Fellowship of

Christian Magicians

2017 Workshops


We do our best to select reliable and quality workshop presenters. Any views or opinions expressed by the workshop presenters do not necessarily represent the views of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians. You have the right to accept or disagree with any remark made and adapt what you learn to your own methods and beliefs.


8:30 - 930  General Session - Randy Christiansen

9:45 - 10:30  Hour of Power - J Scott McElroy



10:45 - 11:45  Joe White Why you should do balloons.  A beginner class for all balloon want to be's he started us all a master in his craft

1:30 - 2:30 Marty Jewell (first time teacher excellent in the balloon field) Hats Hats and More Hats Come learn silly fun hats that kids of all ages just love a great way to get noticed in the field and to bring joy to any event

4:00 - 5:00 Carrie Rostollan (first time teacher) Fun Balloons That Make Me Smile this is a class from a balloonist that works to make miles of smiles.  A great class for beginners intermediate to some ideas that will help the best come play


8:30 - 930   Tim Thurmond (A Guinness book champion ) Holiday Fun Learn simple and not so simple holiday inspired balloons for those special occasions that need something a little more specific than the ordinary things

10:45 - 11:45   Gwen Clark (master teacher) Centerpieces come learn from the best of the best on how to bring a party to life by adding spark to the atmosphere of a party by 

decorating not only the folks but the tables as well a bit for everyone

1:30 - 2:30   Tane Alexander (has been years since teaching) Flower power Master of the balloon flower a power class for all   

4:00 - 5:00   Marty Jewell Ring Around the Wrist come have fun learning wristables balloons kids can wear and mom and dad don't have to carry fun ideas to decorate kids of all ages


1:30 - 2:30   Caleb Lantz, one of our Junior Members and grandson of Rev Craig Lantz, offers some new, fresh, young ideas for us all.

4:00 - 5:00   Dr. Don Nelson The Big easy Learn to make a large Christmas Tree that is fun and impressive and easier than you think come give us a hand to bring in the holiday feel 


8:30 - 930   Gwen Clark Fun and Games with balloons Ever get a time when you don't know what to do with more kids than you can handle or just wanting to make a party come to life learn the games that get the kids excited and bring joy to everyone a must for party entertainers

10:45 - 11:45   Rev Craig Lantz (has not taught in years) What you can put inside a balloon

1:30 - 2:30   Joe White Missions Balloons How to use your gift in the missions field to bring joy and color that speaks all languages and brings the gospel to life

4:00 - 5:00   Gilbert Adams A bit of everything hats to toes and so much more


8:30 - 9:30   Tane Alexander Fun line balloons

10:45-11:45   Tim Thurmond When I see your face Come and learn multiple ways from easy to more complex ways of doing faces out of balloons


   Suzi Zoerman


10:45 - 11:45  Face painting or Chalk art for the Lord- Panel

1:30 - 2:30  Carol Rikkers  - Beginner Face painting 

4:00 - 5:00  John Welcher  - Small Line Drawing Welch


8:30 - 930  Alexis Evans - Having Fun and Keeping It Moving

10:45 - 11:45  Alicia Deal - Face Painting with a message

1:30 - 2:30 Wm. Prioletto - Change up Pictures

4:00 - 5:00 Steve Strickland - Face Painting-a man’s perspective


1:30 - 2:30 Brenda Smith  - Fast Faces

4:00 - 5:00 Christine Getz - Temporary Tattoos- Glitter, Matte, & Metallic


 8:30 - 930 Chalk art on paper – TBA

10:45 - 11:45  SuZie Zoerman - Chalk art on Sheets 

1:30 - 2:30 Face Painting – TBA

4:00 - 5:00 Face Painting & Supplies – TBA


8:30 - 9:30    Brenda Smith - Face Painting

10:45-11:45  Face Painting Jam with TBA



10:45-11:45    Bev Dowling "THE ART OF ENTERTAINING PRESCHOOLERS” Learn How to Keep Pre-Schoolers Interest While Entertaining Them! It's fun, exciting and totally awesome and a must for all children's entertainers.

1:30 - 2:30      David “Korn Pop” McCullough ~ “How to make Balloons fun” (a working title)

4:00 - 5:00      Ben Christiansen ~ I Can Be Funny! – Simple hands on exercises and games to unleash your inner clown. In this class we will explore comedy concepts and how to apply them.



8:30 – 930       Dave Hill~ “The Latest and Greatest fun stuff for entertaining on the move. Perfect for company picnics, festivals, parades or anytime you're mobile.

