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Keys to Corporate Success

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Comedy magician and Minnesota Author Autographs books in St Paul’s Red Balloon Bookstore

Working as an author with Capstone Press taught me a lot about what is right in business and the corporate setting. My awesome editor Aaron made me look great. As did the photo artist and graphic designers.

There is a real top notch team at Capstone Press! They all strove for excellence and in the end, the four hard cover books, really look great.

I had the opportunity to observe their process from start to finish and was amazed at their efficiency and skill. Teamwork like this is an example of excellence to all businesses.

I observed several keys to corporate success.

The first Key is:  Clear communication.  The editor and I had many helpful discussions that made my writing go easier as it was clear what they were hoping for in a finished product.  This made everything smooth all work out for the good in the end.  They work with hundreds of authors and were very patient and kind to me. This encouraged my creative output.

Around 55 tricks were selected from the ones I developed for the books. Each one had to be written in a clear and readable style. Inventing some tricks was fun. Others were adaptations of old tricks doen with new props or storyline. Writing out the method for the magic tricks can be a challenge; we plotted out the photos and made sure it would be understandable so the readers could actually make the tricks work on their own.  Aaron, the Editor simply encouraged me to do my best. Thanks to him, I came out looking great.  I also saw clear communication between the departments and this kept the project moving along at a brisk pace. Communication should be clear and concise so no one’s time is wasted. Aaron was a gem. His kind suggestions and clear guidelines made the text and flow of each book come out in a superior way.

Each person that was involved in my books were also working on various stages of several other books at the same time and they went from one project to the next with excitement for their work and with cool confidence. Clear communication was a major key to this team’s success. They knew how to do their job and they did it well, and worked well with each other. This brings us to key #2.

Key #2 – Hire people who are experts and let them be free.  At Capstone press I saw extremely creative people working with excellence and style. The results of their work was artistic, and in many cases very stunning. I paged through many of their other books and the body of work was absolutely excellent.

The photo artist who took the pictures for the book was equally skilled and had a keen eye for the composition of the photos. She set me at ease and it was a relaxing and fun photo shoot. Setting the subject at ease goes a long way to the overall quality at the end of it all. There were hundreds of photos taken in one day and you can see in the books the playful way it all came together to teach the subject in a fun and clear way.

The key is to hire experts and let them do their thing… excellence will result.  A great team needs one more thing in their people. This characteristic is: to be just plain nice people.

Key #3 The key is to simply be kind and nice. This is simple yet can be difficult. These seem like obvious skills that we learn in kindergarten and from our parents, but without these attributes no business will last long. To keep a positive working environment is vital. If there is bickering or put downs in the office, creative people shut down and the negative effects can come across to the clients or customers.  A positive attitude and cheerful disposition can be cultivated in ourselves and spread to others. These are valuable traits that bring joy to the days work and contribute greatly to success.

Key #4  Set reasonable goals and achieve them.  This team knew what they were capable of and they set goals that were challenging yet, doable. They worked out the approximate time needed to achieve each goal.  In my case, there were four deadlines one for each book.  The deadlines were tight but within reason. When I got approval in each magic trick I would go forward and write the final draft.  Of course there were many changes and adaptations and it was fun to see the books evolve throughout the creative process.


These books are found across America and around the World. This is the original set I wrote a few years back.. I now have ten total titles with this wonderful publisher.  The first set sold over 100,000 copies making.


Magic shows bring live to company parties, team building meetings and family events. is the spot for more information on making your next event a stand out success.





All ages Enjoy Comedy Magic

Two weeks back I did four shows on one day.

The morning magic show was for the school aged child care at the Salvation Army in St. Paul. The director said the show was wonderful and the kids had a great time. It was evident by their faces throughout the show. I like that look of startled amazement that happens after one of the tricks catches the person by surprise.  Magic is amazing.

Later that same day I did three programs for elderly at the Ecumen Parmly Life Points senior care center. These folks were so fun. Many were dressed up in their Halloween hats. They enjoyed joining in and being a part of the show. They remember the classic TV variety shows such as Ed Sullivan, Sonny and Cher, the tonight Show with Johnny Carson. On those programs many variety performers such as myself brought laughs to audiences across America.  So they really enjoy seeing the the comedy and amazing magic tricks in person.

