Proven assemblies packed with educational content and fun!


 
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#1: The FUNance for Kids Show - Where FUN and Finance Collide!

 
Spinning plates teach the balance of needs and wants...and which to focus on more.

Spinning plates teach the balance of needs and wants...and which to focus on more.

Students discover the importance of math by learning the essentials of personal finance.

In the "FUNance" assembly, students learn about:

  • Needs and wants

  • What it means to save money, plus why and how to do it

  • Where money comes from - and goes

  • Spending plans - why & how (Budgeting)

  • What debt is, plus how & when to avoid it

All concepts are presented visually using the performing arts to make them entertaining and memorable.

Grade-appropriate versions for:

  • K-2 & 3-5

  • K-3 & 4-6

  • Customized for your group


 
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#2: The Feats of Memory Show

"How many of you wish you could remember better?"

"How many of you wish you could remember better?"

Better grades, reduced stress, and improved recall with one inspiring academic assembly.

 

"The Feats of Memory Show" inspires and entertains while helping students understand:

  • The steps to remembering more of what they see, hear, and read

  • The three keys to unlocking their amazing memory

  • How to improve focus in and out of class

  • How to improve recall and decrease stress during tests and classroom discussions

  • How to make any school subject easier and more fun

Filled with entertaining arts, including circus arts, comedy, story-telling, and amazing "feats of memory" that instantly demonstrate how powerful the mind is and how easy it can be to remember better.

Versions for grades:

  • 3-6

  • 7-8

  • 9-12

  • Can be combined with the "FUNance" assembly (K-2 version) to accommodate the whole school

For more information about both assembies, please scroll down.

 

K-6 Students Learn Personal Finance and the Practicality of Math

Every personal finance concept is made memorable and entertaining by using the performing arts: comedy, storytelling, circus arts, balancing, and magic. It's not just Finance… it’s FUN-ance!

 

Watch the short preview video to see The FUNance Show in action.

Too many laughs to count! My favorite feedback was hearing from parents how their kids came home and talked about spending vs. saving and needs vs wants. The parents hadn’t seen the show but their children understood the lessons well enough to explain them at home.” ~ Mrs. K, Massachusetts

 
 
A torn up newspaper, magic, and storytelling demonstrate where money goes...and how little remains after essentials are paid for.

A torn up newspaper, magic, and storytelling demonstrate where money goes...and how little remains after essentials are paid for.

“Mr. Z, besides being a genuine entertainer, had the kids engaged during the entire assembly. They all walked away with a new found appreciation and comprehension of personal finance. Brad was also very organized, providing us with materials pre and post show. It was a wonderful experience start to finish.” ~ Susan G, NY

 
Plate spinning and comedy get kids excited as they learn about balancing needs and wants.

Plate spinning and comedy get kids excited as they learn about balancing needs and wants.

“I was amazed that you were able to take rather dry material and make it not only accessible but engaging. You had the undivided attention of all the children, and teachers as well. One of the finest assembly programs I have seen and one I highly recommend.” ~ Nancy H, CT

 
Juggling cups help all ages understand budgeting with Now, Soon, Later, and Share. (Older students get a more detailed budget example with either fractions or percentages.)

Juggling cups help all ages understand budgeting with Now, Soon, Later, and Share. (Older students get a more detailed budget example with either fractions or percentages.)

The enthusiasm and knowledge you reflected in your performance were superb...such a creative way of teaching the children about money and savings. This was the liveliest and most entertaining show I have seen and I would be honored to recommend you to other schools.” ~ Rosalind B, CT

 
Savagator and Spendasaurus help K-3 students understand the importance of saving money plus how and why to do it. (Grades 4-6 get student actors playing the parts of “Big Spender” and “Smart Saver.”

Savagator and Spendasaurus help K-3 students understand the importance of saving money plus how and why to do it. (Grades 4-6 get student actors playing the parts of “Big Spender” and “Smart Saver.”

“I think your topic is a tough one to get through to kids, but you manage to do it. My one daughter who spends a dollar as soon as she gets it came home and told me she is going to start being a Savagator instead of a Spendosaurus. So you did great in my book!” ~ Kim L, NJ

 
The “big finish” trick is a group test/review of the essential concepts presented: where money comes from; needs and wants; saving money; and budgeting.

The “big finish” trick is a group test/review of the essential concepts presented: where money comes from; needs and wants; saving money; and budgeting.

“May I say… WOW! Loved the show. Had been nervous booking it because it was about money - not something we usually talk about! But Mr. Z. handled it so equitably and made really sound points... Brilliant really and he made the concepts fun and completely VISUAL. My 9 year old son (not one to gush) said, “Wow, Mom, I really learned a lot!” and has become more aware of what things cost and how adjusting his “wants” can positively impact our family budget. Teachers loved it. Kids loved it. Parents heard about it. ” ~ Mary B, CT

For several years Brad pursued a successful career as a financial planner with A.G. Edwards & Sons and Wachovia Securities, helping families with personal finance issues, investments and estate planning. He held a Series 7 license in addition to earning an Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning. 

