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October/November KIDabra Enewsletter
By Mark and Tami Daniel

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In this issue
Greetings and we have a mission for you!

  • 1. KIDabra Conference 2007 News: The Next Live Session
  • 2. The Riz Live- All New!
  • 3. The Game- First time at KIDabra
  • 4. The Live KIDabra Birthday Party Ideas Session DVD Set Update
  • 5. Rick Hubard's Free Kazoo lecture Notes
  • 6. Brand new: KI Member Logo for You
  • 7. Free KI Member Websites Upgrade and Update
  • 8. kidabra.com Discussion Forum Upgrade for KI Members
  • 9. New KI Chapter News
  • 10. KI Journal News
  • 11. Thoughts and Prayers
  • 12. Holiday DVD's available
  • 13. KIDabra International Fall Member Specials

October/November Greetings,
Amazing things are happening at KIDabra. Some of them are even Top Secret for now! Read ahead about all the doings and then we want to ask a favor. A Mission actually! We need only about 70 more KIDabra International members to break the 500 mark and we'd like to do that by the end of the year. Please tell folks you know about us. Folks that you think should be a part of what we're doing. Please ask them to consider joining.
Even better invite them!
As Volume 2 Issue 1 of The KIdabra Journal mails over the next few days we shift into hyperdrive with exciting events, benefits and happenings for KIDabra International Members, so hold on tight. Great stuff ahead ! And as we grow as an association, the things we can accomplish together start to multiply exponentially! Wow!
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KIDabra Conference 2007 News
KIDabra 2007 Conference
The 16th Year
Pigeon Forge, TN
Music Road Hotel Complex
August 15 - 18, 2007


Announcing 3 Major Events!
1. The Live Library/Summer Reading Session Friday Night at KIDabra
In 2007 The Live Session Series continues as we focus in on Library/Summer Reading routines for an entire evening. This topic is consistently one of our main areas of interest in the KIDshow world, and yet in reality little exists in print or on video. Don't miss an evening of the best in the library business sharing tips, tricks, and routines to make your shows super reader friendly! This is a KIDabra Highlight Event!

2. The Riz Live and All New!
I've had the opportunity and privilege to see Dave Risley perform "live" countless times and he quite simply is one of the best in the business. Now, couple that with the fact he is also one of the best teachers and lecturers and you've got a true master! Recently, after conference this year he mentioned he'd like to perform his show "live" in front of children for us next year at KIDabra conference. "Great," I said and thought about it a bit. He has done this before over the years, however for next year, let's up the ante a bit. I counter offered with a challenge that Riz has accepted and we're both excited about. The challenge: Spend a year developing and presenting an entirely new show for daycare's and preschools and then present it for us next August! Come see the results from one of the best there is! The Riz! A KIDabra Feature Event!

3. The Game
Tons of folks have requested a networking/getting to know each other event during conference, we have just the answer. In August, join us for The Game. Developed for FISM at The Hague as a KIDshow event a few years ago, it was a huge hit. I've since played it and it is amazing! You'll have fun, learn some stuff and make new friends. Details coming! A KIDabra Highlight Event!
More exciting conference news coming! Stay Tuned......

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4. The Live KIDabra Birthday Party Ideas Session 2 DVD Set Release Date: Late November 2006
Wow! It's almost ready and that's a good thing as pre-orders have been strong. We're currently projecting a finished set ready to ship later this month. Pre-editing, editing and design are huge on a project of this scope, however it's paying off with an incredible addition to the Live session collection.
Looking for some great Birthday Party Show Ideas?

Then join 20 of today's Top KIDshow Performer's for tons of ideas, tricks and routines. This 3rd official KIDabra release in the live session series taped at KIDabra 2006 is filled with a wealth of styles and ideas to get you thinking and working on your show.

Just some of the highlights:
Trevor Lewis performing and teaching a wonderful gypsy thread routine to use with the birthday child. See Ken Scott perform his sensational Fantasy Magician routine. Learn tips from Bruce Bray (Tip after practical tip), Greg McMahon (his Goody Bag idea), Eddy Wade (Mommy Pak) which are in themselves worth many times the cost of the DVD set.

Barry Mitchell's The Rules and The Ruler, is a new instant classic you can make yourself with a folding ruler and mouth coil.
Michael Mode of Napkin Rose fame shares a terrific idea for involving a sibling and mom at the party with a touching moment.
Special Bonus Section: For the first time, enjoy the wild and crazy Outakes and Bloopers from the session.

And so much more. This is a must have collection for your working KIDshow library right along side the KIDabra Live Sessions for Halloween and Holiday Magic. This 2 DVD set collection features separate performance and explanation discs.

