Mr. I. Magination was one of the earliest television shows for children. It ran live as a half-hour weekly show on CBS from 1949 to 1952.(Info about Mr.I.Magination can be found in”Children’s Television:The First Thirty Five Years:Live, Filmed And Taped”by George Woolery;Scarecrow Press,Inc.)
The host, Mr. I. Magination (Paul Tripp), gathered a group of children each week. The same child actors appeared on a rotating basis. Two would be selected to ask about a career, occupation, activity, etc. Tripp would then play a “magic” slide flute, he and the children would board a train, and travel to Imagination Land, where they would meet a professional from each of the two areas for that week’s show. Guests were as diverse as Damu, a lion tamer from Ringling Brothers Circus, and test pilot Scott Crossfield. The show was also a pioneer in using simple, early special effects, such as making it appear as if the opening train ride went through a tunnel to enter Imagination Land.
Yul Brynner served as the show’s director at times, but did not appear as a performer. The show also featured performances by Walter Matthau,Richard Boone,Joe Silver,Ted Tiller and Simon Oakland.(info on “Mr. I.Magination”at “TV Party.Com”)
Mr. I. Magination was also featured on several RCA records for children, including “Billy On A Bike” and “Mr. I. Magination Meets Rip Van Winkle,” an LP of which there are at least two versions.