KAX Schedule 2018

2018 Schedule  Coming Late Summer after KIDabra Conference

Until then enjoy the Schedule from 2017


Keep you eyes peeled as Surprises Unfold, Jaws drop, and the Puzzle Pieces come together on a living breathing piece of Art called KAX!

You're Invited to Join Us for

An Incredible Adventure

of Serious Study, Amazing Fun, and Lifelong Friends!

We Can't Wait to Welcome You to KAX!

Tuesday January 24  Evening

An Optional Visit to The Magic Castle

 (Early Birds and Small Groups of Friends on their own enjoy the Castle before KAX Conference Begins.)



Wednesday  January 25 Daytime

Small Group Escorted Tours of Axtell Studios throughout the day.

(Please select your shuttle time as you register.)


Before or After your Axtell tour, explore on your own or with a group, the beauty of the beach, the Harbors, Downtown Ventura and Oldtown Oxnard. Enjoy the shops, and restaurants.

In the area discover, The Channel Islands, Wine Tours, The Reagan Library, and the original Patagonia Store!

Wednesday January 25, Evening:  KAX Conference Begins:

Wecome Ceremonies and The Third KAX KIDshow Auction

6:00 PM KAX Registration Opens


7:00 PM KAX Opening Ceremonies, Welcome and The KAX KIDshow Auction featuring Auctioneer Exraordinare: Gary Shelton!


Full Auction Info Here

Thursday  January 26th:  KAX Conference

8:30 AM  KAX: The KIDabra Midyear

Registration Open

Vendors Open 9:00 AM

Your Host for the Day is Joe Selph

10:00 Dave Cox


11:00 Barry Mitchell

The New Lecture

Car Keys and Caffeine

Noon: Lunch

Items available for purchase in The Market and great restaurants are around the area.

1:30 PM  Jay Johnson

The Music of Comedy

This past January at KAX, Tony Award Winner, Jay Johnson, presented an original talk on Ethics, It was funny, brilliantly researched, and thoughtful. He took a dry topic and stunningly, made it wildly interesting!

Jay has become our resident philosopher at KAX, much in the way Max Howard is at KIDabra Conference. This coming January he turns his thoughts towards The Music of Comedy! And if you know and love his work, it's time well spent!

3:30 PM Keith Fields

The Live Show and Lecture

If Ever a Wiz There Was!




5:30 PM  Dinner Break




Thursday January 26:  Evening at KAX Conference

7:00 PM  AX At KAX

An Evening of Axtell Surprises! 

Join Steve, for Amazing, Jaw dropping surprise after surprise! 


World premieres, and a look inside the genius of Axtell!



This is A KAX Highlight Event!



9:30 PM Vendors Show and Fun!


Followed by the opening of The KAX Vendors Room

11:30 PM: KAX Late Night

The Balloon Jam Wow!

Hosted by Annie and Buster

BYOB (Bring your Own Balloons)




Friday January 27:  KAX Conference Continues

8:30 AM  KAX: The KIDabra Midyear

Registration Open

Vendors Open 9:00 AM

Your host for the day is Brian Hoffman


9:30  AM  KIDTalks


The Amazing KAX KIDTalks are jam packed, and important info for delivered in a fun TED Talkesque style just for you!

Join FISM Winner Robert Baxt sharing Presence: Performing In The Moment, The Wildly Creative Barry Mitchell with Personality: Pick It & Pitch It, Popular Chicago Performer and Game Show Star Scott Green with a Fascinating talk on How to Channel Game Show Hosts to Successfully Managre your Audience, and from one of the most Dynamic Business Minds in our industry Christopher Weed with Hands-on Facebook Promotions! Wow!
A Don't Miss KAX Highlight Event!

11:00 Q and A with Justin Reed from Casting for America's Got Talent

Hosted by Dave Cox

Noon: Lunch

Items available for purchase in The Market and great restaurants are around the area.

1:30 PM David Strassman

Behind The Scenes

David makes his First Ever Conference Appearance Anywhere! He takes you inside his genius with a look at Puppet Manipulation with his co-stars Chuck and Ted E. Bare.

How he started, his successes and failures, and the things he does to move the art forward are time well spent with David Strassman!

3:30 PM  Sylvia Fletcher

The Live Show

with Invited Kids, and

Lecture Afterwards.

5:30 PM  Break and Dining Choices available in the hotel and the area.



Friday January 27: Friday Night at  KAX Conference

An Evening with Martin Lewis



7:00 PM




Martin Lewis is a Two Time Winner of the Academy of Magical Arts “Lecturer of the Year,”  and one of the most respected innovators in all of magic. Imagine, a lecture that features effects presented on prime time TV by the most famous magicians in the world of his original magic!


 A popular crusie ship performer, Martins graceful, beautiful and professional presentations are what we all strive to achieve. His ability to teach effects and theory at the same time while continually entertaining everyone embody the essence of what we are all about at KAX!



8:30 PM  Visit the Vendors and Network



10:00 PM  KAX Late Night Event:

The Power of The Puppet

Hosted by Joe Selph


A magical venture into a incredible world that is Disneyland, Christmas, and your Birthday all rolled into one.

With the help of Joe and some special friends, like Muppet Puppeteer from The Jim Henson Company, Victor Yerrid and more surprise guests you never know what vent, puppetry tips, rare props, and performances and hands-on experiences you'll have!

This fantastic late night event is Pure Magic!

We can't wait to experience the incredible surprises in store for January during Power of the Puppet!

Saturday January 28:  KAX The Final Day

8:30 AM  KAX: The KIDabra Midyear

2015 KAX Pre-Registration Opens

Vendors Open 9:00 AM

Your hosts for the day is Yoly Pacheco



9:30 Buster Balloon

Balloons and Magic!


10:30 AM  Robert Baxt

Komedy for Kids of All Ages!

Noon: Lunch

Items available for purchase in The Market and great restaurants are around the area.

1:30 PM  Ace Miles

The Live Show with Captain Jack Spareribs

A Pirate Ship, A Pirate, Magic, Puppetry, Juggling, and General Mayhem will delight shipmates and landlubbers alike.

(This program will be presented outdoors if weather permits, and yes there really is a Pirate Ship! Ace will lecture for us following the performance.)

3:00 PM  An Afternoon with Michael Lantieri The Academy Award Winning Special Effects Supervisor of Jurassic Park

Hosted by Matt Bailey


In the late nineteenth century a French stage magician named George Melies would revolutionize early cinema as the Father of Movie Special Effects. From those early moments in movies (check out his masterpiece A Trip to the Moon) until now the artisans of Special Effects have scaled great heights and given us some of the most memorable moments of movie going magic. None more so than Michael Lantieri!

His Filmography is astounding and just to name a few: Westworld on HBO, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, Wild Wild West, Mars Attacks, Land of the Lost, Hook, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Get Smart: The Movie, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and work on the ride itself at Disneyland, Back to The Future II and III and so much more!

However it was a movie where his love for puppetry, animatronics, and dinosaurs would allow his work to sparkle. (After all he considers himself a puppeteer, albeit on a large scale.) It would garner him an Academy Award for Special Effects on Jurassic Park! Come meet the very down to earth, Michael Lantieri! Be inspired by his creativity, and learn how he is just like you in his drive to put on the best show he can!

Saturday January 28:  The Saturday Night Gala 8:00 PM

 Featuring the Stars of KAX!


Join us for a fun evening of Laughs, Magic, Ventriloquism, and Fun. Your Master of Ceremonies for The Evening is Robert Baxt!

Open to the public, tickets available at the door and KAX Registration Booth! (Your conference badge is your ticket.)


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