PLANNING 2016

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INTIMATE MAGIC SHOWS for SMALLER GROUPS!

AbraCORNdabra has grown so much over the last 8 years.  Last year, we decided to give our famed “PIZZA & POP PARTY” a vacation as we produced TWO intimate shows for our attendees to see.  WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN!

Each show is completely different with a wide variety of experiences combined to create a unique close-up experience. 

Appearing in the Sangrene Close-up parlors are two talented men from Las Vegas.

From the Famed Forks Hotel in Buffalo, New York & one of Las Vegas’ best known Bar Magicians, is FRANK ZAK.  Frank “wowed em” at the S.A.M. National Convention in Las Vegas a few years ago, and he is coming to “WOW” us at AbraCORNdabra!

Joining Frank is an underground artist who never appears at Magic Conventions, but has agreed to come join us in Iowa… The incredible, jaw-dropping artistry of ALEX GIESER – the man who made Teller gasp on National TV~!

Joining FRANK & ALEX 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…

WHO ARE THEY?

They are four, highly skilled “KERNEL” performers! 

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

We then take you to the TOP OF THE HOTEL to our “Crow’s Nest Lounge” where you will witness the skill & showmanship of Hawaiian Cruise Lines favorite magi – CHARLES BACH.  Charles brings his award-winning close-up show to the all-new “Crow’s Nest Lounge” for a ship-shaped show direct from the waters of Hawaii.

Friday May 17th

8:00 to 8:45 PM

 9:00 to 9:45 PM

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NEW FOR 2019

“The OscEARs Awards Show

This year’s Awards Party is themed

“NINE MAGICAL LIVES

in JUNGLE BOOK”

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 May 18th

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 May 17th – 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 May 17th

 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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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 (3:30 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 & 5:00 PM.

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

Saturday May 18th

 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM

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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 May 18th

11:00 PM to 12:00 NOON

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CONTINUING for 2019

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.

12:00 Noon to 1:15 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