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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 12 – Annville, PA
September 17 – Lubbock, TX
September 18 – Savannah, GA
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 6-8 – Covington, KY (Private)
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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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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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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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

For more info on any of the above dates, refer to my published tour schedule.

 

Also – remember that voting is still going on for 2012 Entertainer of the Year!  The story was recently picked up by Columbus NBC4!

 

 

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These “year-in-review” posts sometimes feel somewhat obligatory, but in this case, 2011 was an incredible year and as I look back, I’m overwhelmed with topics to write about.



Here are some standout memories:


2011 was a record year for me as far as the college tour goes. So many great memories. I performed in more colleges than ever this year. While it was hard on my body and mind at times, I got through it with the help of friends, loved ones and amazing audiences.


Did some great TV with ABC6/FOX28 Columbus’s Johnny DiLoretto – some of my first experience with LIVE television. I learned that live TV can be a very difficult thing – Johnny handles it like a pro. When it goes well, it’s exhilarating!


I began my commercial acting career in 2011, and worked on commercials and industrials for Intel, Ohio Lottery, Kemba Financial and a few others!


In 2011, I offered an original creation as my first release to the magic community. repAIR is a Popped and Restored Balloon effect that has never been seen before in the history of magic. It was met with favorable reviews and has sold really well so far.

The Free Beer Tour* was an event that I put together with Corey Montie where I toured local bars and taught attendees bar bets that they could use to scam their friends out of free drinks.


In probably one of the most important things I’ve done in my career, I helped Hopeline, IMAlive.org and Post Secret raise money for Suicide Awareness through this PSA.


Predictions for 2012:

  • The Kardashians will become irrelevant. Until one of them does something stupid that acts like catnip for humans and makes television gossip shows go apeshit crazy. The American Public will be thrown into an uproar and they will get government involved, who will use new National Defense Legislation to hold the Kardashians in an undisclosed location. This will launch the Kardashians into a new Reality (ever wonder why reality shows hire writers?) show called “The Kardashians Appeal to Congress.”

  • Apple will come out with a product that you never knew you needed. By next December, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

  • McDonalds will work with Paula Dean to introduce a new product called “McFatass.”

  • A Republican presidential candidate will say something stupid.

  • A group of people with Mayan ancestry will finally reveal the secret “Part 2″ of the calendar they’ve been hiding.

  • Playboy will offer $50M to Betty White to pose nude. She will accept.

  • An asteroid will come so close to the Earth that TV News networks will actually be forced to report actual news. The Huffington Post will bump their previous lead-story about what Whoopie said yesterday on The View.

  • Someone will ask me If I can make them disappear.

  • You will receive a bad haircut.

  • Betty White’s Playboy spread will launch her into a career in pornography, shocking everyone who thought the first Golden Girl to do porn would be Rue McClanahan.

  • The Presidential race will end in chaos when Major News networks announce that the candidate with the most electoral votes was Exxon Mobil.

  • You will fall in love.

  • For me, I can already tell that 2012 has some exciting things coming. Two of them I can’t talk about quite yet, but soon! If you get on my mailing list by entering your email address above or clicking here, I guarantee you’ll hear about them! As always, I usually tweet about things as they happen! I hope everyone has had an amazing Holiday Season. Have a wonderful and fun-filled New Years Eve. Make sure you kiss your loved one and hold them tight. If you don’t have a loved one, grab the person next to you and smooch. The memory of the kiss will long outlast the bruise you’ll receive from his or her significant other.


    Stay tuned,
    MK

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    New Tour Poster!

    Mar 27, 2011

    Here’s the new 2011-2012 Tour Poster!







    Poster design by Edwards Creative, Columbus Ohio.
    There is a G-Rated Version of the poster available as well. Both poster designs can be downloaded in print-quality resolution or purchased on CafePress.

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    Timmy Swears, Stupid Eye Trick, Rubber Bands: Joke/Story/Trick #9

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    What an awesome year. If there’s anything I can say about 2010, it’s that it gave me some pretty damn good stories. Here are a few:



    KOREA:
    - Embarrassingly pulled the General’s daughter onstage for the chicken trick during a military show in South Korea. Found out it was the General’s daughter AFTER the show when the General tried to scare me.
    - Was given a special gift by a soldier after a show.
    - Created some amazing experiences eating Korean food, shopping in open markets, slamming up against a language barrier and seeing things I’ve never seen before.
    - Befriended a bunch of Professional Wrestlers also touring Korea.
    - Got the hell out of South Korea just in time.
    - Was driven, without military escort, by an unfamiliar Korean bus driver through the DMZ and left stranded on an Army base.
    Blog posts about South Korea here.







    COLLEGE TOUR:
    - The orange ball trick produced some hilarious results in 2010, including phrases like “Fish Shit” and “Shit Fountain.”
    - Experienced (and handled) a student with an open laptop in the front row, skyping during my show.
    - Performed a late show outdoors in Florida and apparently interrupted one angry student’s sleep.
    - Traveled to 35 cities in three and half months.
    - Performed two showcases at Regional Campus Activities Conferences.
    - Some shows had AMAZING audiences and TONS of fan support (St. A’s, BGSU and Viterbo – I’m lookin’ at you)!
    - Almost got caught in a tornado at OSU Newark.
    - Repurposed my high school band uniform as stage attire.
    - Created some amazing memories on the road.



    CORPORATES:
    - Realized that the corporate crowd is the drinking crowd (in most instances).
    - Returned to two fantastic company parties that I had previously wowed.
    - Performed a show in Canada, where I witnessed a girl literally rip her shirt off like Hulk Hogan at the hotel bar after the show. Most amazing thing I’ve ever seen in a bar.



    MISCELLANEOUS:
    - Launched an all new michaelkentLIVE.com
    - Got two tattoos
    - Threw a surprise birthday party for my dog.



    It was an awesome year. After telling some stories at dinner the other night, a friend’s mother said to me “And you’re HOW old?” It really put things in perspective. I’ve gotten to experience some really cool things the last few years and from what it looks like, there are even more on the horizon.



    Happy Holidays!



    peace, love and the future,
    MK


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    It’s time once again for nominations for Campus Activities Magazine’s Readers Choice Awards. The difference this year is that their website is down, so the nominations are being completed the old-fashioned way – by mail, scan & email, or fax. Here’s the form to print and fill out!



    I think if I win the award, it will help me free up some time to work on my new invention. I want to combine Four Loko alcoholic energy drink with 5 React gum and call it “9 React Like a Drunken Idiot.”



    So I appreciate the help – and if you need the address of an antique store to find a fax machine, let me know and I’ll try to help. hehe The form is below:







    I would appreciate it greatly if you would nominate me for categories #8 & #10 (Best Live Novelty Performance and Newest Rising Star). And don’t forget to nominate Fresh Variety as agency of the year!



    Fax to: 803.712.6703



    Email to: admin@campusactivitiesmagazine.com



    Mail to: PO Box 509
    Prosperity, SC 29127



    I know it’s more work than just clicking a link on the Internet, but if you could spare a couple minutes to help out, I would appreciate it GREATLY! :)



    Thanks again – 2010 has been an AMAZING year and from what it looks like 2011 is going to be even better.

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