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!
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!
This week was a fun one! I was given the opportunity to entertain at “The Crease,” a 1920’s Speakeasy-Style Event put on by the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation in celebration of NHL All Star Weekend to raise money for children with Pediatric Cancer. The event, hosted by my good pal Johnny DiLoretto, and conjured up by the amazing IM Creative, raised $600,000 for the cause. I shared my close-up social magic with the elite attendees, including NHL All Star Team Captain Nick Foligno, Columbus Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards and Former NHL Player/Commentator/CBJ Team Ambassador, Jody Shelley. The evening was full of surprises including music by NBC’s “The Voice” star, Maiya Sykes, amazing atmospheric performances around the room, professional dancers and a surprise appearance by Sara Bareilles!
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
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.
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.
Here’s a special story about Christmas – just for you.
This limited edition tour poster will only be available live at shows OR, for a limited time, on sale at the link below!
Get the poster HERE.
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…
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!
This will be an event you won’t want to miss. If you’ve heard any of Jimmy Mak’s stories about Bubba Jim, you know what I’m talking about.
- Some of my favorite bits of magic
- Jimmy and I perform a sketch written by Jimmy’s 5-year-old daughter – as written
- Jimmy’s HILARIOUS tales about Bubba Jim
- My stories from the road, including the story about recently having been bitten AND my experience auditioning for America’s Got Talent
- Behind-the-scenes stories
The show is TOMORROW NIGHT, APRIL 29 at Shadowbox Live’s Backstage Bistro (Directions). My “Magic and Stories” event in 2013 sold out, so you’re going to want to get your reservation in advance for tomorrow’s show. It’s going to be a fun one!
Click here for the Facebook event.
Pop-culture is a large part of my magic, but magicians are also a large part of pop-culture. Here are 10 awesome TV Moments that are about magic, but aren’t necessarily performances of magic themselves. This is, by no means, a comprehensive list. But they’re some of my favorites.
10. Pete Holmes on Magic and Magnets
This ultra-quotable bit makes me laugh every time. As a magician, I hear insane explanations for how people think magic works ALL THE TIME. So this totally hits home.
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm – Larry David battles the kid magician
I tell people about this clip quite often when they make the case that I should tell them how it works because someone taught me.
8. How I Met Your Mother – Barney’s Magic
Neil Patrick Harris is not only a life-long magician, he isn’t shy about bringing his passion for magic into his acting career, as he has done regularly throughout HIMYM. This is just one clip of MANY instances where Barney has performed magic on the show.
7. The Dark Knight Rises – The Joker’s Magic Trick WARNING – GRAPHIC/VIOLENCE
Had to include this clip of the late Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning role as the Joker. Gross, but extremely memorable.
6. The Cosby Show – Carl Ballantine
Carl Ballantine was an actor and one of the GREAT comedy magicians. He made the “failed magician” act a thing, and no one has done it as well as he did. This episode also featured some great clowning by Bill Irwin.
5. Patton Oswalt – the Angry Magician WARNING: NSFW LANGUAGE
Not much I can say about this clip other than watch it and marvel at how well Patton Oswalt uses the english language. He’s one of my favorite comedians.
4. Scrubs – J.D. Meets David Copperfield
My childhood idol making a cameo appearance on Scrubs and exhibiting a very “real” moment when he mocks J.D.’s child-like excitement.
3. The IT Crowd – The Guy Who Looks Like a Magician
This clip doesn’t do the episode justice. Find it on netflix and watch the whole episode. And once you do, you’ll want to watch the rest of the show. I recently did, and LOVED it.
2. Arrested Development – Gob Bluth
Gob was brought up to me in no less than 4 media interviews the last couple years. I’ve even done a couple Arrested Development-Themed Events to commemorate the show. My favorite Gob Bluth line: “Yeah, but where did the lighter fluid come from?”
1. Steve Martin – Flydini
A classic. It doesn’t get much better than Steve Martin doing Flydini.