Performers Featured on the DVD-

  • Bruce Bray
  • David Kaye
  • Trevor Lewis
  • Sammy Smith
  • Dave Risley
  • Trixie Bond
  • Mike Bent
  • Barry Mitchell
  • Jozo Bozo
  • Ken Scott
  • Ralph the Great
  • Greg McMahon
  • Michael Mode
  • Steve Kissell
  • Eddy Wade
  • Bruce Amato
  • Dennis Michael
  • Dave Hill
  • Joe Lefler
  • Carol Collins

Order from KIDabra International or any of the participating performers. From KI postage is paid in the USA and Canada for only $45.00 at http://www.kidabra.com (Other countries postage additional) FAQ-Outside the US and Canada will the DVD's play in other parts of the world? Ryan Risley tells me the DVD's should play on computers worldwide, however European stand alone DVD players may not be compatible. Funny thing is, as I multitask I'm finding myself now watching educational DVD's on my computer as I do more mundane tasks like stuffing and sealing envelopes, etc.

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5. Rick Hubard's Free Kazoo lecture Notes
Rick Hubbard was a big hit at the Friday Breakouts last August at KIDabra. He sent this note the other day:
I had such great attendance at my workshop that I totally ran out of my booklets "Using Kazoos In Children's Entertainment." I have converted the booklet to PDF format and posted it on my website here: KAZOOS

It is a free download. Enjoy!

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Important KIDabra International Member News
6. KI Member Logo for You!
Our thanks to Ralph the Great! creator of the original KIDabra logo for whipping up a special version of the KI logo for members to use on their websites and promotional materials. (Note: The original KIDabra International logo is reserved for official use by headquarters and chartered KI Chapters with their Chapter designation) Watch for the member logo to be posted to the website kidabra.com shortly.

7. Free KI Member Websites Upgrade and Update
Dennis Michael is doing massive upgrades, ready for launch this month to the Free Member Websites. This will be light years ahead of what we currently offer, Dennis tells me. Starting with the Single Killer Web Page and then coming soon the Multi Page site all free for KI members. I've seen the templates and they're really good! Stay tuned, details coming.

8. KIDabra Discussion Forum- Upgrade for KI Members
Posting on the wonderful KIDabra discussion forum now becomes an important KI member benefit. All of the incredible content on the forum will be available to KI members!

If you have friends who would like to learn all about KIDabra they may view select sections of the forum as guests, however posting will now be exclusively for our members. Please join in the sharing! See you there!
KIDabra Members Only Discussion Forum

9. New KI Chapter News
Congratulations to our newest Chapter Number 6- Middle Tennessee! If you're in the Nashville, TN area please join them. For more info contact Bruce Amato at [email]bruceamato@bellsouth.net[/email] or call 615-230-8800

Las Vegas Chapter Forming
The Las Vegas Chapter is currently meeting and working towards their charter. They are planning to meet on the third Monday of each month. If you're in the Las Vegas area contact Al Jensen for info at [email]alj@lvmagical.com[/email]

Please keep us informed if you're working on a Chapter in your area. We'll help promote it. Please direct Chapter questions to Chapter Development Coordinator Dennis Michael. He is eager and ready to help at [email]DennisMichael@KIDabra.org[/email] or 856-753-9754.

Chapters - please send your meeting reports for the Journal to Tate Elliott, Story Editor as a word document the address is [email]Tate_Elliott@juno.com[/email]
Please place in the subject line Chapter # and Meeting Date, for Issue #.

Pictures should 300 dpi and converted to B&W and sent to Tami at [email]kidabraconf@aol.com[/email].
Thanks
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10. KI Journal News
Volume 2 Issue 1 of your KIDabra Journal will be in your hands in a few days with pictures and commentary from the 2006 conference, more articles from our new features editor Skip Way and our terrific Journal staff. Enjoy the gorgeous new cover, by the way, this issue's cover features a KIDshow legend!

If you have kidshow products, books, DVD's etc.. that you'd want the KIDshow world to know about, have them reviewed in the KIDabra Journal. Please send them to Bruce Bray c/o Party Pizazz, Inc., 1209 River Ave. Unit #1215, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Contact him at [email]brucebraymagic@aol.com[/email]

To advertise in the KIDabra Journal contact Tami 336-492-7870 or [email]kidabraconf@aol.com[/email]
Great rates and the perfect way to get the news out to the KIDshow world about your products and services.

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11. Thoughts and Prayers
Charter KI member Aragorn (Bob Suhr) lost his wife Angie in September. They were both with us at the KIDabra 2005 conference.

A note from Bob:
It is with great sorrow that I report the passing of my wife Angie/Gleeka the Clown. We had no advance warning at all. From start to finish from knowing she was sick to being gone was 19 days. It still doesn't seem real. She had advanced colon cancer. The members of Kidabra Chapter 3 were great.

Both Tommy Johns & Victoria Skye covered events for me. Our week at the 2005 Conference (our 1st) was a highlight for us. She always told folks about "That Magician in the Rabbit's Hat". (Dennis Michael)

Condolences to Aragorn at [email]natahala@bellsouth.net[/email] or 770-592-6698
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12. KIDabra Holiday DVD's Available
As we enter the very busy holiday season for shows- find tons of ideas for your show on the Live session DVD set shot live at KIDabra featuring today's top KIDshow performers. Each of these 2 disc sets is only $45.00 postpaid. Available for shipping now! Find them at kidabra.com home page and click on products or call 336-492-7870 to order today.

