Posts Tagged 'entertainers'

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.

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!

Comedy Magic in Winnipeg

This past week I was a featured performer and M.C. at at convention in Winnipeg, Canada.  It was a blast entertaining and teaching classes for this fun group of family entertainers and performers. These entertainers are always looking for something new to add to their shows for family parties and special events so they were very positive in their response to my magic classes.

it was fun to be the M.C. for two of the shows here. I also M.C. for the kick off event.  The way I do M.C. work for this group involved doing some longer 2-3 minute bits between contestants in their international contest.  I bring lots of stand up comedy as well ans magic and some prop gags.   The people were very enthusiastic and kind in their comments after.

This group was also very appreciative of the comedy magic classes that I taught.  I share many original routines and magic tricks.  I have invented many tricks and it is fun to hear other entertainers say, “I like that, and I want to add it to my show!”  My classes recieved many great reviews fromthe participants.

I have worked this convention more than 7 times and always enjoy bringing some smiles to the attendees each time.  I look forward to entertaining at your next event or convention.

Speaking in Singapore

Later this year I will give several lectures in Singapore to magicians and entertainers. I am thrilled to be invited to speak on magic and comedy and to teach some of my inventions and innovations.  I also speak on comedy technique and theatrical skills that help add comedy to the act.

For those of you living in the United States, tonight’s TV episode of “The Great Race” takes place in Singapore. (In the midwest this show appears at 7PM.)  I wanted to share with you this news and a bit about one of the things you’ll see on this show. What the previews show is that the center of the action will take place at the 541 feet tall, Singapore Flyer-the world’s largest observation wheel. From a website I’ve copied the following:

“Unlike ferris wheels with their cramped carriages which hang in open air, Singapore Flyer and other giant observation wheels such as the London Eye feature fixed capsules. 

Also, each Singapore Flyer capsule is about the size of a bus and can carry up to 28 people. Passengers are able to walk around and enjoy the views outside without feeling any movement or vibration at all.” This ferris wheel is just one of the remarkable attractions in Singapore.

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I enjoy teaching and coaching other magicians and entertainers and helping them to develop their acts.  I also learn so much by attending these seminars. Experts from around the world will also be teaching at this event in Singapore and I am excited to be encouraged by them.