On February 9th, I’ll be performing a special family friendly fundraiser show to raise money for the Pickerington High School North Marching Band! This Comedy Night will feature an hour-long show that your whole family is welcome to enjoy. Opening act will be Ventriloquist David Crone. Tickets are $15. Call Debbie at 614-570-9955 for tickets.
If you want a chance to see my full show in Columbus, this will be your best shot! I’ll be headlining at Brew Ha Ha, hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Garret Morris on Monday, July 16 with my entire full-length performance. This is where you’ll get to see stuff that I normally only perform on the road at colleges, cruise ships, clubs and other venues that begin with other letters. Brew Ha Ha is a beer and comedy festival that takes place for 3 days in Columbus, Ohio’s Historic Brewery District.
10pm on a weeknight too late for you? Stop being a pansy. Laughing at live entertainment is healthier than sitting on the couch watching Pawn Stars (Sidenote: my show probably has more to do with history than anything on the history channel).
I’d love to see all of my Columbus friends out at this show. To everyone who’s asking “when are going to perform around here?” July 16. Register here. See you there!
The 2012 Fall Tour is shaping up and I wanted to give you a heads up on some of the cities I’ll be coming to! There are still many dates available and this list will be growing in the coming months.
August 9 – Private Corporate Event – Reynoldsburg, OH
August 17 – Miami University of Ohio – Oxford, OH
August 23 – Northern Kentucky University – Highland Heights, KY
August 24 – Saint Anselm College – Manchester, NH
August 25 – Emory University – Atlanta, GA
Augist 27 – University of Texas Pan Am – Edinburg, TX
August 28 – Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, OH
August 29 – Anne Arundel Community College – Arnold, MD
August 30 – Shepherd University – Shepherdstown, WV
August 31 – Ohio Northern University – Ada, OH
September 1 – Denison University – Granville, OH
September 2 – Southern New Hampshire University – Manchester, NH
September 5 – University of Wisconsin Oshkosh – Oshkosh, WI
September 7 – Concordia College – Moorhead, MN
September 8 – University of New Hampshire Durham – Durham, NH
September 13 – Urbana University – Urbana, OH
September 20 – University of Kentucky – Lexington, KY
September 25 – East Carolina University – Greenville, NC
October 8 – Buena Vista University – Storm Lake, IA
October 12-14 – APCA Northeast – Syracuse, NY
October 18 – Rowan University – Glassboro, NJ
October 19 – NACA MidAtlantic – Lancaster, PA
October 20 – Otterbein College – Westerville, OH
November 1-3 – NACA MidAmerica – Grand Rapids, MI
November 8-9 – NACA Northeast – Hartford, CT
November 10 – Private Event – Athens, OH
November 15 – University of Michigan Flint – Flint, MI
November 16 – The College of New Jersey – Ewing, NJ
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!
I’ve got some exciting news! I’ve been working with Columbus’s Shadowbox Live – a long-running Sketch Comedy and Rock theatre – on their newest production. Smoke and Mirrors is a show themed on Magic and Deception. Starting in March, I’ll be a special guest in the show* as myself presenting some of my original concepts. I’ll also be in some scenes making surprise appearances.
Shadowbox has a long history in Columbus – going back to the late 80’s. In the 90’s, I used to frequent their old theatre on Spring St. when I was a teenager (they sucked at checking ID’s at the time), and I’m happy to see them back downtown in the new Brewery District location (next to World of Beers).
*I will be continuing my tour schedule during the Run of Smoke & Mirrors, so I will be only appearing on selected nights. Visit my tour schedule for a schedule of which nights I’ll be appearing!
The 2012 Winter/Spring Tour is off to a wintery start! We had to reschedule the first college campus of the year (see below) and almost had to reschedule a second one! Nonetheless, things are really clicking with the show. I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to get to one of the shows on the tour soon! See the below list of shows on the schedule to see if I’ll be in a city near you and keep checking back for updates!
