Circus Magic Arts & Ministry Convention Schedule 2022

Spring Training:

Knocking Your Performance Out of the Park!

Honoring Tim Laynor & Ann Sanders

February 25-27, 2022 Fort Magruder Convention Center Williamsburg, VA

with”Thursday, February 24th 4-7pm         Early Registration and Check in                               Outside Clown Alley

Thursday 7pm                                    Staff & Dealer Meeting                                              Big Top


Thursday 8pm                                    Madness Jam                                                             High Flyer                                                                        

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

Friday, February 25th

8:00-10:00                   Registration Open (get there early to avoid the rush)   Outside Clown Alley

8:15-8:30                     Morning Devotions with Hope Holmes                                                  Big Top                               

9:00-4:00                     Intensive Tracks


Clown Stores open 8:00am-10:00pm                                                                                       Clown Alley


Friday Intensive Tracks (additional fee)

  1. Puppet Construction & Performance with David Messick                         Red Nose


Join the Rainbow Puppets as you construct a fully functional hand puppet.  This workshop will provide you with a fully-sewn base puppet, created by Jill and the Prince Puppets.   We will add eyes, arms, and decorations to make this puppet your very own.  Then, we’ll shake them to the music as we work on presentation skills and create a full puppet program which will be presented Friday night at the official launch of CIRCUS MAGIC ARTS & MINISTRY.


  1. Balloon Décor with Chris Burton Certified Balloon Artist,                         Big Top

     Valerie Tutson & Aarona Clemons  


We are going to be teaching 3 unique styles of balloon décor. Classic (structures, arches and columns), organic (cascade of balloons, frames and demi-arches), and deco twisting (creating sculptures for table tops, making numbers, also sculptures for VBS.


  1. The Business of Entertaining with Lee Andrews, Dave Risley,                         Mrs. Claus’s Bakery

       Dave Hill & Mary Ann Ross


How to market yourself professionally with Lee Andrews. In order to make clowning your FULL-TIME profession you need to be able to market your product! In this class we will look at the great product you already have and expound on ways to sell your shows! We travel through different aspects of marketing and social media to achieve your goal of making clowning your full time profession…or at least a FUN way to make a secondary income!


Business Aspects of Children’s Parties with MaryAnn Ross: Fun & interactive class explaining basic do’s and don’ts of business practice. Preparation before arrival, Coulrophobia and ideas on how to avoid a bad situation. This energetic and interactive class also touches on contracts, liabilities, advertising, music   and a children’s height perspective. All of these points are explained in full and personal experiences are shared with everyone. Notes are encouraged and please feel free to ask questions … pick my brains!


The Magic of Performing for Fairs and Other Outdoor Venues with Dave Hill, the King of Fairs & Festivals!


Tapping the Day Care Market with Dave Risley the performer of over 17,000 shows!


  1. “Skit, Bits, & Gags” with Bob & Teresa Gretton High Flyer


This workshop will be interactive.  Learn the building blocks of a skit. Creating a show with skits, bits, and gags.  Tips on developing better stage presence. Working to the 4th wall, projecting, making eye contact with your audience. The Rule of threes. The art of up staging. Staying in character. Playing to the audience. Using the stage, and much, much more….



4:00-6:30         Dinner on your own with a new friend!


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


Featuring the fun ONE minute dealer with your MC Chris Burton and performance by the Puppet Class, announcements, and introductions of the teaching and performing staff. Plus…a fun scavenger hunt!                                         


7:45-10:00       Clown Stores Open  


8:00-10:00       Madness Jam                                                                                                 High Flyer                                                                        

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, February 26th

8:00-10:00 Registration

8:30-8:45   Morning Devotions with Chris Burton                                                                      High Flyer           

8:00-5:00   Clown Store Open

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


Little Big Tops will be in the Longstreet from 9:30 to 5:00               



9:30-10:30       Seminars

  1. Tips & Tricks with Balloons for the Wow Factor! With Karan                                     Big Top
  2. Creating an Entertainment Resume. As part of the business and marketing

                              portfolio, we can present the why and how to create an Entertainment Resume

                              that helps performers get noticed.  Dean and Julie                                                       Magic Hat

  1. Glitter Tattoos with Mary Ann Ross                                                                                Red Nose                               



10:45-11:45     Seminars

  1. Theatrics for Clowns with Hope Holmes CBA & Mike Britt                                 Big Top                                                                    
  2. Exceeding Customer Expectations. This session is particularly helpful with

repeat clients to understand the importance and difference in what drives                                             customer satisfaction and customer delight. Deanna and Julie                           Magic Hat                                                                                                                            

  1. Care and Use of Feather Flowers with Wayne Shifflett                                      Red Nose                           


11:45-1:00       Lunch With A New Friend!


