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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 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
October 1 – Chattanooga, TN
October 2 – Springfield, MA
October 3 – Huntingdon, PA
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 27 – Marshall, MN
October 28 – Harrisburg, PA
October 29-31 – Grand Rapids, MI
November 5 – Hartford, CT
November 6 – Elon, NC
November 17 – Barbourville, KY
November 19 – Maryville, TN
November 20 – Nashville, TN
December 4 – Dayton, OH
December 11 – Lima, OH
December 12 – Dothan, AL

 

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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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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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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Great news! I’ve received a nomination for the third year in a row for Campus Activities Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year Reader’s Choice Award! It’s a huge honor and I’m extremely appreciative to be listed among the OUTSTANDING talent nominated.

 

In both 2012 AND 2013, I was RUNNER UP for this award. With your help, we can make 2014 the year that I take it home!

 

VOTE HERE NOW!

 

1. Go to http://CampusActivitiesMagazine.com/awards.php

 

2. Type in your email (use your .edu, .mil, or private domain email address like ____@yourcompany.com (no yahoo, gmail, etc email addresses will be counted – everything else is fair game).

 

3. Enter your favorite artists in all categories, including Michael Kent for Entertainer of the Year.

 

4. Eat a candy bar.

 

5. Share this post using the icons below to tell all of your friends to vote for Michael!

 

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Check out some of the Fall 2013 Tour Dates! This isn’t a complete list – additional dates are still being added. It looks like when all is said and done, this tour will bring me to around 40-42 cities in something like 18 different states! There are a few days off in between some of the shows, so I’ll be visiting some touristy things like Niagara Falls and Disney World. But most of what I’ll be seeing is small-town America. I want to see all the interesting things there are to see in these small towns. Is there a city near you on the tour? Let me know what I should check out!

 

I’ll be constantly updating social media followers throughout the tour on my twitter and facebook.

 

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 6 – Columbus, OH
August 9 – Columbus, OH
August 10 – Columbus, OH
August 14 – Normal, IL
August 17 – Greenwood, SC
August 18 – Rock Hill, SC
August 22 – Highland Heights, KY
August 23 – Oxford, OH
August 24 – Urbana, OH
August 26 – Bowling Green, OH
August 27 – Tyler, TX
August 28 – Texarkana, TX
August 29 – Gainesville, TX
August 30 – Manchester, NH
September 2 – Manchester, NH
September 3 – Green Bay, WI
September 5 – Sanborn, NY
September 6 – Orlando, FL
September 14 – Rockford, IL
September 16 – Winona, MN
September 17 – Joplin, MO
September 20 – Emmitsburg, MD
September 21 – Columbus, OH
September 23 – Dayton, OH
September 25 – Bexley, OH
October 4 – Bronx, NY
October 5 – Angola, IN
October 15 – Lake Charles, LA
October 16 – Beaumont, TX
October 17 – Natchitoches, LA
October 18 – Buffalo, NY
October 22 – Columbus, MS
October 23 – Pittsburgh, PA
October 24 – Old Westbury, NY
October 30 – Eunice, LA
October 31 – El Paso, TX
November 1 – Hartford, CT
November 5 – Rochester, NY
November 6 – Gallatin, TN
November 7 – Peoria, IL
November 14 – Chattanooga, TN
November 20 – Akron, OH
November 21 – Barbourville, KY
November 23 – 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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