Archive for May, 2010

A Fun Full day of Motivating Reading with Magic

A school in the western Minneapolis Suburbs had our magic shows today – 4 of them. What a blast. The kids were great and they laughed a lot.  They also left filled with the excitement of reading this summer.

The teacher that hired me sent a very nice thank you card that included the comments, “You are fabulous! Your show enthralled the students and your words encouraged them to read. As we left your show the students were talking enthusiastically about the marvel of magic. Thanks for the wonderful show!”

My passion is to motivate young readers. I also like to encourage them to study and do their best in school. Kids who go to the library and read during the summer come back to school in the Fall ready to learn.  Reading helps them in so many ways.  The goal of my program is to get kids excited about going to the library and reading!

Kids will have so much fun as they learn about new things. They will find books on hobbies, animals, sports, science, famous people and jobs. They will also find books filled with adventure and mystery.

Mansettis Pizza in Forest Lake to Celebrate Anniversary Tonight

Everyone loves Mansettis Pizza and Pasta and tonight, Tuesday May 25th they have a very special anniversary promotion at the Forest Lake location. A very special price on Spaghetti and there will be free balloon animals to the first 100 kids provided by Norm the Magic guy.

There will be drawings for awesome blow up beech toys as well as a chance to win one of 6 DVD by Norm teaching comedy magic for kids.  The grand prize is a complete magic set with 100 tricks and a hat provided by comedy magician Magic Norm.

Stop in tonight at Mansettis Pizza in Forest Lake to Celebrate their  Anniversary and enjoy the extra special price on spaghetti!

Girl Scout Magic Event Tonight!

Girl Scouts from St. Paul are gathering for a festive evening of magic and comedy tonight at Transfiguration Church in Oakdale, MN. The scouts will have many activities including getting their pictures taken with a magic hat wand and props. It is a fun way for the families to interact and enjoy some time together.

Comedy Magician Magic Norm will entertain with his amazing Abracadabra Magic Show.  Norm tailors this show to a message about doing your best in Scouting.  Norm has presented programs with excellent reviews to Girl Scout audiences across the Twin Cities.

Magic Minnesota Seminar a Success!

Steve Kissell and crew put on a dynamic seminar last weekend in Minnesota for magicians and entertainers.  Many professional magicians showed up to study and improve their skills. Many classes were presented by a Professional Staff of Family Entertainers.

This conference is now celebrating 18 big years of “Leading The Way To Laughter and Learning!” The event featured 14 entertaining and educational classes plus 6 Break out sessions. The participants had opportunities to work in small groups to learn several new tricks and routines!Steve Kissell taught several newspaper magic effects, Brad Roberts taught clever coin magic and Norm Barnhart  taught several of his inventions including a magical flower production, an original origami dollar trick plus his dollar turning into a $20 trick.  Norm also shared his trick that involves a jumbo penny.

The Saturday night Magic show was hosted by magical M.C. MagicNorm who presented two 10 minute sets of comedy magic and also interspersed the show with bits of business including having an audience member learn how to do the tablecloth pull! and wad a funny set by Steve Kissell. The contestants for the 2010 America’s Funniest Magician Contest competed and received trophies. Rochester magician Greg won the first place trophy.

A dynamic stage show on Friday night was excellently hosted by M.C. Penne Peterson, a Minnesota Speaker and trainer kept the show moving with her witty barbs and comic stunts..

The Friday eventing show featured, Brad Roberts, known as B-Rad from Las Vegas. Brad’s interactive show was a delight to the audience. He performs at a Casino Resort Every Weekend in Las Vegas with a very popular show that has run now for over a year.  This is very good for Vegas and it looks like he will continue to play to full houses for weeks and years to come.

Comedy magician Norm Barnhart brought several of his original routines and had the audience laughing with his comedy magic with a dollar that changed to a $20, his original hot dog trick and his mind reading chicken routine.  Norm also did manipulations magic with appearing balls and a very comical floating ball illusion.

Also featured on the Friday night show was Jeff Russ. Jeff is a very busy magician known as, Mr Magic is from Louisville, KY.. Jeff performs over 600 shows a year. He presented a magical routine with invisible cards and had the audience amazed and kept the crowd in stitches with his routine with a snake in the basket! The audience loved him and it is no wonder that in 2008 he won THE BEST OF LOUISVILLE AWARD for CHILDRENS ENTERTAINERS. Jeff also won the award for Best Birthday Party Magician in 2005, 2006 and 2007 as voted on by the readers of the Kentuckiana Family Magazine. Jeff has entertained at many corporate events and include clients such as the Historic Churchill Downs, Ford Motor Company, Thomas The Train, General Electric, UPS and just about every Country Club in his area.

