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Kids Wig Out Over The Spoon Man

When 9-year-old Jack Brush went to the Wilton Library to see The Spoon Man perform, he never expected to end up wearing a blonde, pigtail wig. But when The Spoon Man was looking for a boy with lots of courage, Jack nearly jumped out of his seat to get his hand up higher than anyone else's. He ended up in the wig, dancing and playing the washboard to "Rocky Mountain High."

"It was great," Jack said afterward flashing a grin that would please any dentist. "The wig was unexpected, but fun."

Bouncing around the room, cracking jokes and of course clanking together two spoons, Jim Cruise (The Spoon Man) kept the 50 or people in the audience thoroughly entertained. He also got the audience members singing and clapping their hands as he asked for volunteers and shone a spotlight on this reporter.

"I was very pleased that adults got into it. The kids got into it, it was a good audience," Cruise said after apologizing for the spotlight treatment.

Cruise, who has made a living playing the spoons for the last 22 years, shared with the audience his three secrets to success. He told the kids that to be successful, you have to say no to drugs, get an education and listen to your parents. Not surprisingly, the latter drew loud applause from parents in the audience.

"I am married with five children and have a mortgage, and support them by playing the spoons. ... Only in America, boys and girls," Cruise said.

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