Arnie Kolodner Magic in the Press
New York Magazine – Best of New York – Best Magician
Think of Arnie Kolodner as a magician and actor rolled into one. Kolodner and his (lovely) assistant stage fully costumed magic shows that take classic children’s stories, – Cinderella, Snow White, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz – and add interactive tricks (including the crowd-pleasing floating-table and disappearing-lady routines). New to the lineup is a wizard-school adaptation, à la Harry Potter. Donald Trump, Katie Couric, Kevin Kline, and Harvey Weinstein have all hired Kolodner to perform at their children’s birthdays. Check on availability well in advance!
New York Magazine – Cinderella
Cinderalla and the Magic Prince
In this version of the classic, the prince is the star and he also plays a new character, Lord Boxington, a royal magician, as well as the evil stepmother. Real-life magician Arnie Kolodner is a dazzler. This is one performance of Cinderella that even boys will love. Arnie Kolodner is arguably the most sought after birthday party magician in New York.
New York Magazine – Family Guide
By Susan Avery
Broadway-caliber magician Arnie Kolodner brings revamped fairy-tale shows to the party, complete with scenery, costumes, and very cool prestidigitation. Kids go home with a magic trick they can do themselves.
New York Times Theatre Review – Snow White
By Laurel Graeber
Don’t Bite That Apple!
You can see the Seven Dwarves onstage for the next few weekends, but you won’t recognize them as Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey et al. They’re Tom, Dick, and Harry or more likely these days, Andrew, Christopher, Alexander etc.
Inviting six characters from the audience to play dwarves is just one of the charming conceits in “Snow White and The Magic Prince,” from Arnie Kolodner Magic and the Melting Pot Theatre Company. Mr. Kolodner himself plays the seventh dwarf (on his knees), along with everyone else except Snow White.
Like Mr. Kolodner’s recent “Cinderella,” “Snow White” combines traditional theatre with magic.
A variety of objects, from a broom to a dish of apples seem to appear almost from thin air. And if your child finds mistakes like calling Snow White “Snow Shovel” just hilarious then this is the show for you. (You may even chuckle yourself. Mr. Kolodner’s Evil Queen persuades Snow White to let her/him in with the line, “Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.”)
My own son, Matthew, was thrilled to play a dwarf, following every stage direction perfectly except one: to give Snow White a big kiss and a hug before heading off to the mines.
New York Times Theatre Review – Peter Pan
By Laurel Graeber
A New Neverland
If Peter Pan had been a magician, he might not have needed all that swordplay to get rid of Captain Hook. In the Melting Pot Theatre Company production “The Magic Land of Peter Pan,” there really is a wizard at work, and he has much more than Tinker Bell’s pixie dust up his sleeve.
He is Arnie Kolodner, the affable magician, who here plays Peter and Hook. He uses scenes from J.M. Barrie’s tale to show off his feats.
When, for instance, Wendy sews Peter’s shadow, Mr. Kolodner makes a thimble disappear and then reappear in various places, including Wendy’s hair and behind the ears of several audience members. He shreds Mr. Darling’s newspaper and then restores it. As Captain Hook, he doesn’t make Wendy walk the plank; he saws her into three pieces instead.
Mr. Kolodner’s fans — children 3 to 8 — are encouraged to answer his questions, shout directions and heckle Captain Hook. Before the show three lucky ones are selected for onstage parts: John, Michael and Tinker Bell, who is levitated at the end. Mr. Kolodner is a winning performer!
New York Times Theatre Review – Cinderella
By Laurel Graeber
The Spell of Cinderella
Every child knows that “Cinderella” has magic. How else would the heroine get a coach and footmen, not to mention a ball dress? In “Cinderella and the Magic Prince” though, that wizardry is just small potatoes (or small pumpkins). Here, Cinderella levitates, drinks from a floating glass and even turns her stepmother’s umbrella into a wire scarf rack.
Such sleight of hand comes courtesy of Arnie Kolodner, a k a Lord Boxington (the royal magician), a k a The Magic Prince. Mr. Kolodner, a magician, has brought his own bag of tricks to the story, and although he has included a fairy godmother – a little girl from the audience – he is the wizard in charge.
In this 50 minute version from the Melting Pot Theatre Company, Mr. Kolodner and Crystal Scott (Cinderella) ask the children to shout out responses and to play everything from Cinderella’s mice to hopeful ladies trying on the glass slipper.
Bryant Park Corporation
To whom it may concern: Arnie Kolodner is a one-of-a-kind magician, who – as part of a special magical series – has appeared multiple times in Bryant Park. In fact, each year it is Arnie who we call to be our exclusive magician at the annual Halloween party at Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. Arnie Kolodner is magical and good wholesome fun for the entire family. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you have.
