AbraCORNdabra has assembled some of the most diverse and interesting magic lectures, talks & workshops …

something for EVERYONE!


“The Magic of Making”

Mario” the Maker Magician” Marchese (subject of the February 2019 M-U-M Magazine cover story!) is known for his signature slapstick character and clever integration of Do-It-Yourself electronics and robotics into his show. In his lecture, Mario explores modern Do-It-Yourself tech tools to create movement and “next level” comedy and magic effects. You’ll see the inner workings of several of his signature routines as well as learn the philosophy behind his work. Mario has appeared on Sesame Street and NBC Universal’s Sprout Channel, and toured as the opening act for David Blaine’s most recent North American tour. Blaine calls him “The best kids magician in the World!!” 

FRIDAY / MAY 17th, 2019 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM



Carisa Hendrix has been lecturing on her scripting system, comedy writing for magic, bubble magic and topological oddities at clubs and conventions over the past 5 years. This newest lecture is designed to offer you the greatest hits for all four. Magician and Sideshow Stunt Girl Carisa Hendrix is an Award Winning Entertainer featured in the Guinness Book of World Records (2014 Book, Page 86) and Ripley’s Believe it or Not (2015 Book). Best known for her provocative Vanish Cover in July 2017, her feature length Super Channel documentary Carisa Hendrix: Girl on Fire and her original time travel “Temporala” which premiered in Vegas in 2015. Her recent smash hit comedy magic character Lucy Darling, which won the MICF award for best comedy magic show at the Melbourne magic festival, and has been nominated for the AMA 2018 Stage Magicians of the Year at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.

FRIDAY / MAY 17th, 2019 – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM





Two lectures in one time slot!
Frank Zak’s “ON THE BOARDS” Lecture


Alex Gieser’s “CREATIVITY & MAGIC AS ART” lecture!



“ON THE BOARDS” ~ At this lecture you will learn the actual effects that Frank uses every day, routines that have been tested hundreds of times behind the bar, on real, live audiences…  This is real, workable magic that you can do!

“CREATIVITY & MAGIC AS ART” ~ Alex is a true artist in every sense of the word.  He spends hours analyzing each and every moment of his magic as an artist would.  Giving special attention to each nuance and thought to create the utmost amazing and astonishing piece of artistic magic performed right before the audience’s eyes.  Creativity & Magic as Art is a lecture that allows Alex to delve into and share some of his amazing thoughts on magic as a true creative art form.


SATURDAY / MAY 18th, 2019 – 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM




If you have never seen this amazing human being work a crowd on a street – you have not seen the BEST at how to work a crowd!  I have watched this man “kill” not only in street sidewalk busking shows – but in legitimate theaters too!  In this special 60-min lecture, Gazzo shares “BITS & PIECES” of his amazing work with you…  Gags, Stuff & Ideas that will help you make your performances “pop”!

SATURDAY / MAY 18th, 2019 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM



Learn how to steal watches, wallets, phones, ties and even belts

in this brand new pick-pocketing lecture!

For the last ten years, Jay Jay has been part of the elite group of performers worldwide, who work as professional pick-pockets. AbraCORNdabra is proud to host Jay Jay, Australia’s Favorite Thief in his first ever US lecture! Jay Jay will reveal all his tips, tricks and real-life experiences with pick-pocketing and how to have the confidence to steal from anyone, anytime and anywhere!

By attending the ‘Secrets of the Steal’ Lecture, You Will Learn:

  • How To Steal Any Type Of Watch During The Steal
  • Quick Visual Magic Tricks To Cover The Steal
  • How To Build Fast Rapport and Comfort When You Steal
  • The Do’s and Don’ts Of The Steal 
  • Concrete Ways Of Having Super Confidence Before The Steal

SATURDAY/  MAY 18th, 2019 – 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM


You will be amazed at what you learn from this seasoned pro!
SUNDAY/ MAY 19th, 2019 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

We started with MICHAEL FINNEY being the first we honored in 2016, with our unique, BEAUTIFUL collectible coins!  Followed by EUGENE BURGER in 2017, then GENE ANDERSON in 2018.

The TRADITION continues at AbraCORNdabra, The Midwest’s PREMIER Magic Convention..
We will have a limited number of minted collectible coins (Limited to just 100 coins minted for each year!) that will feature our yearly MYSTERY MAGICIAN on them.  The coins cost $20.00 during the FIRST YEAR they are offered…
The remaining coins go UP in value and cost by $10 each year.

Get your Official Collectible Coin ONLY at the Registration Desk at AbraCORNdabra!

We have one or two of the first year’s collectible coins (Michael Finney) available…

They will ONLY be offered at the Registration Desk beginning May 17th, 2019.  These remaining Michael Finney Collectible Coins will be sold for $50 each at this year’s convention.

We have some of the second year’s collectible coins (Eugene Burger) available…

They will ONLY be offered at the Registration Desk beginning May 17th, 2019.  These remaining Eugene Burger Collectible Coins will be sold for $40 each at this year’s convention.


We have some of the third year’s collectible coins (Gene Anderson) available…

They will ONLY be offered at the Registration Desk beginning May 17th, 2019.  These remaining Gene Anderson Collectible Coins will be sold for $30 each at this year’s convention.