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In this issue, January 2007 KIDabra Newsletter:
Greetings From Mark and Tami Daniel

  • 1. A Huge Surprise! The Secret Revealed!
  • 2. Friday Afternoon Breakouts
  • 3. Optional Marketing Sessions
  • 4. Conference Savings for KI Members - Until January 31st
  • 5. The Live KIDabra Birthday Party Ideas Session DVD Set- Red Hot!
  • 6. KI Member News
  • 7. Creativity At Sea with Barry and Tim
  • 8. KIDabra International Member Special from Wonder Imagery for Jan./Feb.
  • 9. OAQ (Occasionally Asked Question) Where in the world is Pigeon Forge, TN?
  • 10. The Music Road Hotel Complex hosts KIDabra Conference 2007

January Greetings!
Busy January blessings upon you! It certainly is busy here at KI Headquarters, as we chart the course for the year, exciting things lay ahead!

What a joy The KIDabra Journal has become, to craft, read and savor. The next issue out in February is jam packed with news and articles! Watch for a review by Ken Scott of KGB in Las Vegas; Tim Sonefelt's report on The Performer's Workshop in Houston with Julian Franklin; a new column from our friend Trevor Lewis called Passing It On; a profile of our this year's very special guest at KIDabra by David Kaye. (You'll discover who in just a moment); Add in Part 2 of the Magic Flip Flop Ideas with some Birthday party routines from me; plus all your regular columnists, and we're looking forward to a terrific issue.
Watch for KJ Volume 2, Issue 3 coming in February!

Got friends who would love to receive the Journal and should be a part of KIDabra? Invite them to join! They receive a wonderful magazine and much, much more! Join at

We'll be at the Circus Magic Convention in February in Williamsburg, VA, along with Sammy, Riz, Dave Hill, Greg McMahan, Rob Erdmann, and some other KIDabra friends. Helmed by Steve Kissell and Lou Page, the event is clown oriented, with a nice variety arts feel. More info at Please stop by our booth and say Hi if you're there.
Mark and Tami

KIDabra Conference 2007 News
KIDabra 2007 Conference
The 16th Year
Pigeon Forge, TN
Music Road Hotel Complex
August 15 - 18, 2007

1. The Secret Revealed: A Visit with Terry Herbert!

From the UK making his first ever KIDabra appearance - KIDabra Conference Welcomes, the incomparable Terry Herbert!

Terry has entertained children the world over for 50 years! His Children's Magic the Herbert Way was Supreme Magic's best selling video now re-released on DVD by L & L Magic. Two years ago his second DVD- Magic for the under 5's was released by Practical Magic at KIDabra and was an instant hit! Terry is known for popularizing George Blake's Silver Scepter (which you'll see him do) and Warren Stephen's Wobble Wand, just to name a few.

I had the great fortune to spend several days with Terry in early January and loved meeting him. He is charming, quick witted and an entertainer to his core. At KIDabra you'll find him easily approachable and simply a delight!

Come to KIDabra Conference and enjoy An Evening with Terry Herbert hosted by David Kaye and An Afternoon with Terry - see his show performed live and then see the lecture.
Don't miss this Once in a Lifetime Special KIDabra Event - A Visit with Terry Herbert! Our thanks to David Kaye for the continuing work in helping make Terry's appearance with us possible.

2. Friday Afternoon Breakouts
Jozo Bozo- Show in a Briefcase - The Workshop
Croatia's Jozo Bozo is a genius! I came to this conclusion a couple of weeks ago as I watched him take Ralph the Great's Birthday Party show props and install them for daily use, insde a briefcase, in a logical, organized, and professional manner. Folks have been very impressed as to how he does this for himself with complete one hour shows housed in tiny spaces. (I'm hoping some of this will rub off on me - Mr. Pack Big:>). At KIDabra this year, he'll teach you how to do it as well. Understanding his thinking about what goes in and what stays out is easily worth the price of attendance for any working pro. Friday Afternoon Breakouts are a KIDabra Feature Event! Stay tuned more to come!

3. Optional Marketing Sessions – August 14 & 15, 2007
We'll be announcing more Marketing Speakers in February. Make plans now to join Bruce Amato at Marketing Sessions as he shares The Daycare Dilemma - The ins and outs of working in the daycare and preschool market. From getting the work, the fees and importantly working with daycare directors.

Bruce also goes into putting the show together with the types of effects that work great along with the benefits of adding educational material. Of much value, learn how to create a program that is logical for 3 and 4 year olds.

And discover how to make it all pay off by learning how to get multiple bookings from a single daycare booking and more!

Marketing Sessions start Tuesday evening and continuing throughout the day on Wednesday. Learn from new lectures by Bruce and many more to be announced. Since the Conference Center has many lunch choices available this year, we're lowering the price and giving you the opportunity to choose your own lunch at a reasonable cost. The Marketing Session is only $92.00!

4. KIDabra Conference Savings for KIDabra International Members until January 31st! Take off $15.00, but hurry!

KIDabra International members register for the 2007 Convention before January 31, 2007 and take $15 off your registration! You can register online, by phone or mail. (If registering online, we will adjust your discount before your card is processed to reflect the savings. It will not show up on the form.)

