Instructional Books

"VENTRILOQUISM MADE EASY" by Stadelman and Fife.
This fantastic book features many AXTELL puppets and routines and encompasses
the modern era of ventriloquism! A classic book and with these updates - a treasure! $12.95



Entertaining Education by Doug Scheer!
A Comprehensive Guide to Creating & Performing Educational Magic.

Educational Magic is one of the most lucrative fields in magic. From school assembly shows to trade show floors, Doug Scheer has worked in every aspect of performing Educational Magic for over three decades. Entertaining Education, The Comprehensive Guide to Creating & Performing Educational Magic reveals Doug's secrets to creating effective scripts, routines, and stories that will take your performances over the top. Included are downloadable videos of sixteen routines complete with the scripts that Doug uses to make an executive's income by performing in schools.

You get all the tools you need to start creating your own routines. Plus, you'll discover why magic can be a distracting visual aid if not used properly, the two different classifications of magic effects, and how and when to deliver a message successfully.  The six elements of drama are discussed and analyzed so you can immediately get to work on improving your show even if you're brand new to magic.  Groundbreaking ideas are presented complete with examples from Doug Scheer's eighteen year career as an Educational Magician for one of the largest companies in America.  As a special bonus, a complete DVD and graphic novel of Doug's highly praised school show, Diversity Circus, is included along with an extensive behind the scenes analysis of every aspect of the show. 

"Doug Scheer's book Entertaining Education is a phenomenal resource. Truly one of the SMARTEST and innovative guys in school shows. Doug's link to educational concepts, theatrical performance and audience interaction is what's missing in much of what is offered in the market." STEVE PETRA

This package (2 Books, DVD & More) is a must-have for anyone looking to enter the lucrative field of Educational Magic.  $65 plus Shipping

Here's what you get:

-96 page book containing the original scripts from Doug's first book, Scripts & Clips plus addition routines making sixteen in all.

-Passcode for lifetime access to Scriptsandclips.com with downloadable videos of all the routines performed live.

-Diversity Circus DVD of Doug's highly-praised character education assembly show.

-Doug's back of room sales item: The Diversity Circus graphic novel

-Downloadable Director's Cut of Diversity Circus with behind the scenes analysis of every aspect of the show.

-A dozen brochures/postcards/flyers that Doug has used to successfully market his shows to elementary schools for over 25 years.


Preeminent school assembly magician Joe Romano shares his 3 keys to success in the lucrative world of educational school assemblies. Romano believes in great Content, Exceptional  "Image,and showing 
ppreciation. Welcome to the C.I.A!  Over 110 pages that include school assembly construction, marketing, how to create raving fans, merchandising, and more! Contributions by school assembly experts Ken Scott and Doug Scheer. Top drawer Information!

All this PACKED info for $110 plus shipping!

"Not a joke, this book changed my life. I bought it from Joe at the first Kidabra I attended in 2013. After reading this book, investing in material for a professional show, and marketing myself (which is discussed in the book) I was able to leave my extremely stressful job as a funeral director and follow my dream. I have entertained all my life, but always part time; it was this book, the love and support from my wife, the prayers in my faith that I finally broke free of working for someone and working for myself. It is worth 100 times it's selling price, if not more." Clark Sides


Six Sure-Fire Techniques To Add Punch To Your Comedy Material
by Tom Ladshaw

This Book & DVD teaches you 6 specific techniques that will help you take your routine from "chucklesville" to "guffawtown."Let's face it, one of the hardest things about putting together a routine is making it truly funny. You end up settling for "cute" bits to fill out your routine, but don't really get "rolling in the aisles" laughter from your audiences.
In PUNCH!, Tom has concisely explained these 6 techniques, the theory behind why they work and actual examples.
These are the same methods today's top comedy pros use to make their acts funny.
If you want to create original material, or add more zing to your existing material, Tom's new book will enable you to quickly and easily add PUNCH to your comedy.

Very funny book introduction by "Super Dave Osborne."
Booklet & DVD $34.95



Mark Wade's
Kid Show Ventriloquism
ENCORE! Mark's second book as the AUTHORITY on Kidshow Vent!
All new material and routines from one of the nation's best kid show performers. For a limited time you will receive 2 BOOKS - that's ENCORE plus the original KidShow Ventriloquism FREE!

Only $34.95 plus shipping for both books- This great book brings together the best of all kid show entertainment knowledge, and focuses on your vent act. Get this fast before we run out of the original book which you will receive FREE!

If you do birthday parties, school assemblies or library shows, these are the book for you! Paul Osborne gives you everything, the routines and the prop construction details and tons of ideas! Great for DIY and Handy Builders!


An all new book by Paul Osborne geared to the kid show performer! Hundred of illustrations along with never-before-seen, audience tested routines and props. Stuff you will want to perform:

Giant Crayon
My Pet Frog
Ear Cleaning Machine
Magic Tables
Poor Man's Snake Basket
Skunk Hunt
Cheapo Chop Cup
Kid's Kup
Mr. Lincoln's Hat
Catch Up with Ketchup
Poof Tacos
Tube of Destiny
Train House
Balloon Sawing.

plus contributions from John Rainone, David Ginn and Joe Romano.

