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
“Magic, puppetry and learning all rolled into an always entertaining and educational show. While each summer we book an ever-changing variety of entertainers there is one constant; Lisa, an amazingly talented ventriloquist, and her Pockets Full of Fun is a must for our summer reading program. She is also a must for our annual ‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ celebration. Pockets Full of Fun delivers a fresh show with lots of interaction, laughter, and learning for both kids and adults. We feel fortunate to be able to bring this quality of entertainment to our community.”
Krista Elmquist, Youth Services
Spirit Lake Public Library
I booked Lisa my first year as Library Director not knowing who she was and ever since then I have booked her a year ahead for the following summer! I won’t let her out the door until we’re on her schedule for the next year! She is the best! Never ending energy and keeps the kids interested and involved! Her programs are always completely centered around the theme for the SRP and are so educational besides entertaining. Believe me, you will NOT be disappointed! I might add that her side kick, Stanley, is a wonderful addition to her show too!!
Diane Duitsman,Director, Lake Park Public 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
“We have hosted Lisa Laird and her Friends from Pockets Full of Fun for the past 10 years. Her program continues to bring 125-150 children, youth and adults to Sioux Center Public Library. Lisa includes materials in her program that relate to all ages with puppets, magic and audience participation that keep kids, and adults, involved and enchanted. The addition of Stanley this year has added a new and fun dimension to her show. Lisa also offers an opportunity for the children to “read with Stanley” after the show which parents and kids love. One group that continues to grow each year are our community adults who are physically and mentally challenged. They are very responsive to Pockets Full of Fun and they were very excited to see Stanley this year. We have already booked her for next year.
Judy Dirkse, Children’s Librarian and Program Director, Sioux Center Public Library