PLANNING 2016

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NEW FOR 2022

“The OscEARs Awards Show

This year’s Awards Party is themed

The OscaEARs Awards Show™ is an amazingly elegant evening of Awards, Photos, and Posters!  This is an event you WON’T want to miss!

Get up close and personal with ALL of our wonderful Magical Stars as you get photos and autographs with your favorite magician.  This is your chance to “dress up” and be a STAR!

BRING A CAMERA!

 (* A Special Commemorative Color Poster will be given to each Attendee ~ FREE!)

Saturday April 2nd

10:30 PM SHARP

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Magic Flea Market

YOU MUST BE WEARING YOUR BADGE IN ORDER TO ENTER THE FLEA MARKET!!!

Bring your used props (NO NEW MERCHANDISE ALLOWED) and join in the fun of our “Meet & Greet Flea Market” (Exclusively offered at AbraCORNdabra!)

Doors open at  12:00 NOON – bring your items & be ready to search for that used treasure your act just can’t live without!

Flea Market hours are Friday April 1st – 12:00 AM to 1:45 PM ONLY.  No other sales will be allowed at the convention to be fair to our wonderful dealers who are bringing BOXES, CRATES, & TRUCKS filled with exciting items for you to see & purchase from them!!!

Note: No pre-set up is allowed in the convention banquet room – NO SALES ALLOWED IN THE HOTEL HALLWAYS AT ANY GIVEN TIME DURING THE CONVENTION – Violators will be removed from the property with no refunds given.   (This is hotel policy – please represent our “Magic Community” by following the Hotel Property rules – Thank you!)

ALL flea market sellers and buyers MUST be registered for AbraCORNdabra.

Friday April 1st

 12:00 NOON to 1:45 PM ONLY!

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CONTINUING THE TRADITION…

The Jeff Hepburn

“AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN MAGIC”

One Kernel may, or may not, be awarded the

Jeff Hepburn “AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN MAGIC” award

which comes with  a beautiful Lead-Crystal Award AND $100 Cash.


Sadly, we lost our beloved local magician & Chemistry Teacher – Mr. Jeff Hepburn to Cancer in 2017.   Jeff worked as a Chemistry Teacher in Des Moines and was also an avid collector of magic – especially Thayer Magic props.  
Jeff bequeathed a fund to AbraCORNdabra as he enjoyed the programs we have and are developing to encourage young magicians;

“The Kernels”.  

Thanks to a personal friend of Jeff’s – this award now comes with a $100 cash prize.  The winner of the Jeff Hepburn Award of Excellence in Magic, will received the lead-crystal award – the $100 cash prize – and will have their name put on the Jeff Hepburn Plaque that will be on display each year at the convention.

The 2017 Winner is:

ANTHONY STOCKTON

Chicago, IL.

The 2018 Winner is:

Elias Arbuckle

Des Moines, IA

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*** COMING BACK FOR 2022 ***

Silent & Live Auctions to benefit the YOUNG MAGICIANS FUND

We have cleaned out the storage lockers and EVERYTHING MUST GO!  We have amassed a collection from magic collectors that features items from the 1920’s to today!  You will be given a SILENT AUCTION NUMBER at Check-in on the back of your badge.  THIS IS YOUR NUMBER ONLY.
The Silent Auction tables will be located around the edge of the ballroom.  There will be a slip of paper with each item.  Simply bid a higher bid than the previous bid (increments of 25 cents or more) along with your bidding number.  At the end of the silent auction (Each table will close at different times between 10:45 pm to 11:30 pm)


The LIVE auction will be taking place (from 10:30 pm to Midnight) on the Ballroom stage.
When the live & silent auctions are finished, we will add up what YOU won!  You may pay for & pick up your items as soon as we are finished after Midnight. If you don’t want to wait for your total & your items – you may pay for them and pick them up Saturday anytime before 3:00 pm from the registration desk.

Note: Cash sales only – an ATM is available on property with standard ATM fees applied.

Friday April 1st, 2022

 10:00 AM to Midnight

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“The KERNELS”

Young Magician’s Showcase Show 

“The Kernels” is a Young Magician’s Showcase Show featuring some of our younger Magicians.  Check out the Performers page to meet these young magi!

Hosted by TBA!

Saturday April 2nd

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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CONTINUING for 2022

FREE PIZZA & POP LUNCH for any KERNELS performer who performs in the show!   Oscar Munoz has hand-selected a group of professional magicians to watch and critique the KERNELS Young Magicians Showcase Show – IMMEDIATELY after the showcase show – the performers will be whisked off to a secret location for a FREE LUNCH and some professional advice on their acts!  This is something that is rarely (if ever), offered at ANY magic convention in the United States.

12:30 pm to 1:30 PM

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FREE GIFT ENCORE SUNDAY

What has now become a tradition with the Midwest’s PREMIER Magic Convention is the surprise “gift” and SUPER LECTURE on the last day of the convention.  We have truly saved the BEST FOR LAST to round out a fun weekend of magic!

10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon