The Kirby VanBurch show in Branson, Missouri combines family fun, great illusions and beautiful animals for an all-around unique family show. Recently, I went to see Kirby VanBurch perform his popular magic show at the Kirby VanBurch Theater and was genuinely impressed by the magic tricks performed.

The show jumped right into the action, with the tricks starting the minute the lights went down. Kirby began with illusions centered on making things disappear. Everything from assistants to his wife Bambi magically left the stage and in return were replaced with items such as a White Bengal Tiger, a boa constrictor and a panther. The illusions happen so gracefully and with such ease, it was certainly true magic being performed.

One of the best moments of the night is a magic trick between Kirby and Bambi. First, Kirby magically makes Bambi float on a fountain of water, and then makes the water disappear, so that Bambi is indeed floating in air. The illusion was truly mystifying and was quite appealing to the audience, who broke out in thunderous applause. Another top trick was the disappearance of a motorcycle. This heavy piece of machinery was lifted into the air and quickly disappeared, only to be replaced with Kirby himself. He truly is an extraordinary magician. Kirby VanBurch also did a homage to Houdini by walking through a plate glass window. A truly remarkable feat, you’ll have to see it to believe it yourself!

Throughout the show, Kirby and his wife Bambi engage the audience with questions and some members are even involved in a few of the magic tricks. The entire atmosphere is one of family fun, where each guest is truly treat to a night of magic. If you or your family like to be amazed, enjoy animals and are fans of magic, this is the Branson show for you!

Branson Area Festival of Lights
November 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007
Join the community wide celebration as all of Branson is aglow for the holiday. Special holiday shows, drive through light displays and spectacular shopping and dining provide all the reasons to celebrate the holidays in Branson. Contact the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Trail of Lights
November 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007
Location: Shepherd of the Hills Homestead
Phone: 800-653-6288

White Flight
November 1, 2007 – January 15, 2008
Location: The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure
Available exclusively during the holidays, White Flight will feature thousands of white butterflies fluttering like living snowflakes amid a rainforest sparking with thousands of twinkling lights. All of this while holiday music fills the soul. Simply unforgettable! This holiday journey also includes a stop in our 3-D theatre, rainforest critter center, and Emerald Forest Mirror Maze.

An Old Time Christmas
November 3, 2007 – December 30, 2007
Location: Silver Dollar City(Open Wednesdays-Sundays through Dec. 2, Thursday – Sundays, Dec. 6-23, daily Dec. 26-30)
An Old Time Christmas takes one of its most popular icons and makes it bigger — presenting a new 7-story Special Effects Christmas Tree for a Christmas Light Spectacular around the Square. One of the nation’s most acclaimed holiday events, the festival includes the Holiday Light Parade, the popular show A Dickens’ Christmas Carol, and over 4 millions holiday lights.

Veterans Homecoming
November 5, 2007 – November 11, 2007
Times: 2 p.m. Location: Branson
Admission: FREE
Opening Ceremonies will be held at Mansion America Theater. Open seating, first come first served.

Sunchon Tunnel Massacre Survivors Book Launch
November 6, 2007 Times: 9-11 a.m.
Location: Vendor Village at Celebration Hall
Admission: Open to the public
Six of the survivors plan to present. Ed Slater, Sherman Jones, Walt Whitcomb, Valdor John, Jim Yeager and Bob Sharpe.

Vietnam Wall Opening Ceremony
November 6, 2007
Location: Welk Resort Center
Phone: 417-337-8387
Admission: Open to the public

Women Veterans Rose Petal Ceremony
November 6, 2007
Times: 10 a.m.
Location: Keeter Center, College of the Ozarks
POW/MIA Remembrance ServiceNovember 7, 2007 Times: 8 a.m.Location: Welk Resort BransonSpeakers, wreath laying. The WALL is open Nov 5-11 for viewing.

11th Annual Military Gala & Banquet
November 9, 2007
Times: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center
Admission: $49 a person
Cocktail hour with a cash bar begins at 5pm. Evening includes dinner, salute, candlelight POW/MIA service, outdoor fireworks, entertainment and dancing. The evening honors all veterans and this year salutes veterans and service members in the SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND. Reservations required. Mess dress/business suits/cocktail dresses preferred. You need NOT be a veteran to attend.

232nd Marine Corps Birthday
November 10, 2007
Times: 9 p.m. to last call
Location: Radisson Hotel Branson
Admission: $10
Join us for birthday cake, entertainment, Hors D’oeuvres, cash bar. Casual attire please.

Tuskegee Airman Reunion
November 10, 2007
Times: 6 p.m.
Location: Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention CenterCall for reservations.

73rd Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony
November 11, 2007
Times: 11 a.m.
Location: Historic downtown Branson
Sponsored by American Legion Post 220.

Tony Orlando Show and Closing Ceremony
November 11, 2007
Times: 2 p.m.
Location: Welk Theater