About the FCM Convention

Fellowship of Christian Magicians Conventions have been providing Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship & Encouragement (LIFE) to members since the first one began July 15, 1958, just five years after the FCM began. The annual conference has been held in Indiana since 2017.

The 2024 conference will be held  July 28th through August 1st, 2024 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex in Danville, IN

Featured Speakers

Below you’ll find information on some of our featured speakers. Note that speakers are subject to change without notice.

Don Townsend

Don Townsend’s Magic has taken him to 12 different countries and all the way across the United States. For over 10 years, Townsend was one of the busiest cruise line entertainers performing literally thousands of shows on over 500 different luxury cruises.

Don has had the privilege of working with comedy greats like Ray Romano, Jerry Van Dyke and Phyllis Diller.

He has also been one of the most in demand convention acts in the country, entertaining a multitude of national corporate clients like Quaker Oats Company, TransGlobal Management, Lockheed Martin, and Bell Helicopters. Don’s easy going likeable humor combined with his illusion artistry always endear him to his audiences, which explains why so many companies bring him back year after year.

Christian Illusionist Don Townsend

Philip Shorey

Philip Shorey is a fourth-generation puppeteer and the founder of The Suitcase Sideshow, a world-traveling street theater. He was raised on and off the road with a puppet show in the 1980s and uses his grandparents’ marionettes from the 1960s. In recent years as a composer and conductor of the Curse of the Vampire Orchestra, he has developed an international symphony that is reinventing live performance for silent film. In 2017 he released his debut book Kill Your Art – A Street Performer’s Guide to Being A Messenger of Jesus Christ.

Philip Shorey

Doug Anderson

For over 40 years Doug Anderson has entertained at corporate banquets, on the trade show floor, on 5-star cruise ships around the world and for church congregations. Doug’s goal is to provide the best in clean, family-friendly comedy entertainment for an affordable price.

Anderson’s experience has been earned in over 12,000 performances in front of over 1 million people. From the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood to 5-star cruise ships, to entertaining NFL legends Troy Aikman & Pat Summerall at a private function in Texas, award-winning Doug Anderson has the skill, the knowledge, the instinct and the good sense on how to entertain a vast variety of geopolitical and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Doug Anderson

Desi Payne

With over 25 years of experience as a speaker, educator, entrepreneur, business owner, customer service trainer, hospital patient advocate, and award-winning entertainer Desi INSPIRES and EQUIPS. As a breast cancer survivor, she knows the power of being resilient during tough times.

She is the author of How to Manage Stress Without Losing Your Mind, Do You Work with the Living Dead? How to Survive Among Lifeless and Negative People and Give Me Some Chocolate…I’m Stressed! Desi even took part in the world’s largest book-signing in 2019 at Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hour of Power

The Hour of Power sessions provide an inspirational start to each day. One of our featured presenters is Pastor Steve Hicks.

Pastor Steve Hicks

Steve and Stacey Hicks are passionate about children’s ministry! They work together with their daughter (McKinley) to introduce kids to Jesus everywhere they go. They make stories in the Bible come alive in the imaginations of kids with the use of object lessons, puppetry, illusions, balloons, comedy and more. Every service ends with an altar call.

The Hicks family has been privileged to serve in many capacities including: VBS, Children’s Revival services, Camp meetings, and Teacher trainings/seminars. Steve currently serves as the promotions director for the Kentucky District Children’s Ministry Department.


The convention features workshops about doing ministry using many different performing arts. Workshops include magic, clowning, storytelling, puppets and ventriloquism, juggling balloons and face painting!

If you have something you are interested in teaching, contact Greg Phillips at funbelieve@gmail.com for consideration and Greg will let you know about openings!


We hold competitions is several categories including: Magic, Clowning/Storytelling, Balloons, Face Painting and it is also broken into age groups.

For information on our Contest you can contact Steven Ryan at SRRIllusions@gmail.com.


The evening shows featuring our members, including international performers each evening!

If you would like to perform on an evening program, send a video clip of your performance to Greg Phillips for consideration to funbelieve@gmail.com.

We have added a very special Close-Up/Parlor Performance time featuring some of our members and including some special featured guest performers.

Wednesday Night Outreach

We will be having a special community outreach featuring our Clowns, Balloon Artists, Face Painting Artists and Food Trucks in the Parking Lot with a carnival set-up before special evening program. If you are interested in being a part, please let us know.