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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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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!



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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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I was very pleased and honored to received a mention in the most recent “Campus Activities Magazine.” You can read the user-submitted letter to the magazine below!



I don’t know the identity of Lisa from Kentucky, but I’m very appreciative of her comments!

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On Saturday night, I entertained over 450 smiling faces at Hollywood Casino in Columbus, OH. They were employees of the award-winning Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds, Zoombezi Bay Waterpark and Safari Golf Course. The extravagant night featured entertainment from Matt Ryan DJ and a full-length headline performance by yours truly!

The highlight of the evening was having TV’s Wildlife Advocate and Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus, Jack Hanna onstage with me. I can honestly say that Jack was the most fun audience volunteer I’ve ever had onstage. It was a sight to see when Jack legitimately thought I had shredded his 20-dollar bill. He held back the swear words when showing his amazement when the money showed up inside a locked box in the audience.

After the show, Jack said “You’re the best we’ve had. I’m proud you’re from Columbus.” What a great guy – and what a great zoo!

 

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Thanks to YOU, my amazing fans, friends and supporters, I’ve been voted Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine AND Magician of the Year by APCA!

Entertainer of the Year

I was voted “Entertainer of the Year” by the readers of Campus Activities Magazine! As you can imagine, this is an unbelievable honor for me. After having been nominated for the last 3 years, it’s a huge thrill.

Read the Official Press Release Here

Read the Official Press Release Here

To be recognized in your field is something that always feels good. I’m humbled and honored to receive the title of “Entertainer of the Year” and will do my best to keep putting on the best shows I possibly can to truly earn the title. I was “real-life-share-a-drink-with” friends with all 4 of the other nominees in this category and they’re all amazing, top-notch entertainers. Adam Grabowski is a guy who is taking the college market by storm with his comedy, funny charts and observations about 90s life. Daniel Martin is someone I’m proud to call a friend and someone with whom I regularly workshop new ideas. His “making an audience member disappear bit is one of the most clever “I wish I had thought of that” things out there. Peter Boie is a magician who has a thing in his show with a harmonica that I have never figured out — and never want to. It’s a magical experience to see him perform. Matt Corey convinced me that the saxophone can actually be exciting and fun to watch (not to mention, he’s a fellow Ohioan)! I’d also like to say CONGRATS to all of the winners in other categories!

Campus Activities Magazine was nice enough to feature me on the cover of their April Issue, which is distributed to 4,300 colleges and universities nation-wide and ran a 3-page-spread about me.

An excerpt:

The self-billed “Comedian, Magician, Smart@$$” has become one of the most respected and in-demand entertainers in the campus market and this win proves it.

You can read the full story here.

Thanks again for your support. I’ll do my best to live up to it.

Magician of the Year

In other exciting news, I recently attended the National Conference for the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities in Atlanta, GA, where I was given the “2014 Magician of the Year” Award! The title is determined by votes cast through ballots given to Student Activities Groups in colleges throughout the country. I was genuinely surprised to be notified about this award!

Click to watch a video of Michael accepting his award!

 

Being recognized by your peers is always a wonderful feeling, and I smiled the whole way home from Atlanta. So thank you for the honor! The beautiful trophy I was given will be placed in my office display case next to other proud mementos that serve as reminders that I really am working in my dream job.

 

Thank you so much to:

  • The APCA Administrators, Staff and Volunteers,
  • All of the Student Activities Advisors/Directors and students who have enjoyed what I do,
  • Entertainer friends with whom I regularly consult for improvement and ideas
    and of course,
  • My agent, Laura Gilman with Fresh Variety for helping me continue to move forward in my career.

 

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