Order KIDTRIX #1 for $27.50


An all new book by Paul Osborne geared to the kid show performer! Hundred of illustrations along with never-before-seen, audience tested routines and props. Stuff you will want to perform - 

All new props and routines are included:

Bully Cards
Clown Camera
Old Glory Pour
Awsome Can of Cafristan
Rope Race
Snowman to Noman
Past Your Eyes Milk
What Rabbits?
Ms. Houdini's Cuffs

plus a huge contributions from Mallory Lewis and Sammie Smith.

Order KIDTRIX #2 for $25.50


The latest in the series of Kidtrix books! It features all new props and presentations for the family/children's performer. With a foreword by Bev Bergeron, this publication features an all new look at illusions styled and designed for the younger crowd, as well as other all new concepts that would work well in school assemblies, library and birthday party shows. You will find all the details on these never-before-seen effects: 

 Houdini's Best
Duck? I Got Your Duck
Presidential Paper Tear
Flip Cloths
Last Card Plus
Puppet Pop-Up Box
Rebo's Trunk Table
Birthday Test
Grin & Bear It
Sorcerer's Apprentice
Sweet Escape
The Jobanator

Order KIDTRIX #3 for $26.50

"Mr. Osborne's advice is generally sound and his presentations are time-tested throughout his years of experience and amazing young people." 
John Wilson, Magic Magazine



Lights! Cameras! Magic! - Dick and Virginia Williams - After 1200 TV broadcasts, Dick and Virginia Williams share their secrets, routines and tricks of the trade. Learn the inside story of how to perform magic on television, from selecting material and writing scripts to finding a sponsor and producing the show. This book, written by the performers who hold the record for the longest-running weekly TV show, reveals the secrets of television success. Packed with magic, funny bits and original routines, plus invaluable advice on working television, this is a one of a kind textbook you'll read, enjoy and be proud to own. The tricks and routines explained are perfect for TV. But, they're also great for live shows! It's magic you'll use whether you're on stage or on the air. Professional typesetting, great illustrations, eight pages of color photos. This book is truly outstanding. 202 pages; Hardbound. A lifetime of knowledge for $34.95 plus shipping


The Magical Ventriloquist
by Tom Ladshaw
The Magical Ventriloquist

New from professional magician, ventriloquist and author Tom Ladshaw is a great book for ventriloquists who also want to perform magic with their puppet.

The book is filled with 32 easy to do tricks and bits you can do during your ventriloquism act. Tom outlines the effect, tells you how to do the trick / bit and then offers some very helpful suggestions on how to present the trick.

Topics include:

Magic with ventriloquism - a brief overview
A simple magic glossary
The ventriloquist figure does the magic tricks
The figure 'helps' the ventriloquist do the magic tricks
The ventriloquial voice is used in a magic trick
The ventriloquist secretly utilizes a magic principle

The book also includes some great resources where you can find the necessary apparatus to perform the tricks (some which you may already have). The large format 8 1/2"  x 11" book is professionally comb-bound and illustrated.

The Magical Ventriloquist, Only $14.95

So You Want to Be A Ventriloquist
by Colin Dymond

So you want to be a ventriloquist is a complete guide for beginning ventriloquism. Including puppet manipulation, how to talk without moving your lips and how to write a comedy script. Lot's of Axtell puppets & ideas packed into this book! $25



"ON STAGE" $10 Samuel Patrick Smith  Bringing out the better performer in you! An investment in your sucess!

Two Great Books from Samuel Patrick Smith!
Kidshow Author & Teacher

"BIG LAUGHS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE" How to Entertain Children with Magic! 250 pages only $25


JOKESTORMING - $6.00 STEVE AXTELL shares his own method of joke writing. Includes a complete DUCK routine and a manuscript on how it was created from scratch! One of the hardest things to do is to generate a lot of joke ideas on a given subject fast! This will show you how - step by step!
A mix of brainstorming and joke writing = JOKESTORMING!



Finding and Filling the Banquet Niche: How to Thrive as a Banquet Performer by Dale Brown
With a Forward by ventriloquist Ian Varella, this book contains everything an entertainer needs to know about how to find banquets, book banquets and put together banquet programs that will lead to even more banquet work. Based on the lessons Dale Brown learned as one of the country’s leading banquet entertainers for over 30 years, this is the only book you’ll need to start or improve your business as a banquet performer. $7.50

Ventriloquist Dale Brown is also a Marketing Executive and here he shares 2 valuable books with you! He knows what he's teaching you! Valuable books to get you polished and working!


Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is by Dale Brown
is a valuable tool on how to get those first paying jobs as a ventriloquist. This book includes sample contracts, evaluation forms, sample marketing tools and much, much more. This has been recently updated with social media tips and suggestions. $10.00



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