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Magic Garden, The


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Characters & Voices
Carole Demas - Herself
Paula Janis - Herself
Sherlock - Carey Antebi
Flapper - Carey Antebi
“You don’t need a key, so follow me,
There are no locks on story box,
On story box, on story box …”

In a magic garden of stories, songs and imagination, two eternally sweet women hosted a beloved children’s program. The Magic Garden combined folk-style children’s songs, silly jokes, dramatized stories and life lessons, all provided by co-hosts Carole and Paula.

The garden itself was a park-like area with a large tree as its centerpiece. The tree had a little magic of its own, dropping written messages for Carole and Paula and lowering a pair of vines on which they could swing. Inside the tree lived one of the show’s puppet friends, a pink squirrel named Sherlock. The deep-voiced Sherlock was a bit of a troublemaker, but the hosts could always ply him with a bribe of peanuts, his favorite.

The rest of the puppet cast included a bird named Flapper and the Chuckle Patch, a patch of daisies that delivered a new joke in each episode. When Carole or Paula read the joke, the Patch would shake and giggle with high-pitched glee.

One of the show’s most fondly remembered segments was “The Story Box.” When story time rolled around, Carole and Paula would open up an old steamer trunk and pull out props, costumes and masks to put on a staged version of a children’s story.

Every aspect of the show revolved around the winning personalities of its hosts. Carole and Paula were the kind-hearted friends every kid wanted, and their two-part harmonies and guitar accompaniment were like chicken soup for the hyperactive soul. The Magic Garden only aired in local syndication, primarily in New York, but it left a lasting impression on those lucky enough to watch it.
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In 1903, cartoonist Bill Holman was born.