Abracadabra Series Summary
Abracadabra is the only children's television series that presents health education, nutrition, and science in a fun and entertaining venue, combining these with magic, ventriloquism, and original songs for children ages 4 to 10.
This half-hour PBS series is hosted by physician/magician/ventriloquist Michael Adelman, D.O., D.P.M., J.D., the President of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, based in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Cast of Colorful Characters
The series takes place in a magic shop where Dr. Adelman plays host to a colorful cast of characters:
- Joey: a bright well-meaning, mischievous boy puppet who represents the kid in all of us.
- Salty: an outlandish tall-tale-telling pirate who lives in an urn;
- Daisy: who owns the garden shop next door to the magic shop and who teaches Joey and the viewers how to make healthy snacks;
- Professor Science: who teaches the viewers science experiments that they can do at home;
- Duk: a delightful talking, magical duck.
- Mr. Oops!: Well-intentioned, but prone to accidents, Mr. Oops has
gone from a one-episode appearance in Season One to
a beloved recurring character. Everyone wants to see
what funny mayhem he'll create next.
- Nastini: The mean magician, who tries to get everyone to eat sugar and candy.
- Nastini 2: Nastini's younger brother who is following in Nastini's footsteps and cause mischief whenever and wherever he can.
Other recurring characters include: a singing telephone, a clock with real hands that wears a wrist watch to tell the time, and an assortment of other characters and visitors to the magic shop.
Teaches and Entertains
Educators, physicians and nutritionists are part of the consulting team that help to develop the appropriate content for each episode. Educational information will be taught through and interspersed with fun, magic, puppets, and original songs.
A primary focus of the series is on health and nutrition. For instance, through multiple games, such as: the Make A Healthy Choice Game, Grocery Shelf Game, the My Plate Game, and the More Or Less Game viewers will see how much sugar and fat there is in various foods, and learn to make healthy choices. In addition, each episode has a segment showing how to make a healthy snack.
The series also has a focus on science, with a segment on simple, safe science experiments that kids can do at home or at school with some supervision. In addition, other important messages are delivered on safety, exercise, friends and family, and working together. Original songs reinforce all of these messages.
Abracadabra is produced by The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in association with Mike & Joey Productions, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting. We are proudly underwritten by:
- Brickstreet Foundation
- CAMC Women & Children's Hospital
- Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield-- West Virginia
- WV Mutual Insurance Company