The Adventure Unfolds
The year was 1968 for the 40th gathering of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. They met at the Read House Hotel in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Which operates to this day.)
Special guests Edwin Hooper and Ian Adair of Supreme Magic had traveled from England, and for the first time, in person there, they meet Karrell Fox, David Ginn, Duke Stern, and Warren Stephens. Wow! This would cement lifelong friendships and business relations with all. Arguably, It was a powerhouse confluence that would root an International KIDshow movement for the years to come. One could also surmise that the path to KIDabra, unknowingly, began there.
It seems only fitting that over half a century later we revisit this storied ground to begin the next chapter of KIDabra Reunited 2022.
KIDabra 2022 Destination: Chattanooga Tennessee
KIDabra’s host hotel is the fabulous Embassy Suites Hamilton Place with amazing conference rates and Standard Two Room Suites, Complementary Cooked to Order Breakfast, Complementary Evening Reception, and Free parking. The conference meeting space is wonderful and perfect fit for our needs.
Sightseeing Oh My!
15 to 20 minutes in every direction there are incredible things to do!
A short drive to Chattanooga downtown is one of the top aquariums in the US, the Tennessee Aquarium is home to 12,000 animals. The walkable downtown is filled with shops, restaurants, mini breweries, and carriage rides. It’s very hip and yet a totally down to earth ambience.
Nearby Lookout mountain boasts one of our and Terry Evanswood‘s happy places Rock City, also Ruby falls, the Lookout Mountian Incline Railroad are perennial favorites. The
The famed Chattanooga Choo-Choo is there, and Moon Piesand and Little Debbie snacks are hometown creations.
If you love trains, their all around! The International Towing Museum is actually a must see. (towing recovery vehicles were invented in Chattanooga) The Volkswagen Atlas EV and crossover models are manufactured just 10 minutes from the hotel. The hotel itself has Volkswagen nostalgia throughout and it is really cool.
Restaurants surround the hotel with some of my favorites, and maybe yours too- Mellow Mushroom, Tropical Smoothie Café, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Newks Café, Dos Bros Fresh Mexican Grill, and Drakes. Plus every restaurant you can think of within a mile of the hotel in and around Hamiliton Place Mall.
Something you need or forgot, just can walk over to Publix, and there’s even a walkable urgent care.
The Chattanooga Airport is served by Allegiant, American, Delta, and United. Fly Non-Stop into Chattanooga from Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Washington, DC.
If you like to Fly Southwest Airlines, take them into Atlanta, Charlotte, or Chicago, then catch a short direct flight to Chattanooga on one of the carriers above. If you like the scenic route, driving from Atlanta or Nashville is around 2 hours.)
Travel to the Hotel from the Chattanooga Airport:
Uber or Taxi is is only about $10.00.
Who’s going to be there?
Why the KIDabra family and favorites you love, plus fresh new voices too!
Please take a moment, Register, and make your Room Reservations, and get ready, get excited, and get to KIDabra Reunited 2022-
The KIDshow World Once Again Gathers!
We can’t wait to see you!
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Once upon a time a conference like KIDabra didn't exist. The dream of a place for pro-minded KIDshow Performers to flourish was just a spark.
The realized dream of KIDabra exists today because founder and visionary Mark Daniel was frustrated. As a working KIDshow pro he attended conventions regularly both magic and clown gatherings looking for ideas and wanting to learn how to become a better KIDshow performer. The realization that there was an occasional lecture here and there and the fact that KIDshow performers weren't really respected was disheartening.
With the help of amazing friends and most importantly his ever supportive wife Tami, the concept of nurturing, growing and bringing respect to an important art form began in earnest nearly 30 years ago.
Over the years names like Ken Scott, Barry Mitchell, Dave Risley, Duane Laflin, the late great Bruce Bray, and dozens of other terrific performers have become known throughout the world through their work at KIDabra. Also, an annual industry trade show has grown out of the gathering with the birth there of Barry Mitchell Products, Tim Sonefelt's Wonder Imagery, and Jeff Brown-Jones Magic Backdrops, and more. Joe Lefler considered KIDabra his home base and Christopher Weed has carried on Joe's incredible table legacy with ShowTime Magic here.
Important artistic voices like Max Howard, Hiawatha, and Dr. Charles Pecor have brought depth and meaning to what we do.
As a group, publicly and privately we support scholarships and the kids that will one day be our stars and voices.
Warning! Unlike other conventions, there is work ahead for you at KIDabra. We work on all phases of performance, the act of standing before a group of kids and families is a time honored storytelling that demands the best we can give. You'll be inspired to grow through the inspiration, the history, the tradition, and the progressive vision of continuing to reach higher. We feed the whole performer. The World needs the Best Performers, entertaining, teaching, inspiring, not the best marketers. That said we don't ignore the "business of show" either. The best artists often flounder without the understanding of the business of what they do. We speak to that as well.
Hundreds of performers have grown successful businesses out of KIDabra directly or indirectly. Seasoned pros come for inspiration, and beginners come to find a footing. KIDabra offers the pathway of full experiences, and the real work, well beyond what endless Youtube videos can offer. Sorry, there is no quick magic piil.
One of the really nice things about KIDabra is the lack of egos, politics, and the embrace of the fact that we are here with the common goal of putting on a show, hearing kids laugh, or even sit with rapt attention as magical moments reveal themselves to their delight.
Today I admit I'm a better performer because of KIDabra. It is the conference, as a working pro, that I want to attend. The people, the resources, and the family of KIDabra are a treasure! The pieces of the puzzle to your growth, and your success are here, and ready if you're willing to accept the challenge.
If these notions resonate with you then there is a place you are invited to be in August and again in January at KAX with a group of people who "get you!" It all begins with these words, Welcome to the KIDabra Family!
As the story continues to be told, come be a part of the story, the history and the future of a place called KIDabra!
Grab a Beverage, and Enjoy
Mark's April Studio Side Chatty Chat
The Journey to KIDabra 2022
Kould you imagine a place where you can see Terrific, World Class, Live Children's Shows presented before an audience of experts: kids!
If there was quality time that you could spend with the best lecturer's, teachers and performers from around the KIDshow world, how would you use the time and incredible opportunity? People like Max Howard, Duane Laflin and Barry Mitchell who inspire you!
Did you know, you could learn the creation of routines for your show from studying the most creative folks in our industry? And that it would be so much fun and educational too? (After all once you have a great trick, prop or skit, the work has just begun to turn it into something folks are eager to watch.) Thinkers like Barry Mitchell and Christopher T. Magician, who get your creative juices flowing!
A place where could you go to experience so many styles, viewpoints, theory, and real world expertise of performing for kids and families. How cool it would be to be a part of a chance conversation with Buster, Ken, and Mark talking shop!
Best friends coming together and forging new lifetime friendships and invaluable networking. Find yourself hangin' with folks like Ken Scott, Christopher T., and Skip Way!
Resources, a veritable candy store for performers every need, assembled in one place, at one time, like no other place in the world! Walking around making your dream list with Dan, Tim, Barry, Chris, and more!
And you could do all of this in a resort like atmosphere at one of the top family fun destinations in the US.
There is a place! A Conference that exists, only one place on Earth!
Please join us August 10-13, 2022 during KIDabra Conference where, "Amazing!" is the norm! We can't wait to see you!
To Join Us,
As The KIDshow World Gathers
In- Person & Virtually!