With The FUNance For Kids Show, Brad combines his passion for entertaining "children of all ages" and his enthusiasm for helping people (even kids) make sound financial decisions. By using the performing arts, including magic, storytelling, comedy and circus arts, Brad makes learning about math and personal finance both fun and memorable. See About - Business for more details.

 
 

Students in Grades 3-12 Improve Focus and Recall

 

Watch the short preview video to see The Feats of Memory Show in action.

Students were buzzing as they returned to their classrooms and put Brad’s strategies to work! ~ Walter T, Principal

Students learn:

  • The 3 "must-do" steps to remember more of what they see, read and hear

  • The keys to improve recall

  • Why we forget and how to remember better, making test taking and classroom participation easier and less stressful

  • Tools and techniques to solve the most common memory problems

  • How to make any school subject easier and more fun

  • How to organize information in their minds for stress-free recall

  • How to work with their minds instead of against them

  • How homework and review scientifically improve memory


    EVERYONE HAS A GREAT TIME LEARNING BECAUSE THE ASSEMBLY IS FILLED WITH:

    • Amazing feats of memory, including taking only seconds to memorize a student-provided random number and recalling the names of dozens of students

    • Circus skills like balancing and juggling, all of which relate to the discussion at hand and make the show memorable and fun

    • Comedy (Brad's years as an entertainer keep everyone smiling throughout the show)


 

 
Balancing boxes to visually explain how memory improvement works.

Balancing boxes to visually explain how memory improvement works.

 

I have been teaching for 15 years and can honestly say that after watching his show I became more motivated and instantly incorporated some of his techniques into my everyday teaching. Students have responded in a positive manner and have changed the way they are going about remembering facts. I have seen an improvement in their ability to retain information on a daily basis. I would highly recommend this program.” ~ Jon S, Teacher, NY

Recalling the names of dozens of students as Feat of Memory #1.

Recalling the names of dozens of students as Feat of Memory #1.

 

“Outstanding presentation by Brad. Fast paced but well organized and a nice blend of science and entertainment. Faculty and students were raving about the presentation the next day. A solid 10 out of 10 on quality.“ ~ Mr. K, Assistant Headmaster

 
Juggling five beanbags to visually demonstrate how attention affects memory.

Juggling five beanbags to visually demonstrate how attention affects memory.

 
 

My son talked about it all night. The teachers gave very positive feedback and enjoyed the program. The students were amazed.” ~ Jen L, NY

Successfully recalling a student-provided 40-digit number as Feats of Memory #2.

Successfully recalling a student-provided 40-digit number as Feats of Memory #2.

Help your students learn simple yet powerful techniques that make remembering easier than forgetting.

Help your students learn simple yet powerful techniques that make remembering easier than forgetting.

 

“The students and staff genuinely enjoyed the opportunity to experience the Feats of Memory show. Brad was very engaging and students were amazed by the strategies to improve their memory skills.”

— Mr. A, Principal, NJ

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

“Fantastic! Excellent educational content!!!” ~ Christine G, PTA President


Qualifications and Experience

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Brad has been a professional entertainer since age 12. At age 17 he was accepted to the prestigious Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College, where he learned the fine art of comedy, juggling, stilt walking, pie throwing, elephant riding and more. Upon graduation, Brad joined the Greatest Show on Earth and performed as a clown, juggler and stilt walker with the circus for two years.

Since those early years, he has traveled around the world, performing on cruise ships, at theme parks, corporate events, and hundreds of schools. In 1991 he used memory techniques to learn Japanese while performing in Japan.

Brad's memory hasn't always been amazing. In school he did poorly at math and science: those subject just didn't seem to stick in his mind. As an adult, remembering names was always difficult. In 2008 he decided to see if an ordinary person could actually improve his ability to remember. He discovered that memory improvement is possible, and it can even be easy and fun.

Brad has competed at memory competitions around the world since 2009. In 2012 he received two bronze medals at one competition in the United States. At the 2013 World Memory Championship in England, he set a new American record for memorizing spoken numbers. In 2014 at the World Memory Championships in China, he broke his own record for spoken numbers. In 2015 he was the co-captain for Team USA as they earned the Silver Medal.

He continues to train daily, and is passionate about helping people learn to remember better. He has performed at hundreds of schools and corporations, helping tens of thousands learn how memory works. He is also the author of three memory books: Unlock Your Amazing Memory; The Hack-Proof Password System; and Mastering Memory: 75 Memory Hacks for Success in School, Work, and Life.

See the About Brad page for more information.

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Watch Brad on The Today Show.


Brad’s Memory Books