Don’t miss my guest appearance on Columbus’ premiere live, talk show – The Not So Late Show with Johnny DiLoretto -only at ShadowboxLive’s Backstage Bistro.
Join Johnny DiLoretto, his lovely co-host Sommer Marie Sterud, and the amazing Not So Late Show house band MojoFlo for electrifying, frequently hilarious interviews and fun with Columbus’s brightest performers and personalities.
Other special guests include late night Columbus icon, Fritz The Nite Owl; and WCBE’s scintillating sci-guy Dan Mushalko and his amazing water bears, the planet’s most powerful creature (more info about something I’ve got cooking with this sci-guy coming in July)!
Come experience the only event of its kind in the city:
Pre-show entertainment with comic Tom Plute starts at 7:30 and the show at 8 p.m!
Only $5! Reservations a must.
Visit http://sbxbackstagebistro.com/ or call 614.917.1171 to purchase tickets.
I’ve just learned that I’ve been nominated for two different categories in Campus Activities Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards! The categories are:
Visit the link above NOW to enter your vote! While you’re at it, Make sure to vote for my friend Jonathan Burns for Entertainer of the Year and my agency Fresh Variety for Agency of the Year!
In 2014, I was named Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine and Magician of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. I was concerned about 2015, because how do you beat that!?
In 2015, I:
• Performed for an exclusive invite-only event as part of NHL All Star Weekend.
• Did a special performance for The Columbus Zoo, after which “Jungle” Jack Hanna told me, “You’re the best we’ve had! I’m proud you’re from Columbus!”
• Spent the entire month of April performing 17 magic shows all around the world for the United States Navy in Spain, Italy, Greece, Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Singapore, Korea and Japan.
• Spent 2 weeks performing on board a cruise ship sailing around Alaska, adding it as the 47th US state in which I’ve performed.
• Returned to my hometown to perform in The Gloria Theatre, a special place that has been returned to it’s original glory!
• Had the busiest Fall College Tour of my career, visiting 43 cities in just under 3 months.
• Performed for an amazing group of corporate meetings and events, including one of Columbus’s own new companies that was listed in Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000!
All in all, 2015 took me to more than 115 cities, 10 countries, and 83 college campuses. There are even BIGGER things on the horizon, as 2016 is scheduled to include my first ever performance on national television, more tours, more shows, more magic and more adventure! I couldn’t do ANY of this without the amazing support from my fans. Also, thanks to my amazing wife, friends and family who put up with me being gone so much and working so hard. Thank you so much for continuing to follow my journey.
UPDATE: Tonight’s show is SOLD OUT.
For the first time in over a year, Michael returns to Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro for a special-one night only event! Things are about to get weird.
Fresh off a 110-city, 10 country whirlwind tour in 2015, Comedian and Magician Michael Kent is kicking off the new year with a one-night-only show exclusive for Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro! Recently named ENTERTAINER of the YEAR and MAGICIAN of the YEAR, Michael Kent is one of Columbus’s busiest entertainers. He’s performed in more than 500 college campuses, for corporations such as Disney and AT&T, various cruise lines and regularly asked to travel to other countries to entertain American troops serving overseas.
Reservations recommended – Food and Drink available – Adult Language and Content
Backstage Bistro / Shadowbox Live
503 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
Tickets: $5 (click link above to buy tickets or call 614-416-7625)
(Parking is available behind the building in two different lots on Liberty street. Parking ranges from $2-$5. There are also meters on Front Street.)
I’m happy to announce that I will be joining the cast of the 2016 Miracles and Magic Show!
The Miracles & Magic Foundation is an organization that provides life experiences to children who are currently fighting life-threatening illnesses. At the heart of Miracles & Magic is a comedy magic and illusion show. It features the best magicians in the world coming together to help these children and their families forget, if only for a few hours, about the shots, hospital beds, treatments and other daily challenges they face. Instead, they experience the wonder, laughter and emotion of the magic and entertainers.