Also on this entertaining show was comical magician Fred Baisch from Twin Cities Magic and Costume Company in St. Paul, MN. Fred blew the audience away with his comedy magic. His comic approach with colored light bulbs, crazy props and boxes that fit inside boxes in amazing ways. It was an evening of magical fun for everyone.

B-Rad from Vegas came back and closed the show with his witty and wild comedy magic.

Classes included Norm B. teaching on Thinking Theatrically and Penne Peterson teaching about the Care and Feeding of the Voice and Body and shared many valuable and practical ways to keep the voice healthy for performers. Steve Kissell presented a powerful workshop on how to have sensational Stage Shows. Jeff Russ taught several fun classes including one on Restaurant magic  they love to see. Brad Robert shared his expertise on effectively making family audiences laugh with comedy magic.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend Magic Minnesota next year!

Kid’s Comedy Magician Brad Ross to perform Friday night in Minneapolis

B-Rad is the top family entertainer in Las Vegas and an award winning

He was awarded the following…
Nickelodeon’s Parents’ pick Award for Las Vegas Best Party Entertainer
in 2009.
2009 Winner of American’s Funniest Magician sponsored by Conley House
of Magic.  He is the 2010 Winner of American Clown Idol in Las Vegas.

He has produced and stars in “The Super Duper Show” that is Las Vegas’
first children’s show on the Las Vegas strip. The Las Vegas Super Duper
Show was voted one of the top 10 Vegas family attractions by Parents
Guide of Las Vegas Magazine in 2009.

Besides being a family entertainer he owns and operates He
provides graphic design, website hosting, and web promotions for
hundreds of business and entertainers world wide. His knowledge in this
has been priceless for his entertainment business and loves to share
his secrets.

Comedy Magic show & Workshops at the Park Plaza Hotel May 20-22, 2010

This Friday evening is the big magic show in Minneapolis at the beautiful Bloomington Park Plaza Hotel. Kissell and the Family Entertainer’s Workshop are in town for 3 days presenting a fun filled magic convention for magicians, jugglers and family entertainers.  The show is at 7:00 Friday night at the Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington.  Magicians on the show include Norm Barnhart, Jeff Russ, Brad Roberts and Steve Kissell. Tickets for the Friday Magic show are only $5.00

Thursday May 20th I present a day of classes and workshops to help balloon artists advance in their skills. Here is the line up for my classes on magic, comedy and balloons art.

Check with the Family Entertainer’s Workshop for details on the cost – I believe this whole day is only $40!

Schedule of Events
preday Thursday May 20, 2010 Come early and laugh sooner!
Balloon Mania with Norm Barnhart
9:00 -10:00 Welcome, Introductions & Registration
10:00-11:00 Basic Balloons and Balloon Hats Norm Barnhart
11:00-12:00 Entertaining With Balloons Norm Barnhart
12:00 -1:30 Lunch With a New Friend
1:30 – 2:30 Comedy Magic With Balloons Norm Barnhart
3:00 – 4:00 Writing and Developing a Comedy Balloon Act Norm Barnhart
4:00 – 5:00 Balloon Jam
5:00 Depart for Mall of America
Attend early and laugh more!
Norm Barnhart is offering a special deal for the first 12 to register
for Balloon Mania on Thursday will receive a free copy of Norm’s book on Comedy Balloon Hats! And they will also receive a certificate for $15 off Norm’s DVD’s. Register now and get this great deal!

Check it all out at the Family Entertainer’s Workshop Website

Minnesota Author at Library in Wisconsin

Tomorrow, May 18th. is book signing and showtime in Wisconsin for Minnesota Author and comic magician, Magic Norm. I will present my comedy magic show for the families at the library.  this will be my 6th time here over the past 25 years.  I am grateful that they invite me back and am thrilled that they like the program.

This magic and comedy show motivate youngsters to get excited about reading.  Many topics are covered such how reading helps with hobbies, interests and jobs.  Kids and parents leave the show with a greater appreciation for how reading helps in everyday life and is just plain fun.

If we can get students excited about reading, they will do well and achieve in all the subjects they work on in school. The goal of the library show is to encourage students to read all summer and to visit the library as often as possible.

Earlier today, I spoke and presented my reading program at a school in Rochester, MN. I enjoy  presenting my motivational magic show and encouraging the students.  Today was my 7th or 8th time at this school over the past 25 years. I am glad that they appreciate the quality and enjoy the important message.

I was the original reading motivational magic show in Minnesota. I put together this program and developed the magic tricks to go with it over 30 years ago.  Since then it has gone through many changes as I add new material.  I now have three different motivational magic shows for kids.  Since then I have enjoyed bringing the show to students and teachers at schools and libraries in all fifty states.

I love to see the smiles and amazement that the comedy magic brings, but I also very much enjoy seeing students get excited about reading.