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August 22-25, 2018
Pigeon Forge, TN
Watch as Surprises Unfold for 2018,  and the Puzzle Pieces fill in on a living breathing piece of Art:
For Now Enjoy the Schedule of 2017


Come Early,

See The Shows!

Pigeon Forge is filled with a stunning selection of Shows and Attractions!



Optional Pre-Conference Amazing Stuff To Do!


Monday August 7, 2017  Optional WorkshopsOptional Biz Builders

9:00 AM

Tom Vorjohan and Michael Messing:

Recipes for Family Fun:

A Dynamic Mix on Restaurant Magic

Registration Opens 8:30 AM
Optional Pre-Conference Event
ShowSkills: The KIDabra How To Workshops
ShowSkills are a remarkable series of Workshops that harken back to the beloved KIDabra Breakouts. Designed for you to experience them all in depth, one at a time! Come be  inspired, motivated, and enlightened to the possibilities of our performing/show world.
Be sure and add this Optional Workshop Event to your Registration.


With over 60 years of restaurant magic experience between them, several awards, and dozens of restaurants, this fab duo delivers a fun mix of magic, knowledge, and balloons for the family restaurant worker.

Have they got tips for you! For instance, Getting the whole family involved is an important key. Michael and Tom share the ideas and the tabletop-tested routines that are Recipes to keep you busy in the Land of Family Dining!

10:30 AM

Niels Duinker
Juggling Workshop
Spend quality time with one of the World's Best Jugglers. Niels works at your skill level to help you "defy gravity!"
BYOJP (Bring your own juggling props)


Lunch Choices Available in the Conference Center and around the area.

1:30 PM


Christopher Cool

3:00 PM


Christopher Weed
Facebook Marketing Unleashed

Riveting, eye opening info delivered rapid fire and entertainingly from Arizona's favorite Serial Entrepreneur!

Monday Evening, August 7th:  KIDabra Conference Begins!

5:00 PM

Registration Opens

7:00 PM

The Special Welcome Ceremony

and then

The 23rd Annual Kid Show Magic Auction Auctioneered by Gary Shelton!

Our legendary auction with tons of great buys! (You must be registered for the convention to participate as a buyer or a seller.)
Auction info and guidelines here.
Tuesday, August 8

9:00 AM  Welcome to KIDabra International Conference.

Registration Opens

Dealers Open


Your host for the day is Jim Austin

10:00 AM

Jeff Wawrzasek

Magical  Memory Makers

How to Make You, Your Magic,

and Your Marketing More Memorable!

Are potential clients looking for YOU… or looking for someone who does what you do?
Being a quality performer is always key but not always enough; very often, you may have to do, be, or offer something more to get their attention and get the gig.
Jeff shares valuable tips and ideas on what you can do to stand out in your market, remain first in mind with your clients, and monopolize your marketplace.
You’ll discover:
• Some exclusive upsells your competition isn’t offering but your clients will find hard to resist.
• Simple and effective ways to customize and
personalize your show.
• How to put your contact information into very “receptive” hands with materials they will want, keep, and proudly show to others.
• An inexpensive leveraging idea I used to book 5 out of 5 premium dates when the clients mentioned they were considering several other entertainers.
Incorporate these and other ideas shared in this lecture into your branding, and you’ll have your prospects and clients believing that, regardless of price, the Obvious and Only choice for their event is YOU!


11:00 AM

Barry Mitchell

Five Performance Portals That Will Change Your Show

Barry is back with his 25th consecutive KIDabra/KAX presentation. Since 2000, Barry has presented 24 sessions for KIDabra events. He has reflected back to recognize five portals or doorways he has chosen to walk through that changed his life. His discoveries will create opportunities for you too. Are you ready to change your performance life?



Lunch Choices Available in the Hotel and area.


1:30 PM

Ken Scott

The New Live Show with an invited audience of kids and lecture afterwards.