Miracles and Magic
The Lincoln Theater
Columbus, OH 43203
January 23, 2016
1pm and 5pm
Tickets go onsale November 13 and will range $10-45
Parking is Free
I’m excited to join other top magicians in the world for this fantastic show. For details on the show and for tickets, visit http://www.miraclesandmagic.com/.
I once again had a great time at Bowling Green State University! I performed the first show of my Fall 2015 Tour as part of BGSU’s “Opening Weekend.” Here are some photos and a video!
When I was a kid growing up in Urbana, Ohio, entertainment options were limited. There were always high-school sporting events to watch. Older kids would “cruise the lot” (I never understood this. They would literally just drive in circles in the big empty parking lot behind K-Mart). And of course, there was the movie theatre. It was a twin-cinema theatre with second-run movies for cheap prices. If you were special, you had a friend who worked there and could watch for free from the viewing booth upstairs. The theatre was originally opened in 1918 as a Vaudeville Theatre and named “The Gloria” in 1941. When the movie theatre went out of business a few years ago, it was purchased and restored to a single room theatre. The idea was to restore the Gloria to its original role: a small town venue for live performing arts.
I’m happy to announce that on September 13th, I’ll be one of the first of hopefully many touring entertainers to perform at the newly restored Gloria Theatre. The show, brought to you by The Champaign County Arts Council and Grandworks Foundation, will be a Family-Friendly show, so bring the whole family!
Michael Kent: LIVE at the Gloria
Family Friendly Comedy and Magic Show
Brought to you by The Champaign County Arts Council and GrandWorks Foundation
DATE: Sunday September 13, 2015
Click below to purchase tickets through PayPal. Tickets are $15 each and children 10 and
under are free.
I recently spent a couple weeks performing onboard the Holland American Statendam Cruise Ship and sailed through Alaska. Here are some photos from the trip!
I’ve got a preliminary list of some of the first 2015 Fall College Tour dates that have been posted. Do you live in or near one of these cities? Have you simply been to any of these cities and have a fun memory or story? If you have a suggestion of something I should try, see or do, please let me know in the comments below!
One of the new things I’ll be doing on this tour is streaming live on Periscope! Follow me there!
Keep checking back! Also, see my official tour schedule for the most up-to-date information!
If you’re interested in attending a show listed in your city, let me know. Almost all of these shows are on college campuses. Sometimes they are open to the public, sometimes they aren’t.
August 22 – Bowling Green, OH
August 24 – Springfield, MA
August 28 – Manchester, NH
August 29 – Alvernia, PA
August 31 – Manchester, NH
September 2 – Sanborn, NY
September 3 – Fort Wayne, IN
September 4 – Winona, MN
September 12 – Jacksonville, FL
September 13 – Urbana, OH
September 16 – Atlanta, GA
September 18 – Quincy, IL
September 25 – Greenville, NC
September 29 – Indianapolis, IN
September 30 – Decatur, IL
October 1 – Chattanooga, TN
October 2 – Springfield, MA
October 3 – Huntingdon, PA
October 10 – Bexley, OH
October 13 – Skokie, IL
October 14 – Dearborn, MI
October 16 – Parkersburg, WV
October 17 – Manchester, NH
October 20 – Shepherdstown, WV
October 22 – Buffalo, NY
October 23 – Savannah, GA
OCtober 26 – Rockford, IL
October 27 – Marshall, MN
October 28 – Harrisburg, PA
October 29-31 – Grand Rapids, MI
November 6 – Elon, NC
November 7 – St. Mary’s City, MD
November 17 – Barbourville, KY
November 19 – Maryville, TN
November 20 – Nashville, TN
December 4 – Dayton, OH
December 5 – Springfield, OH
December 11 – Urbana, OH
December 11 – Lima, OH
December 12 – Dothan, AL
December 13 – Newville, PA
December 18 – Columbus, OH
There are still dates available for this tour. If you would like information on bringing me to your campus or corporate event, please let me know ASAP and we’ll get a date reserved for you!