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The Story of KIDabra




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 their 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 Chris Weed has carried on Joe's incredible table legacy with ShowTime Magic there.

Important artistic voices like Max Howard, Hiawatha, and Dr. Charles Pecor have brought depth and meaning to what we do.

New Young voices are also emerging here with Christopher T Magician, Carisa, Scott Green and Mario, all dedicated professionals who embrace and respect the KIDshow profession.

World class performers like Keith Fields, Terry Evanswood, Buster Balloon, Todd Neufeld, Trevor Lewis, David Kaye and Jay Johnson regularly teach, and innovate with us.

We are touched with the humility, and humor of Gary Shelton, Tommy James, Jim Austin, Nathan J Roberts and Tate Elliott.

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. 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.

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.

It is the conference, as a working pro, that I want to attend. The pieces of the puzzle to your growth, and your success are here, and ready if you're willing to accept the challenge.

There is a place you are invited to be in August, and again in January, with a group of people who "get you!"


Welcome to the KIDabra Family!

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