For more than 20 years, Creative Christian Ministries has been teaching people how to be clowns, magicians, jugglers and puppeteers.

For more than 20 years, Creative Christian Ministries has been teaching people how to be clowns, magicians, jugglers and puppeteers.

This weekend, the group will bring its skills to the Ohio Wesleyan University campus in hopes of teaching a new crop of adults and children how to entertain others.

Seminars on the art of illusion, clowning, ventriloquism, balloon art, chalk art, juggling and puppets will be offered.

This year's conference is set for May 29 and 30 at the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center at 53 Spring St. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. on May 29 and at 8:30 a.m. on May 30. The cost is $35 for adults and $10 for children and includes admission to all seminar sessions, the dealer area, a Friday night snack time and an auction.

Presenters will stage a free show for the public at 7 p.m. on May 29 and 5 p.m. on May 30.

The goal is to help people already involved in these art forms to perfect their skills or to help others learn a new skill, said Paul Ricksecker, president of the Ohio Fellowship of Christian Magicians.

The 73-year-old retired engineer describes himself as a full-time clown magician who performs at parties, churches and company picnics. He has also traveled to Singapore and Malaysia to lecture and perform.

The Ohio group is part of a worldwide network that is nonprofit and nondenominational, he said, the goal of which is to weave the Gospel into its performances.

"The seminars are Gospel-oriented and give people ideas on how to use their art to tell about the Lord," Ricksecker said. "But we know we will have people who don't do Gospel shows who will come to get new ideas. ... Our seminars are open to everyone."

The seminars will be taught by the seven-member volunteer committee whose members come from throughout Ohio, as well as some specialists from Chicago, Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee, he said.

Eight dealers at the conference will sell items related to their art.

Pre-registration is not required. For more information, call Jeff Eno at (740) 366-1427.