Lance Robertson, also known as "DJ Lance Rock", is an American musician, singer, DJ, and actor best known for the Nick Jr. shows Yo Gabba Gabba!, Santiago of the Seas, and the YouTube series, Reading is Awesome.
Kids' Entertainer Fest is honored to have him as the Key Note Speaker for our opening night, to help set the tone for this unique event.
Azhelle Wade, aka The Toy Coach is a patent holding and award winning executive in the toy biz, with a history of stellar design.
She created thetoycoach.com and the podcast Making It In The Toy Industry, with the goal to build an online resource to inform innovators, and entrepreneurs. And we are beyond excited to have her speaking at our event.
Carisa Hendrix is a multi award winning, world class, comedy magician and variety artist. But you probably knew that already, because she and her alter ego, Lucy Darling, have completely taken the worlds of magic and variety entertainment be storm.
What many people do NOT know, is that Carisa is also an extremely accomplished children's entertainer. And we are ECSTATIC to have her as one of our special guest speakers.
Chris Capehart is an accomplished Master Magician. He is respected throughout the world by his peers, applauded for his skills by the most famous of magicians and sought after for repeat performances by clients.
Chris started doing magic over 40 years ago (with just one trick) on the streets of NYC where he dazzled some of the toughest crowds in the world. He has graced the cover of Genii Magazine, a very prestigious honor, and has been dubbed “The Ring Master”, for good reason. Chris’s three-ring routine, which he perfected in 1981, has been acclaimed by some of the world’s most renowned magicians as “the best of the best,” and appears in the highly acclaimed magic series, “Stars of Magic” (Number 13). In 2019 he won The Magic Castle’s Parlour Magician of the Year.
Chris Capehart has done it all. He is proficient at entertaining adults as well as kids. He performs at stage shows, does close-up, parlour, cruise ships, corporate shows as well as lecturing to other magicians. He has created routines and mastered magical illusions and the art of delighting his audiences. Very few magicians can do it all. Chris Capehart is one of them. This is what makes him an outstanding entertainer and a Master Magician.
Fay Presto is arguably Britain's premier close-up magician. Voted The Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 2012 and a former Tatler 'Party Entertainer of the Year' Fay has been personally requested to entertain HM The Queen on no less than six occasions, as well as performing for every other senior member of the Royal family. A Gold Star Member of The Inner Magic Circle, her powerful personality-based magic and ability to connect with an audience has set a standard within the magic industry.
In the world of show-business Fay has performed for the likes of Sting, Madonna, Elton John, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Rod Stewart, Dustin Hoffman and Eric Clapton to name but a few. Her television work has included 'Talking Telephone Numbers', Paul Daniels' Magic Show 'Secrets', Gae Byrne's 'The Late Late Show', John Lenahan's 'Stuff The White Rabbit', 'This Morning', 'James Whale', 'Trick on 2' and BBC's 'History of Magic' series (2004).
The '40 Minutes' documentary 'Illusions of Grandeur' showing Fay in all aspects of her home and professional life, produced the most positive response that the BBC has ever had from the public and is considered one of the best ever in the series. It has been repeated twice here and shown everywhere from Europe to Australia.
More recently, Fay Presto was featured alongside top American illusionist David Copperfield on CNN International's 'Quest for Magic'. We have no idea how we convinced Fay Presto to teach at this event, but we are incredible humbled and honored to have her.
What will she teach? What will she speak about? Whatever she bloody well wants, because she is freakin' FAY PRESTO! (Can you tell we are excited about this one?)
Gus Davis is an AMAZING magician, gameshow host, and serial entrepreneur. He is one of those guys you have never heard of because he is too busy out in the real world doing the real work. He does not lecture often, so when he does you don't want to miss it.
Iman Lizarazu is an Eccentric Performer, combining a variety of clowning skills into one art form. This broad palette enables her to craft little stories, create problems within those stories, and then solve the problems in unexpected, unusual, and delightful ways. She is a clown, a juggler, a visual artist, gardener, chef, and prankster.
Iman studied at the School of Mime with Marcel Marceau, and with Masters Julie Goell and Avner the Eccentric. She has been active in Clowns Without Borders since it’s inception in 1993. And she is co-owner and co-creator of Renegade Juggling.
