AbraCORNdabra has grown so much over the last 8 years.  This year, we decided to give our famed “PIZZA & POP PARTY” a vacation as we produce TWO intimate shows for our attendees to see.

Each show comes from opposite sides of the United States, giving our Midwestern Magi a chance to enjoy entertainment from both sides of the country!
From the EAST COAST – we have a spooky, bizzare magic show that will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up, as you question shadows in dark corners.
THE DARK CABARET comes to us direct from Colombia, South Carolina where they have enjoyed Sold out performances weekly in their own unique theater.  Joey Vasquez and Joseph Daniels bring their uncanny abilities to speak to things “on the other side” to Iowa.   After much research, it was discovered their is a space in the hotel (NOT a hotel room), that AbraCORNdabra has never been allowed into….  They have unsealed this room for us and permitting THE DARK CABARET to use this room as their theater for that Friday night’s shows…
After the last performance in that space, the room will be resealed and locked away from the public.

Our Second Show comes from the West Coast – Las Vegas to be exact!
THE OTHER BROTHERS bring their unique blend of mentalism & close-up magic that will have you in a belly-laugh one minute – only to be scratching your head in wonder the next…
Joining THE OTHER BROTHERS will be their very Special Guest Artist!

WHO are the Special Guest Artist?
Their are actually FOUR special guest artist…

Each group will get to see ONE of these special guest artist perform…


They are four, highly skilled “KERNEL” performers! 

Giving them a great opportunity to showcase their close-up talents before their peers!


Friday May 19th

8:00 to 8:45 PM

 9:00 to 9:45 PM



NEW FOR 2018

“The OscEARs Awards Show

This year’s Awards Party is themed


“Don’t be late, for AbraCORNdabra’s Eighth Year!”

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!


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

Saturday May 19th

10:30 PM SHARP


Magic 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  12:30 PM – bring your items & be ready to search for that used treasure your act just can’t live without!

Flea Market hours are Friday May 18th – 11:00 AM to 1:00 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 May 18th

 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM ONLY!



The Jeff Hepburn


One Kernel may, or may not, be awarded the


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:


Chicago, IL.


Silent Auction 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. 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 (3:00 PM) – we will close the Silent Auction down and add up what YOU won!  You may pay for & pick up your items as soon as we are finished between 4:30 PM & 4:00 PM.

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

Saturday May 19th

 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM


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 May 19st

11:00 PM to 12:00 NOON


NEW FOR 2018

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 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.

12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM



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