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What

Does HE Do?

  • He plays with 2 ordinary household tablespoons with music in the background.
  • He has an audience Sing-A-Long competition. Everyone gets involved.
  • He plays flaming spoons. This depends on the audience.
  • Hilarious Impressions. A-Rock-N-Roll and A Rap-Spoon Player.
  • He creates a Mountain Band out of the audience.
  • He jumps into the audience playing spoons on their hands. Everyone gets “spooned.”
  • He has adult and student oriented programs
Jim Cruise
An Inspiring Musician, Comedian, and Keynote Speaker

About My

PROGRAMS

The Eucharist, why is it so important?

The “Spoon Man” talks about what the Eucharist is and what it contains. He discusses why the Eucharist is his favorite Sacrament. He explains what takes place during the consecration and why we are living tabernacles that need to remain pure when we receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Jim shares his own special experiences that have taken place during Adoration along with the healing of his daughter after receiving her first communion in the Hospital. Throughout his talk he uses Scriptural references from the New Testament. Jim emphasizes that if you truly understand the gift we have as Catholics in the Eucharist you’ll never want to leave it.

Prayer is More Powerful Than a Billion Dollars

The “Spoon Man” addresses the tremendous power we have in prayer. His message is based Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Jim answers the questions: “Why don’t we pray more often if prayer is so powerful?” “Does God answer all of our prayers?”

He challenges the students to take more time out of their busy schedules to pray. He also talks about the healing of his six-year-old daughter from cancer and the effect prayer had not only on his daughter, but also on the rest of his family and friends.

We are called to be Saints

Based on the scripture on Matthew 5:15 “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” The “Spoon Man” talks about how we are called to shine in the darkness of the world.

This message is based more on our actions spreading the Gospel, than our words. So many people feel they don’t have the gift of ministering to others about Christ. Yet simply the way we love our neighbors and handle our daily lives is more of a witness to the light of Christ then memorized scripture verses. Jim gives examples from his own life on the many times he has fallen down and the graces God gives through others to pick us back up. He also gives examples from his six-year old Daughter’s fight and healing from cancer.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation

The “Spoon Man” talks about his discovery of what sin is and what it truly does. Using examples from scriptures, he answers these questions: “Why do Catholics confess their sins to Priests?” “How do we break the chains of sin?”

Jim also addresses the differences and types of sin: Mortal sins, Venial sins and sins of omissions. He discusses the special graces he has received from regular confessions. The good news is that these graces are available to all of us.

There’s More to Lent than Giving Up Candy

The “Spoon Man” talks about why the spiritual season of Lent is his favorite. He discusses how we are called to go out into the desert during this season and prepare for the risen Lord. He gives examples on how his faith becomes active during lent not just by giving up things but also by doing kind actions. Jim answers these questions: “Why is sacrificing good for us?” “How does the cross of Christ produce fruit in our lives?”

Stewardship for Adults & Students

This message is specifically designed for the age of the audience. The message is based on the scripture passage 2 Corinthians 9 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” The “Spoon Man” gives examples of his challenges and choices with stewardship as a student and a married adult with children.

Personal Testimony

The “Spoon Man” is Catholic and married with five children and a mortgage and has been supporting his family for 18 years by playing the spoons internationally. If that’s not a testimony to Christ, I don’t know what is. He talks about how his faith blossomed when he was just out of High School. Jim discusses why his sister left the Catholic Church and why he remained.

He stresses the importance of accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior along with the ongoing relationship of loving Christ and your neighbor as yourself. Jim talks about how scripture spoke to him while his faith was being challenged, especially when he was told that he may end up in Hell by being Catholic. He also speaks about the healing of his then six-year-old daughter, Natalie, from cancer.

Maintaining Our Catholic Identity (A Workshop for High School Boys)

The “Spoon Man” talks about being a young male Catholic and the challenges we face.
He addresses the temptations of Internet pornography, chastity and drugs. He discusses how our Faith is sometimes attacked by others. Jim gives examples from his own High School life and the struggles he had. He speaks about the tools we have as Catholics to overcome the many challenges of faith. Jim helps the students to create a “battle plan” which stresses the importance and role of our Catholic faith.

Just plain fun Comedy Show

All ages welcome. Music, comedy and audience interaction. You may even see flaming spoons!

(All shows approximately 45 minutes)

Some Of The Nice Things

People Have Said

"You did a great job with our Middle School students. Everyone loved it. We would be happy to be a reference for you."

Diocese of Winona - Dan Bauer, Youth Minister

"Thank you for performing at our fall festival. Our parishioners are still talking about your hilarious program."

Holy Cross Church - Sue Helms

"Your audience interaction especially with Bishop McKinney was fabulous."

Our Lady of Consolation – Laura Readle

"This was your 8th year in a row. Thank you for your great work with our kids."

Daybreak Wesylean Church - Holly Elliot

"I wish to thank you again for the marvelous job you did with your act. People were very pleased with the whole experience (myself especially)! We were so fortunate to have you come and perform for us, as well as share your faith story. You have wonderfully positive messages, especially for the students."

Saint Jerome's Parish - Father Steve Lape

"You are so funny. The Mountain Band was awesome. You are sure good at the spoons. I went to your web page too. I kind of know how to do the spoons, but not better than you. I saw some teachers crying you were so funny. I really liked your SHOW VERY MUCH. I think you are a smart guy. Is that bully thing really true when you were in seventh grade?"

Immaculate Conception School- Michael

"Thanks for providing a great show for a diverse group (grades 6-12). You offered practical testimony through relatable stories while at the same time entertaining and making the whole audience laugh! You were definitely a highlight to our evening events. It's good to see a performer such as yourself, walk the walk as talk the talk. This is a great testament to your relationship with our Lord Jesus. Thank you for your witness of faith and fun."

Diocese of Superior - Megan Noll, Office of Youth and Young Adults

"Thanks for sharing your faith with us. You were by far the best program we’ve had this year."

St. Joseph School – Collette Ball, Teacher

"Thank you for your enthusiastic performance and faith sharing. Our youth had a lot of fun. You did a great job reaching all ages and touching on issues pertinent to their lives. Those that attended have often come into the youth center and gotten a couple of spoons out of the drawer in an attempt to play the spoons. A few of them are getting pretty good."

Church of the Epiphany - Anastasia Quirk, Youth Minister

"Thanks you so much for your wonderful presentation. The faculty was very impressed with your inspirational words to the kids. Thanks for the laughs. It was so heartwarming to receive your blessing at the end of your show. The kids need to hear from adults whose faith is important in their lives."

St. Sebastian School- Mary Jo Welch, Principal

"You were a definite success for me and the seven other youth ministers at our Middle School Fun Night. You have a way of keeping the kids on the edge of their seats, and getting them involved in your show. It seemed like everyone had their hands up when you asked for a volunteer."

Saint Joseph Parish - Justin Orlando, Youth Minister

"Your humor and talent entertained us and brightened our day with tears of laughter in many of our eyes."

St. Mary's School - Sue Kelly, Principal

"Jim recently put on an intergenerational pre-Lenten program. The evening was fast paced, entertaining and appealed to all ages. We had people in the audience from 3 to 93 in age, and everyone enjoyed the evening. Jim’s presentation on 'Lent, it’s not just about giving up Candy', was met with open hearts and minds. He worked the message into the overall performance, so the talks were reinforcements of what he had been doing and saying all evening. I found Jim very easy to work with, extremely faith filled, and a pleasure to get to know personally and professionally. I would highly recommend Jim for any gathering to any age audience. I look forward to working with Jim again in the future."

Catholic Parishes of Appleton - Bill Nettekoven, Youth Minister

"Thanks for your great comedy performance. Your message on prayer was ideal for our group."

Trinity Lutheran Church - Sandy Hnatusko

"Our Junior High Spectacular crowd of 300+ came expecting a speaker. Instead, they got spooned - and loved every minute of it! The talent Jim Cruise has for playing the spoons cracked through even the most diehard 'make me enjoy this' wall some junior highers are known to put up. Once in, he delighted them with his humor, entertained them with his high-energy antics, and creatively involved them in the fun. Most importantly, he wove a message throughout the presentations of God's love, their uniqueness and giftedness, and the call to live the faith every day. Jim is not only a gifted and seasoned performer, he's a man of spirit and faith that really connected with our kids (not to mention all the adults present in the crowd). Among the many lessons of the day - Jim helped our kids realize that it doesn't matter how strange or unusual your gift or talent may be - it can make a difference in people's lives and bring glory to God. We'll definitely have Spoonman back!"

Diocese of Beaumont - Tommy Chatlosh, Director of Youth and Campus Ministry

"You really helped me see that I can be anything I want, even a spoon player. My friend and I walked home from school today in those nifty hats you gave us! I have one question... do you have to take lessons to become a spoon player? Well, thanks a lot for talking to my grade!"

St. Angela School - Maggie, 8th Grade

"Jim you were the best keynote speaker and entertainer that we’ve ever had for our Youth Conference since I’ve been here."

Gaylord Diocese – Joanne Willis, Youth Minister

"Jim I want to thank you for the fantastic ministry you rendered for our youth with your presence at our annual youth rallies this past February. The middle school keynotes that you gave were very well received and we had a very positive feedback about your wonderful messages as well as your entertaining manner of presentation with the spoons. The senior workshop had all of those in attendance talking about you also. I was impressed on how well they followed your message and enjoyed your spoon act. You do have a unique ministry using spoons to get the Gospel message across. I hope that many more youth ministers take advantage of you beautiful and unique ministry. I will be recommending you to those diocesan directors I come into contact with. May God continue to bless you and help you reach out to bring God's message to young and old alike."

