10 Most Beautiful: Bambi Van Burch
Name: Bambi VanBurch
Occupation: Female Magician/ Producer
Hometown: Peoria, Illinois. She has been in Branson since 2000.
Family: Bambi’s husband is Kirby VanBurch. Her parents are Robert and Elaine Hoffman. Shannon Powell is her older sister. She has three house pets, which are Chinese Crested Hairless dogs— Speck and Pepper. She also has a cat named Smeegles.
What are your goals?
My first and most important goal is to always put God first in my life. My second goal is to be the best role model I can. To try to be the bet wife I can be.2.
How do you deal with pressure?
Pray. When I’m under a lot of pressure, which I’m always under a lot of pressure with the show, I’ll go into a room and lock the door, and I’ll just pray. It doesn’t do me any good to scream out, or cry. It does me good to pray to God for his guidance.
What motivates you?
I think the Bible motivates me a lot. My husband really motivates me. He’s really taught me a lot in life, not only about God and the Bible. But, also my friend Lori Bakker, Jim Bakker’s wife. She’s a great person. First, God motivates me. Second, my husband. Third, my friend Lori Bakker.
If you could start a new career, what would you do?
I have a bachelor’s degree in social work, and I guess if I had to start a new career it would be social work because I love helping people, and I love working with children. I love seeing them have better lives. I did my internship before I graduated. It was probably in ’99. I would go into homes where children were filthy, walking around in dirty diapers. It was horrible. They abused them and didn’t clean them. It would be nice to get them out of those homes and into foster care where people would love them.
Who are your real-life heroes?
First it was my husband because he was such a hard worker from such a young age, and he accomplished so much in his life doing what he loves. My parents because they raised me right and are always there for me whenever I need them. And Jim and Lori Bakker because they both have been through so many struggles but over came them all and stayed strong in their love for God.
What’s your biggest fear?
Losing my husband, sister, or my parents.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?
The Purpose Driven Life
What’s your favorite quote?
Proverbs 3:5— “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart”.
When are you happiest?
I think when I’m with all of my family. Like if I were having a holiday, or if everybody were together for Christmas. That’s when I’m happiest, when all of us are together.
Do you have a prized possession?
I have a couple. My wedding ring obviously is a prized possession. That means a lot to me. My Female Magician of the Year award. It looks like an Oscar. It’s really beautiful. I won Female Magician of the Year for 2007 and 2008. They’re really beautiful. And can I also say my Bible? Lori Bakker gave me my Bible I’ve had since 2002, six years. It’s a women’s study Bible.
What part of the world would you like to visit but haven’t?
I’d say Israel. I would love to go there.
If you could share a taxi from the airport with any celebrity, who would you choose?
I guess I’d like to say Oprah.
When you look in a mirror, what do you see?
I see a confident woman that has achieved goals that I never could have imagined that I would.
If you could eliminate a trait of your own, what would it be?
Probably impatience. It’s hard for me to be patient because I’m always in a hurry.
If you could go back to a certain age, what would it be?
I always say I wish I were little again because you had no worries, so I’d probably say maybe around 6. I loved being little and not having any worries. I loved it. Worrying about whom you were going to play with, not bills. I just loved life. It was fun. Not that I don’t now, but you had no worries.
Give me three words that describe yourself.
Independent, outgoing, caring.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I guess I’d like to be a better cook. I wish I were good at drawing.
What do you know for sure?
I know for sure that there is a God, and that there’s going to be a wonderful kingdom after this life that we live in and that we’ll be taken care of.
When was the last time you did something reckless?
I covered my legs in lotion right before an illusion we do in the show called the water levitation trick. Kirby has to pick me up and set me on the water. Well once the lotion mixed with the water. I felt like a slippery fish, and my husband ended up dropping me on accident.
What is your philosophy in life?
I guess my philosophy is to try to be the best person I can be, and try to treat others like how you want to be treated.
If you had $1 million, how would you spend it?
Probably split it up. I’d like to spend part on charities of my choice, and the rest I would like to take care of my family.
What sort of work do you try to avoid or put off?
I guess I don’t like to balance checkbooks because I’m not good at it. I’ve always been bad at math. I tend to put off the bills a little bit and just keeping up with accounting stuff. I don’t like it.
What do you worry about most?
I fear getting older.
Can you describe a situation in which you feel you behaved courageously?
One night at the show there was a tornado, and I had to be in charge of the animals and making sure everyone was safe. We had to bring customers back stage. I had to behave courageously. I couldn’t break down and cry. I had to make sure everyone was following protocol in a situation like that.
What mistakes in your life have you learned from?
I guess trusting people too much maybe. Maybe, friends that took advantage of me. I learned from that because I’m a very gullible person and tend to trust people too much, so I think I learned from that.
What was your first job?
I think my first job was teaching dance. I taught dance class in Peoria, Illinois. I was still in high school. I think I did that, and I waitressed