Katie Rosa Marchese is the woman behind the branding and marketing of Mario the Maker Magician. As Mario's co-adventurer and manager for the past 15 years, Katie has hands-on knowledge in how to shape, hone, and elevate a live entertainment brand from the ground up. She also enjoys consulting other performers on how to focus their brands into something genuine, unique, and extraordinary.
Kayla Drescher is an amazing magician, amazing magic teacher, and host of the amazing SHEZAM Podcast (Seriously, if you have not listened, stop reading and go check it out right now).
AND, at Kids' Entertainer Fest, we have invited her to host a couple of really fantastic discussions on the family entertainment industry. WE CAN'T WAIIT!
Marcela "Mama Clown" Murad. Seriously, what else do we need to say. The woman is a legend and she is speaking at our event. AND, we have her teaching her magic lecture, which we consider to be one of the BEST lectures on magic for young children we have ever seen. That alone should be reason enough for you to register.
Pam Severns is a performer, puppeteer, and an award-winning filmmaker.
She has performed on the Jim Henson Company stage in Hollywood, at Coachella, at the National Puppet Slam and the National Puppetry Festival, and on comedy and variety shows alongside Patton Oswalt, Reggie Watts, Maria Bamford and many more.
Pam is a recipient of a 2019 Jim Henson Foundation grant for her solo comedy show, Moving Pictures. In 2018 she received filmmaking commission from Heather Henson to make a short puppetry film – Bunny Love, which won Best Film at the 2019 National Puppetry Festival and is available on Amazon Prime. She has also worked on TV projects with IFC, Amazon, MTV, ABC, and PBS.
A graduate of The Second City, Pam is a director and performer of comedy – especially the silent kind. She also manages The @puppetslam Network, which is spearheaded by Heather Henson and funds puppet slams all over North America.
When we asked magicians and kids’ performers who they wanted to learn from at Kids’ Entertainer Fest, one of the most requested names was Regina Martinez, aka Silly Sparkles.
So we asked her to come teach at our event, and we are very excited to report that she said yes! She has been a rising star in the world of kids' magic and entertainment for several years now, and at Kids' Entertainer Fest, you will see why.
Combining traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic, and storytelling; Yasu Ishida will guide you to the enchanting land of Japan.
Yasu has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre for Young Audiences and has been performing all around the county, including the Disney Summer Stage Kids (NY), the National Cherry Blossom Festival (Washington D.C.), to the Hawaii Music& Book Festival.
Introducing the people (and others), who will be entertaining you during KIDS' ENTERTAINER FEST.
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Every good entertainer convention needs a closing night cabaret or gala show. So we have asked Lindsay Benner to bring a virtual version of her incredible Women in Vaudeville variety show to close out the festivities.
Founded in 1963, The Bob Baker Marionette Theater is the oldest children's theater company in Los Angeles. Look for the Bob Baker Marionettes (and their human counterparts), to pop up from time to time between talks and workshops to add an extra bit of fun to the day. If you have never experienced their wonder and charm, you are in for an extra special treat.
And for those who are familiar with the magic of The Bob Baker Marionette Theater, please note that this event is strictly B.Y.O.I.C. (bring your own ice cream).
TWO TIME Guiness World Record Holder, Louie Foxx is the consummate kid that never grew up, and it’s evident as you watch him interact with audiences of all age. He is living his childhood dream of being a magician.
Be on the lookout throughout Kids' Entertainer Fest for random appearances from "The One Man Side Show", to entertain, amuse, and maybe even teach you something.
A line-up this amazing requires equally amazing hosts. Meet the people who will be introducing our speakers and keeping the show going every day during KIDS' ENTERTAINER FEST.
Bri Crabtree is a Bay Area favorite variety entertainer who captivates audiences with her fusion of circus, vaudeville, and silliness. And we are sure she will captivate you as well as one of your daily hosts at Kids' Entertainer Fest.
We absolutely ADORE Joyce Joy Payne, and you will too as she introduces our amazing line-up of speakers each day.
She is a past president of The World Clown Association, who dedicates much of her time to performing with her local hospital clown care unit. And we are honored to have her on board as one of your daily hosts for Kids' Entertainer Fest.