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Minnesota Magicians Hockey

Get out and support your Magicians Hockey team this weekend. There are two games Friday and Saturday at 7:00PM – October 4th & 5th, 2013.

Watch for me doing magic for the fans at the Magician’s games this Fall and Winter. I am excited to be invited to be their official Magician.  I will do shows and strolling magic before the game and during breaks.  This will be cool fun.


Bring the family to cheer on the Minnesota Magicians Hockey Team in Richfield.

Magic Castle in Hollywood

The Magic Castle is a mecca for Magicians and fans of the art.  It is a private club and you can get in to have dinner and see magic shows if you know a magician.


The mansion was a private home for many years. It was built over 110 years ago. In 1963 it became the Magic Castle and has 21 performing areas where you can see incredible magic.

One of the unusual features is a piano that is played by a ghost. She will play requests and is never stumped.

Several of my friends have performed here including Geoff Williams, Thom Peterson, David Kaye, Ken Scott, and Suzanne the Magician.


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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!

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.

Comedy Magicians from Around the World Meet in Hollywood

In Hollywood I had the pleasure of jogging each morning with Yoseph Bozo, a very popular  entertainer from Croatia.  He entertains at schools, parties and

Comic Magicians meet in Hollywood from the right; Minnesota magician Norm Barnhart, Yoseph Bozo from Croatia, David Kaye from NYC and Mago from Mexico - We had an afternoon at the Hollywood Costume and Theatrical shop. Next door to the old Hollywood Magic Shop.

festivals in his home city as well as travels to perform at the resorts in the warmer, Mediterranean areas of Southern Croatia. Yoseph Bozo stays quite busy working in the schools to motivate kids to do their best in school as well as he teaches messages about safety along with his skillful magic.

Yoseph and I had many enjoyable discussions about comedy, magic and business during our meandering jogging  through the beautifully landscaped Hollywood backstreets. The city is so beautiful. The green grass, flowers, unusual shrubs and trees were a wonderful sight for this chilled Minnesotan. I feel very fortunate to have had several days to hang out with Joseph and the others at this magic gathering in Hollywood.

There is nothing more fun than wandering through a magic, costume and prop shop with several creative and funny minds. One gentleman on this trip was Marvin, a comedy writer for the Jay Leno show. More on Marvin and his creative enterprises later.

I presented my lecture on comedy and magic with many of my original magic tricks and inventions. It was well received and the magic blogger from gave it a very nice review.

It is fun to learn from and share ideas with some of the top magicians from around the world.

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