Bryant Park Corporation
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The Westport Country Playhouse – Peter Pan
Westport Country Playhouse
To whom it may concern: Westport Country Playhouse had the pleasure of presenting a performance of Arnie Kolodner’s “The Peter Pan Magic Show” as part of our Children’s Theatre programming this summer. Incorporating songs and magic, the company told this beloved story to a sold-out house of 700 children, parents and camp counselors, and engaged every rapt audience member from the start. There was just the right amount of audience participation, both onstage and from the house. Mr. Kolodner is a charming, gregarious performer who keeps the audience in the palm of his hand throughout. He even shows the children how he does some of his magic, letting them feel like they are in on a wonderful secret. The show was a delightful addition to our children’s series, and we look forward to the company’s return in future summer seasons.
With best regards.
Westport Country Playhouse
The Guild Hall Theatre – Cinderella
The John Drew Theatre
To whom it may concern: Arnie Kolodner kicked off our KIDFEST summer series this year with “The Cinderella Magic Show.” It was a huge success! I highly recommend this show for any presenter looking to entertain, engage and satisfy parents and children alike. The show includes humor for the parents, music, puppetry, an opportunity for all the children to participate (some as costumed characters) and dazzling magic tricks that are woven into the storyline. Both shows sold well and I received rave reviews from parents after each performance. If you would like further information, please feel free to contact me at 631-324-4051.
John Drew Theatre
Guild Hall of East Hampton
The Melting Pot Theatre Company – Cinderella
As the producing Artistic Director of the Melting Pot Theatre Company (2001 Drama Desk Award Winner), and as a parent, I rarely come across children’s theatre pieces that I feel I can enthusiastically recommend to others. That is not the case with Arnie Kolodner and his “Cinderella and the Magic Prince” show. The Melting Pot recently had the pleasure of presenting this show over the holidays, and we sold out every performance. In fact, we added six extra performances and those sold out as well!
Arnie and is partner are delightful entertainers. Their ability to hold a theatre full of children (and their parents!) never ceases to amaze me. Not only does Arnie perform magic with skill and ease, but they weave the story and the magic simply and seamlessly. Beautiful costumes, sets and music help to enhance the overall experience.
Perhaps the loveliest aspect of this company’s talent is the way they incorporate the children’s participation. In a controlled fashion, audience interaction is invited and welcomed. At all times their way with the children is gentle and respectful, never condescending. And the kids absolutely love them.
Any show they do would be the highlight of any Children’s Theatre series. In fact, I’ve already invited them back to do a new show this Spring. I recommend them to you wholeheartedly and without reservation.
Melting Pot Theatre Company
Tribeca Performing Arts Center – Peter Pan
I wanted to thank you for what both our staff and our Family, Folk & Fairy Tales audience agreed was a memorable theatrical experience. Your performance of “The Land of Peter Pan” was one of the highlights of our 2002-2003 season. The performances were charming and funny and the magic was skillfully executed. We certainly hope there will be other opportunities in the future to work with you.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Columbia Festival of the Arts
This letter is written in recommendation of Arnie Kolodner Magic. I have known Arnie for many years and find him to be an extremely gifted and engaging performer. It was my great pleasure to present The Magic of Cinderella at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Along with his talented and versatile assistants and co-performers, Arnie adapted the Cinderella story to include amazing feats of magic without compromising the charm and pure fun of this timeless fairytale. Accomplished actors/singers, the cast gave their enthusiastic audience all the suspense and joy of the story and served it beautifully with the mystery and wonder of their acts of magic. At the Columbia Festival of the Arts we are committed to presenting the very highest quality work for young audiences as well as for audiences of all ages. Arnie Kolodner Magic was the perfect choice for us. The audience response during and after the performance was so positive that it was clear that this performance ranks among the most effective we’ve presented. The children and their families came alive in an atmosphere of imagination and surprise – qualities essential, but often lacking in Children’s Theatre. Arnie’s versatility and adaptability make him an ideal choice for presenters looking for quality, unique and accessible performers for young audiences. I recommend Arnie Kolodner Magic to you enthusiastically and without reservation.
David Hicken Artistic Director
BizBash New York
Fun Activities for Kid-Friendly Events
Part children’s theater, part magic show, Arnie Kolodner Magic weaves illusions into classic fairy tales like Snow White and Cinderella. Kolodner, who was named “Best Family Magician” by New York magazine, has performed for Guardian Life; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and the Down Town Association. His Magical School for Wizards, which features tricks like levitating brooms and disappearing chests of gold, will appeal to Harry Potter-crazed kids. Rates typically start at $650 for a 45-minute show and go up to $8,000 for a full-scale stage production for 500 people. Kolodner can also bring in additional entertainment like stiltwalkers and face painters.