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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:

2016 Best Variety Artist
2016 Best Comedy Performer

 
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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!

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Things Are Gonna Get Weird

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

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Backstage Bistro / Shadowbox Live
503 South Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Tuesday, January 5th, 2016
8pm
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.)

 

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I’m happy to announce that I will be joining the cast of the 2016 Miracles and Magic Show!

From miraclesandmagic.com:

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/.

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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 driv1381953_577066178996778_1550476498_ne 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
TIME: 4:00pm
Tickets: $15

Click below to purchase tickets through PayPal. Tickets are $15 each and children 10 and
under are free.



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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!
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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!

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There’s a reason Michael Kent has been named ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR by Campus Activities Magazine and MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR by The Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. Michael gives magic a facelift with irreverent comedy and satire. His unique style of performing magic has made him a FAVORITE in over 500 college campuses he’s visited. Michael has performed for audiences all over the globe – from Hollywood, California to US Troops serving overseas. Many colleges and universities book him YEAR AFTER YEAR because students can’t wait to see the show again!



In a style reminiscent of a late-night talk show, Michael invites the audience to laugh with him at the absurdity of a modern-day magician. Michael’s audiences experience what its like when a stand up comic performs (and occasionally pokes fun at) the art of magic.

For information about booking Michael at your next event, please send us a note and we’ll get you all of the information you need!

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I’m excited to announce that I will spending April of 2015 touring Europe, Asia and the Middle East to perform magic for the US Navy in honor of the “Month of the Military Child.” The tour, produced by Navy Entertainment, will send me to many different military installations throughout the world.


This tour will be my 3rd time overseas to entertain the troops. Performing for military groups is some of the most rewarding work I can do as a professional entertainer. It gives me the opportunity to create positive lifelong memories not only for myself but for deployed sailors and their families. I’m grateful for their service and sacrifice and this is the least I can do to express that sentiment. For a full press release about the tour, click the link below.

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Columbus blogger and 614 Magazine Contributor Cheryl Harrison sat down with me recently to ask me questions about my job. The article originally appeared in May’s issue of 614 Magazine. Enjoy!


Columbus actually has many magicians, but most of them are magicians that only magicians would know. But 99 percent of magicians are only magicians that magicians would know.

Read the rest of the interview…

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I’ve got a preliminary list of some of the first 2014 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!

Here Come the Car Selfies.

I’ll be constantly updating social media followers throughout the tour on my twitter and facebook. And check my Instagram to look out for tons of videos, audience and venue photos, general thoughts and car selfies. Lots of car selfies.

 

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.

 

July 15 – Tampa, FL
July 30 – Orlando, FL (Private)
August 4 – Orlando, FL (Private)
August 6 – Orlando, FL (Private)
August 11 – Orlando, FL (Private)
August 20 – Brevard, NC
August 22 – Philadelphia, PA
August 23 – Westerville, OH
August 24 – Cobleskill, NY
August 25 – Greenville, NC
August 26 – Hamburg, NY
August 27 – Baltimore, MD
August 28 – Bowling Green, OH
August 30 – Manchester, NH
August 31 – Oxford, OH
September 1 – Manchester, NH
September 4 – Sanborn, NY
September 5 – Chattanooga, TN
September 6 – Emory, VA
September 9 – Denver, CO
September 10 – Providence, RI
September 12 – Annville, PA
September 17 – Lubbock, TX
September 18 – Atlanta, GA
September 20 – Columbus, OH
September 24 – Aberdeen, SD
September 26 – Manhattan, KS
October 3 – Elon, NC
October 4,5 – Syracuse, NY (Private)
October 7 – Columbus, OH
October 10 – Wilmington, OH
October 16-18 – Lancaster, PA (Private)
October 21 – Dallas, TX
October 22 – Victoria, TX
October 23 – Tyler, TX
October 24 – Texarkana, TX
October 28 – Harrisburg, PA
September 29 – Reading, PA
October 30, 31 – Hartford, CT (Private)
November 1 – Gettysburg, PA
November 6 – Covington, KY (Private)
November 7 – St. Cloud, MN
November 10 – Dallas, TX
November 12 – Huntsville, AL
November 21 – Dayton, OH

 

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!

 

 

 

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I’m so happy to announce the next collaboration between myself and Shadowbox Live, the largest resident theater company in America. I’ll be appearing as a special guest in the next Sketch Comedy and Rock n’ Roll Show, called “Out of Control.” The show runs from March 27-May-31, but, due to my existing tour schedule, I’ll appearing on select nights only. Keep checking this space – and my tour schedule – for an update of which nights I’ll appear.

Shadowbox Live | 503 S. Front St. | Columbus, OH | box office:(614) 416-7625

Michael Kent special guest in “Out of Control” Select Dates:

April 11 7:30pm
April 11 10:30pm
April 12 7:30pm
April 12 10:30pm
April 19 7:30pm
April 19 10:30pm
April 25 7:30pm
April 25 10:30pm
May 30 7:30pm
May 30 10:30pm
May 31 7:30pm
May 31 10:30pm

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