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13. KIDabra International Fall Member Specials

New from Ralph the Great and a Special offer for KI Members:
Show Tools Pro Database Software for Professional Entertainers Mac and PC users can now easily and practically track their contacts, clients and shows. This program automates many of the daily choirs of running your business. Long sought after by the best in the business since they saw what Ralph had developed for his own business, Show Tools Pro is now available to you at a KI discount until December 25th. Buy it for only $299.95 (50.00 off the $349.95 retail price). Included in the package with the software is a two and a half hour easy to follow video tutorial.

More info at http://www.showtoolspro.com See a Free flash video intro tutorial and screen shots explanations. Orderline at 800-616-1595 (Editors note: After performing full time for 22 years and using the most arcane contact system available, this moves Tami and I light years ahead and it's totally easy and logical. We're very excited!) 30 day free trial coming soon watch http://www.showtoolspro.com for details.

Half Price Offer for KI members From barrymitchell.com
NEW Release- USE YOUR HEAD TO CREATE BETTER MAGIC Taped live at KIdabra 2005 (2 Disk DVD) $45.00
Half- Price KIDABRA INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS SPECIAL
Just add a comment with your web order giving your Kidabra member number and Barry will charge you only $22.50.

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Join KIDabra International Today!
To join KIDabra International go to kidabra.com and click on Join. We'd love to have you be a part of A Group for Us! A Place for Us!

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The Music Road Hotel Complex hosts KIDabra Conference 2007
For 2007 Conference e return to Pigeon Forge and the Music Road Hotel. Great rooms, on property water parks- pools, indoor and outdoor, water slides, lazy river and more, coupled with an excellent free continental breakfast each morning make for a great whole family treat. We'll be housed in both the Music Road Hotel and the Inn with the conference center between. The Inn is only a few steps further from the free standing conference center, the Hotel is best if you have special needs, also half of the rooms at the hotel overlook the river. If the whole family is coming pick the inn for he most water activities, although no matter which building you're in you have full access. The complex is located at Traffic light 1 in Pigeon Forge in a quiet cul de sac just off the main drag, turn at the Ruby Tuesday's Restaurant. Surrounding it for a mile in every direction are restaurants to please every taste and that huge Wal-Mart in Sevierville is only 4 or 5 minutes drive, not to mention every outlet store known to man. Rooms in the KIDabra block are only $89.00 per night for 2 queen beds. (This special conference rate off regular rate of up to $119.00) (Suites available at a higher rate.) Call Music Road Toll Free at 866-615-6353 and tell them you're with KIDabra. Every room night counts toward our reserved block and makes the conference possible. Also you can make reservations on-line at http://www.musicroadhotel.com

Click on Reservations, then click on Group Blocks, then enter our unique KIDabra code 6440-7628 (for the hotel) or 6440-7629 (for the inn) Our group is served by Donna in Group Reservations. Her direct number is 865-286-1780, Monday thru Friday. Take a moment and make your reservation today!

We continue to update http://www.kidabra.com Keep Checking! Don't forget you can read past newsletters at the website to gain the full story of KIDabra! Have you been to the discussion forum lately? With over 5000 posts it is amazing! The depth of subjects there and the valuable info, make it priceless, check it out today at http://www.kidabra.com

We can't wait to see you next August or at your local KI Chapter meeting!

Mark and Tami Daniel
Join KIDabra International Today at kidabra.com click on Join Membership Card, The KIDabra Journal, Free Member Websites, the Amazing KIDabra Discussion Forum, KI member discounts and more.

$55.00 which includes an initiation fee and thereafter $40.00 on renewal
Associate/Spouse (who assist or are married to a Primary Member) $30.00 Includes a one time 15.00 initiation fee and thereafter $15.00 on renewal.
Junior Member (10-18 years old who are the child of a Primary Member) $30.00 Includes a one time 15.00 initiation fee and thereafter $15.00 on renewal.
International Member $90.00 Includes a one time 15.00 initiation fee and KIDabra: The Journal, thereafter $75.00 on renewal.
And Register Today For The 2007 KIDabra International Conference!
Member Performer $174.95 (US and Canada)
Spouse $90.00
Child under 16 with full paying adult $75.00
Non-Member Performer $229.95 (US and Canada)
International Performer/Non-Member $264.95

You can register by phone or fax with Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express
Phone: (336) 492-7870
Fax: (336) 492-2199
Online at KIDabra.com or by check and moneyorder to:

MSD Productions
KIDabra 2006 Convention
P.O. Box 1296
Mocksville, NC 27028

What if there was a place and a group of people that existed to meet the special needs of folks who perform for kids and families?
What if there was a place to motivate you, educate you and point you in the right direction?
What if there was a place that helped person after person build successful performance careers?
What if all of this really existed?
A place so good that your competitors won't tell you they're a member because they want to keep all the resources for themselves.

It does, it is KIDabra International!

KIDabra International
PO Box 1296
Mocksville, NC 27028
Phone: 336-492-7870
Fax: 336-492-2199
Email: [email]kidabraconf@aol.com[/email]
Website KIDabra.com
KIDabra Members Only Discussion Forum

The KIDabra E News goes out to interested parties and media organizations.
Dennis Michael
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