Posts Tagged 'convention'

Minnesota Magician back from Performing at Convention in Nevada

It is good to be home in Minnesota, yet it was a lot warmer in Nevada.

I presented three workshops at a convention in Nevada and then did my comedy magic act for their evening show. This is the second time That they have invited me to be their featured performer and guest lecturer.

They wrote:

“We at the WRCA highly recommend the vast entertaining talents of Norm Barnhart.  We have engaged his talents several times and will consider doing so again.  He is also an insightful teacher and very popular with our conventioneers.  You will be hard pressed to find a finer entertainer anywhere.”

W.R.C.A. President – Russell Cornell


I look forward to bringing comedy and magic to your convention, conference or holiday party. My office is in the Twin Cities. If you need a comedy magician for your banquet in Minneapolis or St. Paul – please call. Thanks.

Magical entertainment gets your group laughing as they enjoy the wonder of how the impossible can become possible.

Minnesota Magician Teaches his Tricks in England

IMG_5228 IMG_5259 IMG_5462 IMG_5325 IMG_5293 IMG_5290I had a very wonderful visit to England in May this year and taught at a convention of magicians. 240 entertainers came out to the convention.


I love photography and I took some 4 hour walks on several days.  I actually had 7 sunny days and that was very unique all my friends in England said.


Check out the English countryside.



Minnesota Magican Invited to perform in Boston

The Society of American Magicians in Boston have a wonderful annual convention called SAMCON. This two day event brought 150 magicians from across New England together for fun laughs and lectures on improving their magic shows. I was honored to be a featured lecturer as well as one of four performers in the evening gala show.

The evening show had a hilarious performance by Scott Alexander a featured performer on the TV program, America’s Got Talent.  He did his fantastic and funny swallowing razor blades trick as well as his other amazing tricks as seen on TV.

Norm with America's Got Talent star Scott Alexander

Norm with America’s Got Talent star Scott Alexander

Wonderful performer was Lemar, a cruise ship magician and international performer who brings clever prop comedy and crazy comical illusions that had the house laughing.

Lemar the Great cruise ship magician performing in Boston.

Lemar the Great cruise ship magician performing in Boston.

I enjoyed a very good reaction from the crowd with a performance of the Amazing Normondo the Great. This is the comedy act that I presented when I won the America’s Funniest Magician contest in Las Vegas a few years ago.  I love to hear the laughter and it is a blast to perform for my peers.

The SAMCON magic convention was well run by a team of dedicated professionals headed up by Evan and Doug. It is evident that these fellows have a real love of the wonderful art of magic and they strive for excellence as they produce this memorable and fun convention.  Thank you gentlemen! Also special thanks to my backstage guy and the great sound and light crew. Thanks to Mike on the sound board.

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Norm teaching his inventions and comedy techniques to other entertainers at SAMCON magic convention in Boston.

Fran Cosmo and Band are a Blast!

Awesome singer and guitarist Fran Cosmo. Fran Toured and performed with the Rock band Boston

I had a very fun evening acting as the M.C. last week at the Annual convention for the Wisconsin Fairs and Festivals in the Wisconsin Dells. I had the pleasure of introducing many great acts including Fran Cosmo – formerly with the very popular Band – Boston. These guys had it down tight. They captured the sound of this highly complicated music. Fran Cosmo and his band were great musicians and they enjoyed interacting with the audience.  I was thrilled to be just a few feet away from the side of the stage. It was also fun to hang out with some of the guys after the show. For fairs in the Wisconsin area they are handled by Miles Entertainment of Milwaukee.

I always loved the music of Tom Scholz and his original band – Boston. Back in college the first album came out and I wore out a copy of that first album.  It was amazing how Tom created so many awesome guitar riffs and organ combinations in his home studio.  My college friends and I always admired this creative mechanical engineer who could craft such excellent and uplifting music.  The music of Tom Schols is very innovative, complex and multilayered. He is like a modern Mozart. Many nights I’ve listened to my Boston CD’s in the van while driving between midnight and 3:00AM shows for High School lock ins.  It is a great mix of great rhythms, excellent lyrics and complicated guitar and keyboard work that really helps to pump me up on those long nights with middle of the night shows.  Tom and his band Boston are in the studio now and many of us are looking forward to the new music they are creating.

Hearing Fran and his group cover some of those great songs was a real joy. Catch them if you can when they appear near you.  Fran and his band performed before 30,000 fans at the Taste of Minnesota Event in 2009.

I had the opportunity to introduce other great acts that evening including an awesome acapela group called InPulse!  These four guys sound like a full band and play with no back up musicians. They cover music styles form classic rock, country, pop and R & B. These guys are booked exclusively by G. L. Berg Entertainment from St. Cloud, MN. Check the G.L.Berg website for more details on this excellent group.  I enjoyed talking with the guys before the show. One is from Australia and the another is from MN but born in Korea.  They were very cool guys who were dynamic on stage.

It was fun to introduce these great musicians and the challenge with doing M.C. for a long show with 7 acts. I needed to have many short bits and comedy routines to fill the time as the groups are plugging in.  I enjoy the improvisation and being flexible, adapting to the changing situations of a show like this.  I also was able to perform an eighteen minute set to help my agent get some bookings. Check out Brian Carlson Entertainment Or look at for more on my comedy for corporate banquets.