Lisa Laird has been a puppeteer since the year 2000 but branched out into ventriloquism in 2005 in order to use the benefits of puppetry in her preschool classroom. Like many professional ventriloquists, Lisa began her training through the Maher Ventriloquism course. She completed all three levels of the Ventriloquist in Training program offered through Creative Ministry Solutions, and has received private training from Stephen Knowles, Ken Groves and Mark Wade.
Lisa has also entered competitions to challenge herself and has received four Gold awards from Creative Ministry Solutions, as well as First Place in the Axtell Video Contest in 2013. She has been asked to perform at various conferences sponsored by Creative Ministry Solutions. In July of 2014 and 2018 Lisa was one of the featured performers at the International Ventriloquist ConVENTion.
Since “retiring” from teaching in 2008 Lisa has been traveling full-time as a family entertainer with her cast of characters known as Pockets Full of Fun, providing programs which entertain, encourage and educate children of all ages!
Many people have said wonderful things about Pockets Full of Fun. Here is just a sample of their kind words:
“We had Lisa and her Pockets Full of Fun for our Summer Reading Program kickoff at the Sioux Central School in Sioux Rapids, Iowa. I cannot say enough about Lisa. She is professional and prompt, her stage and backdrop are wonderful. And her puppets are the most fun of any I have ever seen. Her magic was excellent. The children were preschool through 5th grade and they were the absolutely the best behaved I have ever seen them. Lisa made them part of the show and interacted with them from the very start. She met them at the door with a puppet. From then on they were under her spell. Her magic had us all enthralled and everyone in the crowd felt they were part of the magic and creativity. I heard from so many of the teachers and the children how much they loved her and the program.”
Martha Landsness, Sioux Rapids Memorial Library
“Lisa is a very fun-loving person and one is quickly drawn to her captivating personality. She captivated the children that had graduated from Kindergarten to those who had finished sixth grade.”
Jan Van Solen, Hull Public Library
Lisa Laird and her Pockets Full of Fun program is absolutely fantastic! The kids respond to her easily and she has no trouble holding their attention. Her program is both entertaining and educational. I have been impressed every time I see her perform! She is excellent!
Diane Duitsman, Lake View Library
Pockets Full of Fun is a class act! Lisa’s puppetry is wonderful. One child who had seen the show last year remarked before the program, “Are these the puppets that talk by themselves?” The answer to that is a resounding “yes”! The stage and props are visually exciting and the entire show is very professional. Lisa incorporates educational facts, music and magic with distinctive puppet characters to create a show that is lively and engaging.
Julie Morren, Beresford Public Library