10:45-11:45    David Ginn Ten Tricks and a Dog Self-explanatory

1:30 - 2:30      Bev Dowling ""Clowning From Your Pockets” Learn how to clown around one-on-one or with a group, performing from your pockets. In this exciting workshop Bev Dowling will teach you her easy to do time tested ideas and routines that pack small but play big and are filled with fun antics and entertainment.

4:00 - 5:00     Randy Christensen ~ Skills that teach (a working title)



1:30 - 2:30      Ben Christensen ~ “Christian Clowning” How do I use clowning to teach about the Bible? This class will look at a number of ways to teach truths and develop material for your clown to use in ministry.

4:00 - 5:00      TBA


 8:30 – 930      Roy Stone ~ "Professional Amateur or Quality Professional”

 10:45-11:45    David “Korn Pop” McCullough ~ How to have a successful birthday party (a working title)

1:30 - 2:30     Lohren Meier ~Improving Your Character Through Improvisation-“ Learn several improvisational techniques that will help you develop your clown character while you have fun doing them.  Wear comfortable clothes because you will be moving around the room in this workshop.

4:00 - 5:00     Jed Presto Crouse ~ Juggling Made Easy

If Jed had a dollar for every person who told him they couldn’t juggle only to learn by his easy method, he would have at least seven dollars. This class will cover the basic three object juggling. Be prepared to have lots of FUN,

learn plenty of silly patter,  and finally Learn how to Juggle! You do not need any juggling supplies for this class, BUT if you have your own please bring your props!



8:30 - 9:30   Lee Andrews ~ “How to Market Yourself Professionally!”

In order to make Clowning your FULL-TIME Profession you need to be able to market your product! In this class we will look at the great product you already have and expound on ways to sell your shows! We travel through different aspects of Marketing and Social Media to achieve your goal of making Clowning your Full Time Profession…Or at least a FUN way to make a secondary Income!

 10:45-11:45 Lee Andrews "The Beauty of Great Looking Clown Make-up”

As the title states, having a beautiful clown make-up is the epitome of what every clown should desire. In this class we will discuss techniques such as feathering and blending that will take either a brand new face design or existing face design to new levels of beauty and approachability!    Please bring your make-up with you and be prepared to apply your face while discussing these techniques. Don!t have a face yet? DON!T WORRY! You will by the time class ends!


  Michael T. Myers


10:45 - 11:45   Mark Tripp - Physics Is PHUN  Our  "funny science guy" shares his favorite Science show this year!  NO Chemicals!  Just simple easy-to-do science experiments with everyday items that can be used to teach and inspire your audience.

1:30 - 2:30  Jeffrey Lemasters Tahir--Performing Your Story Workshop The most persuasive story you have is your own story.  No one can argue with your first person account of what has happened in your life. What better way is there to reach people?  This will be an intensive workshop on developing your testimony into your performance.

4:00 - 5:00 Mary Lemasters Tahir--Reaching the Lost in a Changing World:  Changing the Method without Changing the Message  We will look at how to put together multiple creative arts to tell a comprehensive Children's Story, that can be a stand alone presentation, be a building block for a Children's Church program or the basis of a longer curriculum.


8:30 - 9:30  Earl Long--Ministry Magic  Biblical Routines for your Magic Props--Earl will show you some of his favorite Gospel applications, stories and patter for tricks you can apply to your props.  You can use these Gospel Magic applications in all types of ministries!

10:45 - 11:45  Mark Tripp"Theatrical Magic”  Through Mark's vast theater experiences he shares ideas of how to make our magic and storytelling more memorable.  Learn about scripting, written and unwritten, stagemanshipshowmanship and how to focus attention when and where you desire your audience to be.

1:30 - 2:30  Jeffrey Lemasters Tahir--Representing Jesus in the Secular Market So you want to perform for Jesus all the time and still support your family with your presentations!  How do you create a show that your secular audience is excited to purchase but makes is clear why you are performing?

4:00 - 5:00  Mary Lemasters Tahir--A Thematic Approach to Bring the Story to Life  We will discuss creating a thematic approach to adapting your story to your props and talents.  Come equipped with stories that you would like advice on how to present with creative arts!


1:30 - 2:30   Roy Stone--In character, the Mad Scientist with Science Magic  TBA.

4:00 - 5:00   Michael T.--"The Guard at The Cross of Jesus”  First person portrayal of the man who heard the 7 last statements of Christ from the Cross.  Then proclaims, "This truly was the Son of God"!


8:30 - 9:30   David and Elaine Cole--"Gospel Draw and Tell” Great way to reach children for the Lord!  Keep their interest with great stories and easy-to-do pictures!  Do NOT have to be an artist!  The pictures have surprise endings for with just a few extra lines they become something different.

