Circus Magic Arts & Ministry Convention Schedule 2024

Hollywood Theme: Reach for the Stars!

Sponsored by: &

Honoring Rick and Monica Chaney

February 29th – March 3rd, 2024 Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach, VA

Thursday, February 29 

11:00-6:00  | Balloon Build: FREE Come join the fun decorating our event. (Big Top)
Experienced balloon décor artists only please.

4:00 – 7:00 | Early Registration and Check in (Outside Clown Alley)

7:00 – 7:30 | Staff & Dealer Meeting (Big Top)

7:30 – ???   | Comedy Improv Contest with Prizes (Big Top)

  • A five-minute opportunity to showcase your talent for the audience. Registrants will have ballots to elect the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
  • Check in at 4:00 on Thursday (first 10 to show up get a competition mystery bag) to perform Thursday evening 7:30. The first 10 will receive a grocery bag full of 5 household props.
  • You will have until 7:30 to create a fun skit or magic show using all the items in the bag including the bag. You have a 5-minute performance time. Groups are welcome.
  • You must be fully registered or a staff/dealer to enter the contest. is our sponsor of this activity. 1st place is a $150 glitter tattoo kit. 2nd place is a FREE night at the host hotel and 3rd place is a FREE Circus Magic shirt. That is $250 in cash and prizes!

Following Contest | Face Painting, Ukulele, Juggling and Balloon Jam (High Flyer)

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

Friday, March 1

8:00-10:00 | Clown Stores Open (Clown Alley)

8:00-10:00 | Registration Open (Outside Clown Alley)

8:15-8:30 | Morning Devotions with Pastor Chris Burton (Big Top)

9:00-4:00 | Intensive Tracks

Friday Intensive Tracks (additional fee)

    • Puppet Construction & Performance: Hope Holmes and Marie Grindle Class Limit 12 (Magic Hat)
      • Build a basic puppet with a glue gun and some imagination. Bring your new friend to life by practicing your manipulation for the evening show! Leave with a finished puppet, a basic knowledge of building, and a room full of new friends! ►Additional materials fee of $25 at the classroom.
    • Face Painting for Fun and Profit with ??? and Jems Body Art (Mrs. Claus Bakery)
      • Bring your own face painting supplies. Simple kits can be purchased at class.
      • Proven designs for both birthday parties and line work. We’ll be starting with
      • Fundamentals and ending with pizazz. Glitter tattoos included!
    • Twisters University with Jeff Estes, Dave Hill, Karan Robins and Chris Burch (High Flyer)
      • Learn from these 4 talented and creative twisters. Whatever skill level you are currently at, they will advance you with their entertaining ways. Entertaining during line work and games with balloons will be addressed as well as some intermediate balloon sculpting. Bring some balloons and a pump. Samples provided at the class. Be ready to laugh and learn!
    • Public Speaking & MC Work for Entertainers: Harold Wood & Steve Kissell  Limit 10 (Red Nose)
      • Learn the art of utilizing your entertainment skills to create a public speaking and workshop program.
      • Want to learn to become an awesome MC? This is the training day for you! Participants will have an opportunity to present (if they wish) and be critiqued as part of this educational event.

    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 exhibitor show with your MC Victor Thomas, performance by the Puppet Class, announcements, introductions of the teaching and performing staff, and a fun scavenger hunt.

    Patriotic Hat Night!

    7:45-10:00 | Clown Stores Open

    8:00-10:00 | Face painting, Ukulele, Juggling and Balloon Jam (High Flyer)

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


    Saturday, March 2

    8:00-10:00 | Registration

    8:30-8:45 | Morning Devotions with Mike Britt (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 Mrs. Claus Bakery from 9:30 to 3:00 Ages 6-13. Sponsored by Air Medics.

    9:30-10:30 | Seminars

    • Building a Magic Camp with Gerry Thompson (Big Top)
    • Stage Presence with Hope Holmes CBA (Magic Hat)
    • The Kid Wins Every Time! Adding a game segment to shows. Tommy Johns (Red Nose)
    • Easy Clown Magic with Dave Hill (High Flyer)

    10:45-12:00  |  Seminars

    • Clown Makeup with Rick and Monica Chaney  (Big Top)
    • Gospel Magic with Earl and Kimberly Long (Magic Hat)
    • Adding More Comedy to Your Shows with Tommy Johns & Gene Cordova (Red Nose)
    • Paper Napkin Rose Making with Bob Gretton (High Flyer)

    12-1:00 | Lunch With A New Friend!

    1:00-2:00 | Seminars

    • Performing for Special Needs Audiences with Bonnie Corcia (Big Top)
    • Skits with Bob & Teresa Gretton (Magic Hat)
    • Marketing & Performing for Libraries with Gene Cordova (Red Nose)

    2:15-3:15 | Seminars

    • Care and Feeding of Feather Flowers with Wayne Shifflett (Big Top)
    • Performing for Preschoolers with Riz (Magic Hat)
    • Creating & Performing Multiple Characters with Victor Thomas (Red Nose)

    3:30-4:30 | Seminars

    • Outreach Performing with Mike & Nina Britt (Mrs. Claus Bakery)
    • Ukulele 101 (bring your own) with Tim Stark and Bonnie Corcia (Magic Hat)
    • Ventriloquism with Gene Cordova (Red Nose)

      4:45-5:45 | Seminars   

      • Advanced Balloon Twisting with Karan Robbins, Jeff Estes, & Chris Burch (Mrs. Claus Bakery)
      • Bubble Magic with Carol Collins (Magic Hat)
      • Family Entertainer to Santa Claus! with Steve & Debra Gilham (Red Nose)

      6:30-9:00 | Circus Magic Banquet (Big Top/High Flyer)

      The Hilarious Antics of Gene Cordova, Tommy Johns, Harold Wood, Little Big Top, and CM Tribute to Rick and Monica! Special Guest MCS: Boppy & PJ. Performances with Caymen & Riz, Guest skit with the Chaney’s. Hollywood Hat Dinner! What a night! Plus: Raffles and Surprises!

      9:00-? | Last Chance to Shop

      Sunday, March 3

      9:00-9:45 | Interfaith Clown Worship Service with Commissioning (Big Top)


      Set Up Saturday Evening: Super Santa Sunday & Santa Nana University in New Market Hall



      with Steve & Debra Gilham

      10AM to 6 PM | Mrs. Claus Bakery

      Next Year February 28-March2, 2025 Join us for our 40th Anniversary!