Most of these residents were in wheelchairs, and that is no problem as I brought the tricks right to them. I would pass out ropes to be examined before one stunt, or I would have them hold props and even one is decked out with a star covered cape and magic top hat and then becomes the magician for the vanishing bottle trick. It is very fun, and I love to see the smiling faces and hear the laughter as the tricks unfold. One trick they all enjoyed participating in was when I strolled through the crowd and pulled silver dollars from their ears and elbows.  I enjoyed seeing their gasps of amazement as I filled my bucket with coins.


All ages enjoy seeing a comedy magic show in St. Paul or Minneapolis.  I always have such a happy feeling as I leave a show.  So many people come up after to say it was great.  I just do my best and strive for excellence. For the younger children’s shows, I stand by the exit as the children leave the show and wave goodbye and give them a souvenir from the show. It is fun to see their smiling faces as they say, “Wow, how did you do that?” “my favorite trick was when you…” or “That was so cool.”

For the senior groups I love to walk through the audience and say goodbye to each person. Their faces light up and they offer such nice compliments.  I want them to know I appreciate them and that I was glad when they helped with the various tricks. I’ll ask, “How did you make that scarf disappear? Or, how did you make that newspaper trick work?”  I want everyone at the senior care facility to know that they are special and yet some how they pour their kindness and love back on me and I leave feeling great.

The director of activities at Parmly Care Center wrote a nice letter a week later.

“Thank you so much! I heard some rave reviews!!” – Shannon Y.

Tonight I do my third appearance over the past 6 years for the Senior Group at Saint Alphonsus Church in Brooklyn Center. I look forward to it as they are so much fun.


Last weekend I did a regular adult audience for a school fund raiser. 350-400 adults laughing at the comedy magic is my favorite sound.  I look forward to bringing comedy and fun to your special event in Minnesota. I bring Comedy entertainment to Holiday parties and company banquets.

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 for Summer Company Picnics

Summer is almost here and I would love to bring some magic to your company picnic. All ages love it and many parents come up after and say they had as much fun as the kids.  I do clean comedy for grown ups too!


I have been presenting high quality magic shows to family audiences for over 28 years. MN State Fair, Kansas and South Dakota state fairs, and many Minnesota County fairs have enjoyed this show. Camp Snoopy had it over a dozen times.


Oh, and besides magic, I am now a best-selling Children’s book author with eight hardcover books from Capstone Press. This summer they will release four more books I wrote during the past 12 months. You not only get a really fun, action-packed magic show, you also get a Minnesota author visit.


Your families will enjoy the interactive comedy and unique magic tricks that I bring. Many of the tricks are my own invention so this is not a typical magic show.


Let me know how I can help bring some fun comedy magic to your upcoming events this summer.


Thank you!



        Norm Barnhart – St. Paul, MN



“Live Entertainment is the Liveliest Entertainment!”


Bring Magical Fun to your Company Picnic with Mr. Norm

Magic and Comedy adds Fun to Family Events

Calvary kids 2014 in show

Magic shows are fun.  I love to bring comedy magic to family events at festivals and banquets. Here is a photo from a recent show at Calvary Church in Roseville, MN.

Last week I once again presented the Abracadabra magic show at Ronald McDonald House for the families there.

Yesterday I enjoyed a visit to the families at Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. I have presented programs for this fine institution for over 15 years.  It is fun to see the kids smiling. Maybe the magic and fun adds some fun to their day and takes their minds off the difficulties for a while.

I always leave thinking, how fortunate I am that I have not had to spend a long period of time there with my child.  I do know that if I had to be in a hospital with a child – this would be a very fine place to be.  The staff are so kind and the quality of care is top knotch.

My school show page is at this site.

That is the place for comedy and magic in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota.

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.

Motivational Magic is a Hit at Conference

The self-advocacy conference 2013 was held at the Crown Plaza in downtown St. Paul. I had fun and it was a full house with a very enthusiastic audience.

Kathy one of the directors wrote:  “Everyone  had a fabulous time and really enjoyed your show.”

I enjoy bringing smiles and a motivational message to groups. Please take a moment to learn more at

I present comedy magic with a motivational message of teamwork and service to civic groups,businesses and corporate groups.  Its motivational magic and comedy that uplifts and encourages.

It is a fun way to salute your staff at events and awards banquets in Minnesota. I also do magic shows in Wisconsin. I also work around the nation.  But headquarter out of Minneapolis.