10:45- 11:45  Aunt Nora a.k.a. Normajean Price--Interactive Family Games  Learn how to play games at your event without "breaking the bank"!  "I love the Dollar Store"!

1:30 - 2:30  Ed and Rena CavenderEmphasizing Your Drama  Using facial expressions, movement, your voice and words to communicate your story to your audience!

4:00 - 5:00  John Welcher--Dramatic Portrayal of a Pirate Workshop  Includes magic, storytelling and more.  Use this first person presentation idea to develop your own dramatic character to communicate.  Know when to leave and return to your character during your presentation!


8:30 - 9:30   Earl Long--How to Develop a Church Ministry Show  The class will include how you should start a show, move into presenting your message and then how to close the show.  Discover the difference between a church show and an outreach show.  Touches on the types of entertainment you can use in your show and how to go about booking your show!

10:45 to 11:45 am--Joanne Schroeder--Adventure Land Puppets Story Time Workshop  Learn how to present children's stories, books and songs with puppets. NO stage is used in this Easy Method of puppetry!  



10:45 - 11:45 Joey Evans - Gospel in your pocket... and on stage - In this lecture, Joey Evans teaches gospel magic effects that can be used in personal encounters and in your stage performance.  These are routines that can be done everywhere from churches to the mission field to the streets to the stage.  Don't miss this all new lecture of working material from a full-time comedy magic performer.

1:30 - 2:30  Gary Barker - From Your Pocket To The Platform - 9 Powerful Effects for Close-up, Parlor, and Stage.  Variations for beginners and advanced and some great DIY ideas.

4:00 - 5:00  4:00-5:00 - Dave Hill - Pack Small, Play Big - Impressive  tricks and effects that can be used on stage or smaller venues with huge impact. Simple to perform while amazing your audience.


8:30 - 9:30  Lohren Meier - The Magic of God's Forgiveness - Routines using scriptures, poems, or songs, that speak specifically about God's forgiveness. Many you can make yourself.

10:45 - 11:45   Dana Hill - CSP- Close-up, Stage, Parlor - Fun routines for anytime or place you might be called on to perform.

1:30 - 2:30 Dave Mitchell - Magic, Message, and Mirth - Ideas on putting gospel applications to your magic and adding humor on the way.

4:00 - 5:00 David Garrard - Not Fooling Penn and Teller - Join David for a behind-the scenes look at his appearance on Penn and Teller's  "Fool Us" TV show.


1:30 -2:30  David Ginn - Every Trick Tells a Story - Sharing kidshow and Gospel magic with stories, messages and fun experiences.

4:00 - 5:00  Matt Fore - Practical Magic - Proven and time tested effects packed with entertainment value, laughs, and visual impossibilities that you will actually use in your shows


8:30 -9:30  J Randy Christensen - The Magical Method - A discussion of magic usage in ministry settings and a few of Randy's favorite magical messages thrown in.

10:45 - 11:45 Greg Hamilton - Professional Magic Made Easy - The pros make it look so easy and Greg teaches you how to make it that way. Tips from a full time Pro.

1:30 - 2:30 Daniel Lusk - The So So Lecture - Magic that is So Simple yet So Good. Easy to build and plays So Big.

4:00 - 5:00  Ricky Henson - Gospel Magic With a Comedy Twist - Start with comedy and End with the Gospel. Don't miss as my invisible flea flies a space ship


8:30 - 9:30    Jack Markley - One For The Road - Jack shares routines he has used effectively for decades as a gospel performer in his final FCM lecture. Come and share this special event.

10:45-11:45 Steve Varro - Magic, A Tricky Business. Our FCM President caps off our week with  a Fantastic Workshop sure to leave you Gasping for Breath and Yelling "Bravo, Bravo, More, More                



10:45-11:45   DAVE MITCHELL, VENT #1

BASIC VENTRILOQUISM -- You CAN do it! Dave Mitchell has had thousands of students over the past 30 years eager to learn the secrets of ventriloquism. His claim is almost anyone can learn if three things are available: A Desire to Learn……The Ability to Speak…..And Proper Instruction.  You provide the first two and Dave will provide the last. Have you always wanted to learn vent or just brush up on your skills? Don’t miss this class!

1:30 - 2:30  AYELET YAMPOLSKY, REDEEMING INDIGENOUS PUPPETRY FOR YESHUA -- Did you know that the first historical mention of a puppet is in the Bible? Did you know that traditional puppetry all over Asia is used for idolatry? Join Ayelet in a lecture to learn how we can reclaim indigenous puppetry from other parts of the world for Yeshua and His kingdom.