More exciting conference news coming! Stay Tuned, the 2007 Conference Schedule will be posted in February.


5. The Live KIDabra Birthday Party Ideas Session 2 DVD Set
The Hottest New KIDshow DVD on the Market Today!

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.

Hosted by one of the Top Birthday Party Performers in the US - Bruce Bray and directed by David Kaye (Silly Billy).

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 McMahan (his Goody Bag idea), Eddy Wade (Mommy Pack) 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 performances, explanations, and the Bloopers section.

Performers Featured on the DVD -
Bruce Bray, David Kaye, Trevor Lewis, Sammy Smith, Dave Risley, Trixie Bond, Mike Bent, Duane Laflin, Barry Mitchell, Jozo Bozo, Ken Scott, Ralph the Great, Greg McMahan, Michael Mode, Steve Kissell, Eddy Wade, Bruce Amato, Dennis Michael, Dave Hill, Joe Lefler and Carol Collins

Special Bonus: Michael Mode has supplied us with sample Napkin Rose packs, included with your set!
From KI postage is paid in the USA and Canada for only $45.00 at (Other countries add $5.00 US for shipping.) Order today at click on Products. Also available from your favorite paticipating performer.

6. Important KIDabra International Member News Discussion Forum - KI Members Benefit
Posting on the wonderful KIDabra discussion forum is an important KI member benefit. All of the incredible content on the forum is 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 is exclusively for our members. Please join in the sharing! See you there!

Chapter News
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 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 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

KI Journal Reminders
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

To advertise in the KIDabra Journal contact Tami 336-492-7870 or Great rates and the perfect way to get the news out to the KIDshow world about your products and services.

Renewing your KI Membership

Your KI Membership is good for one year, or 6 issues of the KIDabra Journal. Renewal reminders are sent out to allow you plenty of time to renew before expiration occurs. To streamline the operations, the following is now in effect: If you renew your membership BEFORE the expiration date, your KIDabra Journal will arrive with uninterrupted service. If your membership lapses, the KIDabra Journal stops. Once you renew, the KIDabra Journal will start again with the following issue. If your membership lapses and you wish to receive copies of the Journal that you miss, they will be $8 per issue if available, while supplies last. We want to make sure you receive every issue, so please keep your KI Membership Current!

Barry Mitchell and Tim Sonefelt have put together a very unique conference/vacation/jam session/ cruise called Creativity at Sea. They are planning to set sail with 5 days of fun and learning. The dates are September 22-27, 2007.

The price is only $499. For performer (plus port taxes) And only $299. For spouse (plus port taxes). (WHAT A DEAL!) The price includes everything, food, room, all conference activities and much more. Go to for ALL details. Just $100 holds your spot and no more money is required until MAY!

8. KIDabra International January/February Member Special

From Tim Sonefelt: A special Wonder Imagery offer for KI Members Only! 10% off your total order plus free shipping (in the US) through Feb 16th. The cart won't reflect your discount because it's ONLY available to KI members, so put your KI membership number along with "KI Discount" in the comment section of the cart to take advantage of this special offer. Shop at

9. OAQ (Occasionally Asked Question)
KIDabra Conference is in Pigeon Forge, where in the world is Pigeon Forge, TN?
Pigeon Forge is a resort/vacation town tucked in the corner of The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (The most visited national park in the US) and just next to the lovely town of Gatlinburg in eastern Tennessee.

Pigeon Forge is known for it's many theaters and outside of Broadway, Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri comes in about 4th in the live show distinction. The area is rich with Country Music and is one of the areas of origin of Bluegrass Music. Outlet mall shopping with all the popular stores represented is huge here and close to our hotel. Yes, there are bargains to be had! Of course what really put Pigeon Forge on the map many years ago is Dolly Parton and her theme park Dollywood. And yes, just like Las Vegas, Pigeon Forge has it's wonderfully tacky strip of Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions and Shops. (Just no gambling, that's 45 minutes away in Cherokee, NC) If the kids are coming with you there's endless stuff to do at water parks, wacky miniature golf courses galore, touring Cades Cove the very popular restored settlement, exploring Forbidden Caverns in nearby Seviereville (very cool), pan for gold and gems up and down the strip, check out Wonderworks (the upside down building) full of interactive, hands-on science fun (Which gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up from Ralph the great and Jozo Bozo) and of course go see our friend Terry Evanswood's fantastic show! Discover more info about Pigeon Forge at It really is a fun area to explore, come a day or 2 early or stay a bit after Conference, to soak in the scenery, you'll be glad you did!


10. 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 the 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 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!

Join KIDabra International Today at 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
New-Member Performer $229.95 (US and Canada)
International Performer/New-Member $264.95
Optional Marketing Sessions Tuesday Evening August 14th and Wednesday the 15th $92.00

You can register by phone or fax with Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express
phone (336) 492-7870
fax (336) 492-2199
Online at
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!

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