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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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The Magic Newswire is a blog/podcast for magicians.  There you will see interviews with entertainers like David Blaine, Lance Burton, Neil Patrick Harris and many others.  I was recently interviewed about playing colleges and about my recent trip to Korea.

You can listen to the interview via flash HERE.

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Ellusionist.com, a web site for young magicians to learn stuff, has written about me on their blog.

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“It was an incredible 15-day tour on 10 US Army bases,” Kent said. “I was doing college shows and I loved doing them, but I wanted to give back more. These people were so appreciative it was really fulfilling and it became difficult to leave each night.”

Read the full text here.

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Here are some videos shot at AFN The Eagle on Yongsan USAG in Seoul, South Korea.

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My recent tour in South Korea was an unbelieveable experience. I arrived home one week ago, and I’m JUST NOW getting over the jet lag. The photos were easy to put up, and by now, many of you have seen them. If you havent, they are here.

I have some pretty incredible stories that I plan on sharing with you. I hope to create videos to share telling some of the stories like my experience with a Brigadier General’s daughter onstage, being completely immersed in parts of Korea where no one spoke English, hanging out with a bunch of ICW Professional Wrestlers, a special gift from the 557th MP Company, and being left unaccompanied for 2 hours in the Demilitarized Zone with no security escorts! Stay tuned! It will take me awhile to get through the almost 4 hours of video footage on my camera, but (most of) it will eventually be seen!

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