Diocese of St. Petersburg - Bro. Jerry Meegan, Diocesan Director

"I wanted to tell you that I thought you show was really cool. I'm in 8th grade, and I'm sure you know we usually don't get to involved with the school assemblies, but your show was really fun! All my friends and I were laughing the whole time, thanks for giving us a good time!"

Immaculate Conception School - Jen, 8th Grade

"In my six years at Big Brothers/Big Sisters, this show was by far the best in its entertainment and appeal to all ages. Many of our volunteers also said this was the best entertainment they have seen yet at the dinner."

Big Brothers/Big Sisters - Mike Urschalitz

"Thank you for playing at our Christmas Party. Your audience interaction was spectacular along with your flaming spoons!"

Bread of Life Lutheran Church - Tiffany Brown

"Wonderful job Spoon Man! The kids and adults loved you."

Calvary Church - Jan VanDyke

"Spoon Man you were terrific. You grabbed the attention of everyone attending with your considerable spoon playing skills and solid Catholic Message. You brought a lot of energy to our recent rally. The teens enjoyed the afternoon and asked that you be brought back to Biloxi as soon as possible."

Diocese of Biloxi - Bragg Moore, Director of Youth Ministry

"I liked the show. My favorite part was when you played the spoons on my hand. I hope you come back to my school again. PS - Mom and Dad thought the show was great also. Keep up the excellent entertainment and valuable message that you send to all the kids. Best of Luck."

St. Bridget School – James, Student

"Thank you for spending time with our students and their parents! The young and young-at-heart were all at the edge of their seats as they anticipated being "spooned"! Everyone enjoyed the day! Your grandpa left within you a wonderful legacy of utilizing skills given to bring others closer to the God within! You have a wonderful ability to make the connections across the age groups. Blessings as you continue evangelizing throughout the larger church."

Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana - Rosie Papion Brown, Director of the Office of Youth Ministry

"Thanks for providing a great show for a diverse group (grades 6-12). You offered practical testimony through relatable stories while at the same time entertaining and making the whole audience laugh! You were definitely a highlight to our evening events. It's good to see a performer such as yourself, walk the walk as talk the talk. This is a great testament to your relationship with our Lord Jesus. Thank you for your witness of faith and fun."

Diocese of Superior - Megan Noll, Office of Youth and Young Adults

"Thank you for your fine performance at our Family Ice Cream Social."

Beverly Reformed Church - Mert Dreyer

"Jim thanks for coming to our 4 intergenerational events in May. You were easy to work with, reliable and dependable. Your presentation was fantastic. You kept all ages entertained, from our preschoolers to our senior citizens. Your presentation was the perfect blend of comedic entertainment and faith message. Your talk about the Eucharist was in keeping with Catholic teaching and reached the hearts of all those listening to you. I would highly recommend you to anyone who wants to provide a quality, family friendly program, particularly for those who are taking on the challenges of intergenerational catechesis."

Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Kathy Burr, Director of Faith Formation

"Excellent performance. Your message was right on. The kids loved you!"

Emmanuel Baptist Church - Lucy Koleen

"Thank you for spending time with our students and their parents! The young and young-at-heart were all at the edge of their seats as they anticipated being "spooned"! Everyone enjoyed the day! Your grandpa left within you a wonderful legacy of utilizing skills given to bring others closer to the God within! You have a wonderful ability to make the connections across the age groups. Blessings as you continue evangelizing throughout the larger church."

Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana - Rosie Papion Brown, Director of the Office of Youth Ministry

"This was your 8th year in a row. Thank you for your great work with our kids."

Daybreak Wesylean Church - Holly Elliot

"Jim I want to thank you for the fantastic ministry you rendered for our youth with your presence at our annual youth rallies this past February. The middle school keynotes that you gave were very well received and we had a very positive feedback about your wonderful messages as well as your entertaining manner of presentation with the spoons. The senior workshop had all of those in attendance talking about you also. I was impressed on how well they followed your message and enjoyed your spoon act. You do have a unique ministry using spoons to get the Gospel message across. I hope that many more youth ministers take advantage of you beautiful and unique ministry. I will be recommending you to those diocesan directors I come into contact with. May God continue to bless you and help you reach out to bring God's message to young and old alike."

Diocese of St. Petersburg - Bro. Jerry Meegan, Diocesan Director

"I wanted to tell you that I thought you show was really cool. I'm in 8th grade, and I'm sure you know we usually don't get to involved with the school assemblies, but your show was really fun! All my friends and I were laughing the whole time, thanks for giving us a good time!"

Immaculate Conception School - Jen, 8th Grade

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Jim Cruise
"The Spoon Man"
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Phone: (888) 859-6158

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