Archive for April, 2009

Comedy Magic Brings Life to the Party

Comedy Magician Norm Barnhart

Comedy Magician Norm Barnhart

Magic Norm brings entertainment to Corporate Parties

Comedy Magic Brings Life to the Party

I love to make people laugh.  Laughter truely is good medicine and now more than ever people need some laughs to help with the stress of life.

Laughter brings people together and builds a team.  Many companies find that a little humor in the workplace can raise productivity and lift morale. Many times I’ve been invited to speak at a staff development day or employee recognition event or corporate banquet.  Magic involves the audience and people enjoy seeing their coworkers invited on stage for some fun.

Clean comedy is the key. No one is embarrassed or put down. The comedy magician is the instigator of fun and brings an atmosphere of play.  People enjoy the mysteries of magic that cause them to think outside the box.

For over 28 years I’ve entertained full time and I still enjoy seeing a corporate executive or coworker double over in joy like a kid.  We all need to cut loose and break up the stress of life once in a while.

My earliest memories of trying to bring laughter was at 4-5 years old.  My family would sit around our tiny black and white television and watch the Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason  shows. Wow the roof would shake with laughter from my dad.  Ever since I wanted to make dad laugh!

In high school I started developing my comic routines and was hired to work at Paul Bunyan Amusement Park in Brainerd, MN twice each summer. I did three shows a day over the weekend. It was a great place to work out my chops. Other acts that entertained there each summer included the Minneapolis Magician Jose’ Santiago and The St. Cloud Magician, Russ Charles.  Russ was my mentor and a very funny entertainer. Both of these fine gentlemen are no longer with us.

Another act that also worked a few weekends each summer at Paul Bunyan Amusement Park was my favorite from Minneapolis TV, Roundhouse Rodney. He was part of the Casey Jones Noon kid’s TV show. I enjoyed his creative comedy and antics in the vein of Ernie Kovaks and Sid Ceasar. He sadly died quite young while jogging in Brainerd on one of the weekends he workd up there.

The Secret to Comedy Success

The secret key is simple – to work a lot. Comics hone material at open mic nights and entertainers like myself work an amusment park in their teens and early twenties. Three shows a day at the Paul Bunyan Amusement Park was a great way to develop as a performer. I could discover how timing and pacing would bring more laughs.

Steve Martin in his recent excellent book, Born Standing Up, talks about doing magic and comedy skits at an amusement park in his teens and college years. It helped him develope as a performer and prepared him for the wild and crazy world of Stand up comedy.

30 years later I’m still enjoying bringing laughs to people and spreading a little joy.  Please stop buy and learn more about how I entertain at corporate events at .

Eden Prarie Grand Opening Features Harmon Killebrew

Spire and Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killegrew have teamed up to celebrate the grand opening of the new Eden Prarie Branch on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

While Harmon Killibrew is signing autographs – Comic Magician Norm Barnhart will present strolling magic along the line and throughout the office.

Norm’s Note:
I’m excited about the opportunity to meet and hang with Mr. Killebrew. The Spire Company invited me to be a good will ambassador and present magic to the people who are waiting in line for Mr. Killebrew. This is very fun and helps the guests pass the time as they wait. I really enjoy entertaining with strolling magic as its fun to see the smiling faces and looks of amazment on the people’s faces.

I was also fortunate to present magic for fans waiting to see Twins great, Tony Olieva several years ago. Mr Olieva is a very kind gentleman who really loves the fans.

Strolling Magic on Musical Cruise Ship 

Last year I worked on a special musical cruise ship in the Carabean and presented magic while people waited to meet bands that had performed on ship. There were over 30 recording artists and bands performing and doing autograph sessions on this cruise.  The lines got to be as much as 2 hours wait, so the producers of the cruise felt that comedy and magic would brighten people’s day as they waited to meet their favorite artists.

I enjoyed working on this Cruise Ship with two other fine magicians, Don Bursell and Mike Norton.  The three of us worked the main showroom one day for a full house.  It was a great crowd who loved to laugh and the three act show was a hit.  Don finished the show with tall unicycles and and juggling. A difficult stunt on a rocking ship.  

When the line had finally ended, I would be the last in line and the musicians would want to see some magic too. So I felt doubly fortunate to get to meet some cool stars and also bring them a laugh and a bit of joy after their autograph session.

Strolling Comedy Magic adds fun to special events like Cruise Ships, Minnesota Twins autograph sessions and even Company Banquets.