4:00 - 5:00   JEFF SCOTT, FROM BIBLE STORY TO VENT ROUTINE --  Pastor and Ventriloquist, Jeff Scott, will help you learn to take Bible stories and create ventriloquist stories that can entertain and inspire. This is a hands-on, class participation session so come ready to share your ideas.


8:30 - 9:30  Workshop #5 - DAVID & ELAINE COLE,

MAKE A FULL-BODIED PUPPET -- This class can save you hundreds of dollars. David and Elaine are professional puppet makers. Before they retired as puppet makers, they supplied quality full bodied, moving mouth, puppets to companies like Maher Studios and Morris Costumes, along with several other puppet and ventriloquist supply companies for years. Their workshop will teach you how to make your own deluxe full-bodied puppet with a moving mouth in this fun workshop. They will have step by step instructions and full bodied patterns for you to learn from.

10:45-11:45   JEFF SCOTT, NOVELTY VENTRILOQUISM -- There are more ways to do ventriloquism than hard figures and soft puppets.  This session will highlight many creative and inexpensive ways to create ventriloquism characters from everyday items and unique or seasonal products.  And yes, the Dollar Store Is Your Friend!

1:30 - 2:30   BECKY McGILLIARD, LET YOUR BLACKLIGHT SHINE -- This workshop will teach about adding Blacklight Props to your puppet ministry.

4:00 - 5:00   Workshop #8- BECKY McGILLIARD, 

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER -- In this workshop you will learn how to effectively combine Puppets and Black Light Props in your puppet ministry. 


1:30 - 2:30   BEV DOWLING, HOW TO MAKE FUZZY ANIMALS LOOK REALLY ALIVE -- The pros work with their spring raccoons and fur mice and when you see them you'd swear the fuzzy little creatures were really alive. You will learn how to master  Spring Animals, Hand Puppets, and even manipulate Stuffed Animals, and how to make them the hit of your next show!

4:00 - 5:00   CATHY PARIS, STUFFED ANIMAL SURGERY -- Giving  a voice to your silent stuffed animal by adding a functioning mouth. This is a hands on, in class, workshop where Cathy will teach you to add a moving mouth to a stuffed animal. There is a $10 charge for your supplies to do this. Bring a  large teddy bear or stuffed animal to convert into a moving mouth puppet. If you have a Good Will Store near by, their stuffed animals are priced low. Cathy will have some stuffed animals available for you to purchase if you are unable bring your own.  Limited to 10 persons.



8:30 - 9:30  GREG HAMILTON, HARE BRAINED IDEAS -- This workshop is filled with many entertaining ways to use the Rabbit in a Hat Puppet. You will learn how to use the rabbit to share the gospel, do funny bits of business, and even perform magic tricks to add excitement and fun to your messages and presentations.

10:45 - 11:45  JILL BRYAN, PUPPETS WITHOUT A STAGE -- Chaplain Jill Bryan, aka Jillybean, has been doing ministry for over 30 years. Street ministry was a favorite. She would draw a crowd & begin to make them laugh. Use any situation & let the ministry happen. Simple basic Vent using small puppets.

1:30 - 2:30   STEVEN PARKER, THINGS I WISH I HAD KNOWN IN THE BEGINNING -- This workshop will share many ideas for the beginning and seasoned performer through fine tuning your performance to make it shine for all audiences. We will discuss things from choosing what type of figure or puppet to use, to performance tips. Bring your vent figure and puppet as we will together network ideas.

4:00 - 5:00   CATHY PARIS, SOWING AND GROWING YOUR CREATIVE MINISTRY -- A Workshop for Puppeteers, Ventriloquists, and Storytellers. Want to begin or grow your ministry? Then learn it well and be willing to share it and thereby to pass it on! The harvest field is all around, let’s be ready to train new workers! This hour will aid both experienced and brand new creative arts ministries as we turn a song, story, or life experience into a “script” for our audiences.



PUPPETS TELL BIBLE STORIES -- Watch Bible stories come to life through ventriloquism.  Learn how to put humor into the stories.

10:45 - 11:45  JILL BRYAN - VENTING WITH COMPASSION -- Chaplain Jill Bryan, aka Jillybean.

Ministry Art requires Ministry with Heart. Why do we do what we do? After 30 years of ministry Chaplain Jill shares how she uses her skills as a ventriloquist in hospitals & difficult situations to help others in need. Basic Ventriloquism & Voice control.

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