Circus Magic Arts & Ministry Convention Schedule 2018

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Special Classes for Pastors and Children Ministries Workers!

Honoring Tom E Boy King 

Thursday, September 20th 8:00-4:00

8:00-10:00  Registration Open in the atrium (get there early to avoid the rush)

8:15-8:30    Morning Devotions with Ann Gramlich in the Gwinn Chapel

9:00-4:00    Intensive Tracks

Clown Stores open 9:00am-10:00pm

Thursday Intensive Tracks (additional fee)

  1. Super Balloon Workshop with Norm Barnhart, DJ Ehlert & Karan Robbins

Bring Your Own Pump Please    Gwinn Chapel                                                                  

“Adding the WOW to your Balloons” This class will be on adding some WOW factor to your balloons. It will teach you how to make that dollar balloon turn into a five dollar balloon.  How to WOW your clients so they can see your value. How to make the Balloon person down the road say WOW I wish I could do stuff like that! This will be a hands on class bring your balloons and your pumps. Some sample balloons available.


  1. Puppet Making & Performance with the Gramlich’s       Fellowship Hall                               

Learn how to make both sacred and secular puppet presentations delightfully “edutaining”. Morning session will focus on puppetry skills and weaving together a fun performance to be presented Friday evening. Afternoon session will be a creative adventure in puppet and prop building – lots of different kits to choose from. Kit price included in workshop fee.


7:00-?  Staff Performance: Talent Show, come clap, cheer or boo! Gwinn Chapel

8:00-10:00   Madness Jam                                                                                

Balloons, glitter tattoos, juggling, magic and face painting. Bring what you have and teach others what you know! And bring a snack to share! Social Hall


Friday, September 21st 9:00-4:00

7:30-10:00 & 3:00-6:00 Registration in the Atrium

8:15-8:30   Morning Devotions with DJ Ehlert

9:00-4:00   Intensive Tracks

Clown Stores open 9:00am-6:00pm

 Friday Intensive Tracks (additional fee)

  1. Clown Ministry with The Gramlichs      Gwinn Chapel

                                                     I’m a clown! I have been asked to share at my church! What do I do? No Budget? No backdrop? No props? No experience? Well here we go! Let’s do ministry in exciting and creative ways using items around the house, the church and even your garage! Watch how YOU can bring the Bible alive and have it speak to you like you’ve never experienced before! Come ready to participate!


2.Balloon Décor with Chris Burton Certified Balloon Artist     Sanctuary                 


The basics of balloon decor will be taught with an “On-The-Job Training Approach”.  We will use round and entertainer balloons to create decor that will be utilized throughout the convention area. Information will be provided about equipment needed for sizing, building columns and characters as well.


  1. Face Painting For Fun & Profit with Hope Holmes CBA      Parlor                             

This art form adds excitement to any type of event! Circus Magic staff presents this class that will improve your abilities. You will learn to do a variety of designs suitable for boys, girls and big kids. These are the most popular designs that are requested to be painted over and over again. In addition, Glitter Tattoos will be taught and all can participate!


 4:00-5:30   Dinner on Your Own, Exhibits Open & Registration 

6:30-6:45   First Timers Meet with Michael Britt in the Chapel

6:45-7:45   Welcome to Circus Magic Convention!                                                   

Featuring the fun ONE minute dealer show with the Gramlichs & Performance of the Puppet Class with MC Norm Barnhart also, Announcements, and introductions of the teaching and performing staff.                                             Sanctuary

7:45-10:00   Clown Stores Open

8:00-10:00   Madness Jam

Balloons, glitter tattoos, juggling, magic and face painting. Bring what you have and teach others what you know! And bring a snack to share!


Saturday, September 22nd

8:00-10:00 Registration in the atrium

8:30-8:45   Morning Devotions with Gary Gramlich   Chapel

8:00-5:00   Clown Store Open

9:00-9:15   Group Photo: A free photo will be posted online  Sanctuary



9:30-10:30      Seminars

  1. The Magic of Christmas: Taking Your Holiday Performance to the Next Level Jessica King
  2. There’s More to Clown Shows Than Skits: New Stage Stuff! The Gramlichs
  3. Glitter Tattoos with Mary Ann Ross


10:45-11:45   Seminars

  1. The Magic of Christmas: Taking your Holiday Performance to the Next Level with Jessica King
  2. Working With a Partner: I Have Your Back with The Grettons
  3. Theatrics for Clowns with Hope Holmes & Mike Britt


11:45-1:00  Lunch With A New Friend! Church Youth Group will provide sandwich, chips,

drink and a cookie for 6 bucks! This is a fund raiser for their group.

1:00-2:00        Seminars

  1. Theatricks for Clowns with Hope Holmes and Mike Britt
  2.   Making Paper Napkin Roses with Bob Gretton
  3.   Greatest Clown Walk A Rounds with Dave Hill

2:15-3:15        Seminars

  1.   Comedy Storytelling with Riz
  2. Sunday Schools with a Wow! Pastor Gramlich
  3.  Gospel Balloons with Norm Barnhart

3:30-4:30       Seminars

  1. How to Make a Puppet Come to Life with Riz
  2. Performing for Birthday Parties with Mary Ann Ross
  3. Magical Fun for Everyone with Norm Barnhart

4:45-6:00       Seminars

  1. Juggling 101 with Earl Long
  2. Business Aspects of Children’s Parties with Mary Ann Ross
  3.   Fooling Their Eyes While Winning Their Hearts with Dave Hill7:00-9:00       Circus Magic Banquet
    The Hilarious Antics of the Norm Barnhart, Normando and a CM Tribute To Tom King! Special Guest MC: Earl Long. What a night! Also Raffles, Prizes & Scholarship Auction.

9:00-?            Last Chance to Shop


Sunday, September 23rd


 LOCATION: THE NAVY LODGE – NORFOLK 7811 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505




9 am – 10 am:     Santa in the 21st Century

We will discuss the different types of Santa’s venues and talk about some that are disappearing. What does this mean for you?

10 am – 11 am:   Generational marketing: from Baby Boomers to Millennials

We will discuss who are our clients and what do they expect from us, as Santa Claus. What are the best ways to reach your target markets.

11 am – 12 am:   Tools for the Modern-Day Santa Claus!

What are the tools today’s Santa uses to maintain their business and where they can be found?

12 am – 1 pm:     Lunch on your own. Be back by 1 pm.

1 pm – 2 pm:       The Use of Props to Enhance Your Performance Value

20 Props you should never leave home without and why.

2 pm – 3 pm:        Storytelling and the Performance-Based Santa Claus

How to become a performance-based Santa telling stories for the children.

The most asked questions that you need to be prepared to answer as Santa Claus.

3 pm – 4 pm:       The Ultimate Magical Effect! Smart Santa!

95% of our work is Smart which means we are wired for secret communication.  Learn about the equipment, techniques, problems and benefits of working “Smart”. Of all the things we do, Smart Santa is the most important technique we use! It’s now possible to be like the Santa Claus in the movies and know everything about the children that visit you.

4 pm – 5 pm:       How to do a “Sneak-a-Peek” Visit!

Fill up you Christmas Eve with Sneak a Peeks, unforgettable home visits that start at 12 am Christmas Day and end around 5:30 am. These are truly magical experiences originally developed for chronically and terminally ill children and their families.  Learn how to do the ultimate Home visit. 


Next Year’s Dates September 19-21, 2019