3:00 PM

Christopher T. Magician


5:30 PM


Tuesday Evening, August 8

7:00 PM

A Very Special Evening

Rockin' The Library


An Amazing Evening of Routines, Tricks, Props, and Creative ideas to Inspire you for Next Years Summer Reading Program!

Directed and Hosted by Christopher T. Magician, and featuring: Ken Scott, Barry Mitchell, Dorian LaChance, Skip Way.  Carisa Hendrix, Jim Kleefeld, and Scott Green!



9:00 PM


Dealers Minute Show
followed by Visiting and Shopping in The Dealers Room!


The Legendary​
Late Night Jam


Thursday, August 8

Thursday, August 8

Thursday, August 8

Wednesday, August 9

8:00 AM WOW Senior Show Morning Jam







9:00 AM KIDabra International Conference Continues:

Registration Opens

Networking Time

Your Host for the Day is Joe Selph


9:30 AM


The Anatomy of a Fart Joke

One of the biggest Kid's movies of the Summer will be the outrageous and mildly gross Captain Underpants!

It's no surprise to experienced children's entertainers that kids find odd, icky things funny. This timely talk is designed to take the mystery out of what makes the little ones giggle and help you find the funny in your own show.

10:30 AM

Scott Green
Power Up Your Props!
The KIDabra Debut Lecture


Lunch Choices Available in the Conference Center

1:30 PM

Mario the Maker Magician: The Lecture
A First Time KIDabra Appearance!


Hiawatha UP

Understanding Parameters





5:30 PM


Wednesday Evening, August 9

Together For The First Time!

Max Howard and Jay Johnson

A Very Special Evening with The Sage of KIDabra and  The Philospher of KAX as they explore performance!



10:30 PM

Late Night at KIDabra
The First Ever Library/School Show Jam
Hosted by Ken Scott
Thursday, August 10

9:00 AM KIDabra International Conference


Registration and Dealer's Opens

Networking Time

                                                                          Your Host for the Day is Glenn Strange

8:00 AM

Santa Morning Jam!

Calling all Santas, Mrs. Claus" and Elves

for a post breakfast visit.


The JIM Kleefeld Sessions
Jim Kleefeld's Original Lectures at KIDabra are Idea Popping Fabulous! His sensational column in The KIDabra Journal is User Friendly Gold!
For the last three years he has also written a column in MUM Magazine with Essential KIDshow Philosophies and Terrific Routines, and come August it becomes a New Book and Lecture Debuting Just for You!


KID Talks







Thursday Morning KiDTalks at KIDabra are Amazing Nuggets of Knowledge, Information and Delight!

 Dorian LaChance helps you "Bring Your Show to Life" with clever animations you can make yourself. Carisa shares the very important: "It's All Gone Wrong!: Lessons from the Brink of Failure." Barry Mitchell: "What I Learned from Video Testimonials" And John Tudor joins us in his First Ever Presentation at KIDabra!


Lunch Choices Available in the Conference Center and the Area


Jay Johnson

The Puppet: A Workman's  Workshop

If you had a rare opportunity to study with a Master, would you seize the moment? This August explore how life is breathed into an inanimate object to "high magic" with one of the World's Best, The Tony Award Winning Jay Johnson! (Jay approaches his topics in a thoughtful, funny, and unforgettable way you will long remember!) 

Be sure and watch Jay's Broadway Show; The Two and Only available on Amazon. ( Shot live live in Thalia Hall, Wilmington, NC with The Riz's son Ryan as one of the principal videographers.)


A KIDabra Feature Event!





3:00 PM

KIDabra Dealers Open for Final Shoping
The Annual KIDabra Drawing  takes place in the dealers room this year! Don't Miss It!




Dinner out and about, but hurry back for The Gala :)


​8:00 PM

The KIDabra Gala Show

with Master of Ceremonies: The Tony Award Winning Star of The Two and Only, and  The Ground Breaking Sitcom Soap: Jay Johnson

Tickets avaialble at the door for friends and family. You're Registration badge is your ticket.

More Info Here


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