Circus Magic Arts & Ministry Convention Schedule 2023

Western Theme: The Good, the Bad and the Funny!

Honoring Mike & Nina Britt

February 24-26, 2023 Fort Magruder Convention Center Williamsburg, VA

Thursday, February 23 

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

7:00 – 8:00 | Staff & Dealer Meeting (Big Top)

8:00 – ?: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!

Friday, February 24

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 Mike Britt (Big Top)

9:00-4:00 | Intensive Tracks

Friday Intensive Tracks (additional fee)

    • Puppet Construction & Performance with David Messick & Laura Baldwin   (Red Nose)
      • Build a “human arm” furry monster puppet and then learn to bring it to life. Basic hand sewing skills will be used. Additional materials fee of $25 at the classroom.
    • Balloon Décor with Chris Burton CBA and Aarona Clemons (Big Top)
      • Join us for a rootin’ tootin’ time learning all about new and exciting techniques to help you enhance your balloon décor! We will be learning about classic décor, organic styles, Q-Link techniques and so much more! By the end of the day, you will have helped create a stage full of balloons!
    • Face Painting for Fun and Profit with Hope Holmes and Monica Chaney (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 advanced balloon sculpting. Bring some balloons and a pump. Samples will be provided at the class. Be ready to laugh and learn!

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 Victor Thomas and performance by the Puppet Class, announcements, and introductions of the teaching and performing staff. Plus…a fun scavenger hunt and a couple of guest skit performances
  • 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, February 25

8:00-10:00 | Registration

8:30-8:45 | Morning Devotions with Bonnie Corcia (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.

9:30-10:30 | Seminars

  1. Little Things That Make a Big Difference with Ron Conley (Big Top)
  2. Animating Your Character with Hope Holmes CBA (Magic Hat)
  3. Costuming for Entertainers with Monica Chaney (Red Nose)

10:45-12:00 | Seminars

  1. Theming a Show with Harold Wood (Big Top)
  2. Gospel Magic with Earl and Kimberly Long (Magic Hat)
  3. I’m at a Nursing Home, Now What? With Bonnie Corcia (Red Nose)

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

1:00-2:00 | Seminars

  1. Storytelling Magic with Chris Burton CBA (Big Top)
  2. Making Paper Napkin Roses with Bob Gretton (Magic Hat)
  3. Performing for Birthday Parties with Harold Wood (Red Nose)

2:15-3:15 | Seminars

  1. Movement Techniques for the Entertainer with Jeff McMullen (Big Top)
  2. Performing for Pre-Schoolers with Riz (Magic Hat)
  3. Creating & Performing Multiple Characters with Victor Thomas (Red Nose)

3:30-4:30 | Seminars

  1. Working with a Partner with Mike & Nina Britt (Mrs. Claus Bakery)
  2. Easy Magic for Clowns with Dave Hill (Magic Hat)
  3. Ukulele 101 with Bonnie Corcia and Tim Stark (Red Nose)

4:45-5:45 | Seminars   

  1. Ballooning 101 with Chris Burch & Karan Robins (Mrs. Claus Bakery)
  2. Spring Snake Magic (make it take it) with Ann Sanders & Tim Laynor (Magic Hat)
  3. Making Your Puppets Come Alive with David Messick (Red Nose)

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

  • The Hilarious Antics of the Jeff McMullen, Little Big Top, Ron Conley and CM Tribute to Mike & Nina! Special Guest MCS: Boppy & PJ. Performances with Caymen & Riz, Luther and Gary. Guest skit with the Grettons. Plus performances by Alley #3 and Clowning for Kidz. Cowboy/Cowgirl Hat Dinner! What a night! Plus: Raffles and Surprises!

9:00-? | Last Chance to Shop

Sunday, February 26

 9:00-9:45 | Clown Worship Service – come join us in fellowship! (Big Top)


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



Join us for a Magical Experience with Jeff McMullen

10AM to 5 PM | New Market Hall “C”

 Jeff comes to the Santa community with as many diverse skills as the North Pole has snowflakes.  As a family based entertainer with over 35 years of touring, Jeff  is one of the most sought after Santa’s and presenter in America today.  Jeff is also the Dean and chief visionary for Kringle University.  No stage is too small or big for this seasoned professional.  Jeff will bring the character of Santa to life in a way you may have never seen before.  You will laugh, love, cry and learn as Jeff guides you through the necessary steps and skills you need to be the best Santa or Holiday performer YOU can be.  Whether you are a new or experienced Santa, you will learn new ideas on boosting your business, character development, how to add magical affects to stories you share and how to convert magical moments into “Wonder-filled Experiences”.

Jeff has a Master’s Degree in Theater/Speech, former Ringling Brothers Circus Clown, over 6,000 solo comedy magic shows ranging from 3rd world orphanages to Royal Palaces.  Jeff is humbled each and every time he enters the stage and is excited to be part of this Super Santa Sunday.


Santa Nana’s Holiday University

Meets in New Market Hall “A”

Deanna Golden and Judi Broderick

Friday Evening Reception TBD

9:00-5:00 | Saturday


10:00-5:00 | Sunday

Super Santa Sunday and Santa Nana University

Exhibitors will be in New Market “B”