1:00-2:00         Seminars

  1. Healing Power of Laughter: Hospital Clowning with Lee Andrews                     Big Top
  2.          Making Paper Napkin Roses with Bob Gretton                                                 Magic Hat                                
  3.          Greatest Clown Walk A Rounds with Dave Hill                                              Red Nose


2:15-3:15          Seminars

  1. Gospel Magic with Earl Long                                                                        Big Top
  2. Comedy Storytelling with Riz                                                                        Magic Hat
  3. Strolling Puppetry with David Messick                                                         Red Nose


3:30-4:30          Seminars

  1. The Beauty of Great Looking Makeup with Lee Andrews                            Big Top                                                                  
  2. Face Painting for Fun and Profit with Hope Holmes CBA                      Magic Hat
  3. Easy Balloon Sculptures with Kelly Dillon and Chris Emery                        Red Nose


5:00-5:15         A Fun Show with the Little Big Top and                                                       Big Top

Boss Clowns Bob & Teresa Gretton     


5:30-6:15          Seminars               

  1. Business Aspects of Children’s Parties with Mary Ann Ross       Big Top                                                                
  2. Stage props/pocket props will improve your show with Dave Hill     Magic Hat
  3. Performing Multiple Characters with Victor Thomas                     Red Nose                                               


7:00-9:00           Circus Magic Banquet                                                                                   Big Top/High Flyer

 The Hilarious Antics of Lee Andrews, Victor Thomas and CM tribute to Ann Sanders and Tim Laynor. They will be performing “DO Eat” a memorial tribute to “Girlfriend the Clown” . Also presenting two rising stars: Luther Jones and Caymen Wood!


9:00-?                Last Chance to Shop


Sunday, February 27th

9:00-9:45         Seminars

  1. Juggling 101 Victor Thomas                                                                         Big Top                                                         
  2. Birthday Party Magic with Chris Burton CBA                                                High Flyer


10:00-10:45     Clown Worship Service – come join us in fellowship!                                   Big Top



Super Santa Sunday: Set up Saturday evening Magic Hat/Red Nose

Mrs. Santa’s meets in Mrs. Santa’s Bakery


See you next year – same date and location!


Join Us For a Magical Experience with Lee Andrews

9AM to 5 PM

The legend of Santa Claus is known and loved the world over. There are very few figures in history that have the recognition and international fame like Santa Claus. For Super Santa Sunday in 2021 join Lee Andrews, one of the most sought-after Santa’s in the southeast. Lee will share with you some his secrets of being that world-famous icon. Be prepared to learn about the image of Santa Claus, and how to recreate that look. You will also learn professional marketing and how to grow your Santa into a money generator. Learn how to perform magic in a way that it’s not magic but magical! Don’t have a real beard? No problem, neither does Lee! You will learn about wigs sets and wig care! Lee will also discuss how to have productive moments while in the chair, even when time is of the essence! Lee Andrews has performed at theme parks, malls, Fortune 500 companies, and so many more amazing events! You will not want to miss this opportunity to LAUGH and Learn!



Santa Nana’s Holiday University

Deanna Golden and Julie Broderick

9AM-5PM Sunday

Come experience a different point of view for holiday education. With Santa Nana’s Holiday University, our unique approach to learn, share, encourage and connect with others helps you to be a great solo performer, or a great partner.

Deanna Golden and Judi Broderick bring an exclusive curriculum for this one-day jam-packed event. Find out more about the history of the female performer, character development, style, how to market yourself as a solo performer or as a partner, and tips to design an exciting event.

Deanna and Judi will also lead discussions on trends and diversity in the Christmas community, explore the many faces of Mrs. Claus, and more! So much to cover, you will not want to miss a minute.

To register, write to or call 757-615-8355 for more information

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Morning Session

– History of Mrs. Claus

– Your Character on the Inside

– Your Character on the Outside

– Marketing and Business Basics


Afternoon Session:

– Technology and Virtual Visits

– Working in the Christmas Community

– What Would Mrs. Claus Do?

– Round Table: The Many Faces of Mrs. Claus

– Dream it…Design it