusions and teaching DVD’s. These products are moderately priced between two and ten dollars each. If you would like to have souvenirs available for your members and guest, please provide one rectangular table, near the exit door. If you prefer NOT to have souvenirs available, please let me know. It is your call.

Q. Will you need an elevated riser, platform, or stage to do your show?

A. It is always better to be slightly elevated when performing or speaking to a group. It just makes it easier for everyone to see and enjoy the performance.

Q. Can you use our church’s sound system?

A. Yes, most churches have a wonderful sound system and I am able to patch my microphone and music into the system without any problems. You just need to contact your church sound technician and make sure he/she is available for a sound check at least one hour before show time. The earlier the sound check the better.

Q. Our sound system is not that good. Can you bring your own sound system?

A. Yes, if I am driving and not flying I can furnish my sound system.

Q. Do you need a table on stage?

A. If I am flying to your church, I will need a 3 foot x 6 foot rectangular table on stage. My second choice is a standard card-table. If I am driving I will furnish my table.

Q. Is “Strange” your real last name?

A. Yes, it runs in the family. My father was “Strange”, my grandfather, and I understand my great grandfather was also “Strange”.

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