2012 Winter/Spring Tour
January 12 – Chicago, IL – RESCHEDULED FOR FEB. 2
January 14 – Dubois, PA
January 19 – Adrian, MI
January 21 – Glassboro, NJ
January 26 – Cleveland, OH
January 31 – Baltimore, MD
February 2 – Chicago, IL
February 3 – Flagstaff, AZ
February 7 – Alpine, TX
February 9 – Lyndonville, VT
February 11 – Guest DJing – Powell, OH
February 15 – Melbourne, FL
February 16 – Normal, IL
February 18 – Columbus, OH
February 22 – Mattoon, IL
February 25-29 – NACA – Charlotte, NC
March 10 – Dayton, OH
March 16 – Bexley, OH
March 29-31 – NACA – St. Paul, MN
April 6 – Bennington, VT
April 13 – Ewing, NJ
April 21 – Hamilton, OH
April 28 – Manito, IL
I’m very excited to announce that, thanks to your votes, I have been nominated for Campus Activities Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year Reader’s Choice Award!
This is my first time being nominated for this national award after having been nominated for “Newest Rising Star” and “Best Small Venue Artist” categories in 2009.
Now that I’ve been nominated, it’s time to vote for the Award! I need your votes! Voting is simple – just go to http://CampusActivitiesMagazine.com Don’t forget to vote and tell all of your friends to vote by using the social media links below (help spread the word)! As you can imagine, this award is kind of a big deal, so your help and support is GREATLY appreciated!
I consider making people laugh one of the most important things I can do. Occasionally, I get the opportunity to do something more important than that.
I recently worked with Hopeline.com‘s Reese Butler and PostSecret‘s Frank Warren on a project to help them raise money for suicide prevention during DC Gives on November 9. They have produced a deck of cards that feature warning signs for friends and family members to look out for to identify a loved one at risk. Their idea was to have a magician display these cards and they selected me to shoot this project with them. The video will be used after the DC Gives event to continue to raise money for Suicide Prevention via Hopeline, which is the 1-800-SUICIDE support hotline and IMAlive.org, a 24/7 suicide prevention chat line. The specially printed playing cards, along with special wristbands (also seen in the video) will be available after the November 9 DC Gives event by donating to Hopeline.
Subscribers to my “Michael Mail” E-newsletter got an exclusive look at this video earlier this week (to get on this list, type your email in the box on the upper right corner of my website or click here). Please help benefit this great cause and spread this video out to your social networks via Facebook, Twitter and email by using the share icons below.
P.S. Within minutes of this video going live on my YouTube Account yesterday, a young man contacted me, seeking help.
I’m excited to announce that my original popped and restored balloon effect, repAIR, is now available for purchase worldwide, making it my first ever release to the magic community. repAIR is an effect in which a balloon is inflated, tied in a knot, popped, and then repAIRed and inflated once again. Your hands can be shown empty both before and after the trick.
repAIR is available exclusively through Theory11.com :: The Wire, and was one of the few tricks to be chosen to be launched along with the revolutionary new magic marketplace. From Theory11’s website:
Imagine it: You walk up to a group of people. After asking for one of the girls’ numbers and being rejected, you pull out a balloon from your pocket and begin to inflate it. You remove a pencil from your pocket and pop the balloon, scaring the crap out of the girl (whom you are probably too good for anyway) and she begins to cry. Let’s face it: there’s nothing worse than a crying girl. You immediately start to massage the broken balloon pieces until they fuse together, allowing you to blow the balloon up once again. She gives you her number, but you don’t call because she’s been with all your friends. You instead make a fart noise with the balloon and put it back into your pocket – she doesn’t deserve it.
repAIR happens right in front of their faces and you’re able to show both hands completely empty before and after the effect. There’s no need to load, ditch or swallow anything. It’s super practical, extremely baffling, and looks like real magic.