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Michael John, Magician

In the beginning, magician Michael John was the tender age of seven when he first received the gift of magic in the form of a Magic Science set for his First Holy Communion. It’s been said that you don’t get into magic, but that magic gets into you. This was certainly the case for Michael, and since that day he has spent his lifetime diligently honing and sharing his off-beat brand of magic with the world. From humble beginnings in a Massachusetts rural farm town, to some of the largest and most prestigious stages of the world- the craft of magic has been Michael’s compass, passion, blessing, and responsibility. Over the years, Michael has performed his magic regularly at school, local clubs, bars and restaurants while mastering his craft and focusing his vision. He has performed for everyone: from strangers on the street to the likes of celebrities in film, music and entertainment, to the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Michael graduated from Nichols College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, an education that he implements in his magic regularly. In 2015, shortly after his stint with The Price Is Right on CBS as a male model/magician finalist, Michael made his emotional debut appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent (Season 10) to rave reviews from the shows’ celebrity judges. The original video went viral with well over 7 million views. He appeared on one more episode of the hit summer television program before being featured as a magician/model in a National McDonald’s Commercial. After these international television and performing experiences, the college circuit found Michael and he was chosen as the Special Feature cover story for America’s #1 Publication for Campus Entertainment, Campus Activities Magazine (Reader’s Choice Awards Nomination Issue, 2015). Currently, Michael is working towards a performance at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA and has many other projects that are currently under-wraps, but he is very excited to share them all with the world soon. Michael is also a commercial/print model and an elite former collegiate and semi-professional baseball pitcher, throwing consultant and sport specific trainer. Originally from outside Boston, MA, Michael now resides in Los Angeles. Learn more about MJ here: www.michaeljohnmagic.com

Nate Staniforth, Magician

Nate Staniforth, host of the Discovery Channel's "Breaking Magic" series and member of the prestigious Band of Magicians, has toured United States since 2005, bringing his “unplugged” style of magic to over 20,000 people each year at clubs, colleges, universities, and theaters across the country.  In 2011 Nate’s US college tour brought in the “Best Small Venue Performer” award from Campus Activities Magazine and his weekly youtube series has garnered almost half a million views.  In 2009 Nate traveled extensively through Southeast Asia and India to learn about the traditions of magic in those cultures, studying with shaman, witch doctors, street performers, and anyone who could help him learn more about the traditional roots of his craft.  These lessons, combined with his experiences on the road in America, led to his 2011 TED Talk titled “Creating Astonishment” that outlines his direct, no-frills approach to magic. Nate is the author of a book on performance theory for magicians and has worked as a consultant for some of the top magicians in the world.  He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in history and religion and, after living in Chicago and Los Angeles, returned to Iowa where he currently lives while not on tour.

Check out Nate's YouTube series here: youtube.com/natestaniforth

Kilted Colin View Headshot

If you’re looking for laughter, look no further! Kilted Colin, who got his start performing for stuffed animals in his bedroom now performs his high energy comedy show all over the globe! He has been seen on Comedy Central in addition to countless Fairs, Festivals, Circus’s, and Colleges all over the map. What started out as a hobby playing bagpipes soon blossomed into a full blown career when he saw a unicycle and figured the two would go together like bread and butter. He pushes the boundaries of what was thought could be done in a kilt. Acrobatics, bagpiping, beatboxing, hilarious dancing, jumping on trampolines, unicycling and all of it in a kilt!!

http://kiltedcolin.com

 

Brian Brushwood, Comedy Magician

Since beginning his career in magic, Brian has authored 3 books, including Cheats, Cons, Swindles & Tricks: 57 Ways to Scam a Free Drink, Pack the House: The Ultimate, Ever-Growing Guide to Increasing Attendance to YOUR Campus Events (co-authored with C.J. Johnson), and the Professional's Guide to Fire Eating. Brian has made several TV and radio appearances, including appearances on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," CNN's "Life Beyond Limits," "The Roseanne Show," E! Entertainment Television's "Talk Soup," the WB's "Steve Harvey's Big Time," Tech TV's "Unscrewed with Martin Sargent," CMT's "Most Wanted Live," BBC's "The Paul Coyte Show," Westwood One's "Don and Mike Show," ABC-TV's "The Debra Duncan Show," "The Shannon Burke Show" on KJFK-FM, "Dudley and Bob" on KLBJ-FM, "The Morning Zoo" on KASE-FM, as well as news affiliates for ABC, FOX, CBS, and Time-Warner. Brian also is an avid computer gamer, and has been playing way too much of ncsoft's "City of Heroes."

 

Matt Henry - Trianed Human

As a child growing up in Madison WI, Matt discovered the joy of juggling from the classic learn-to-juggle tome Juggling for the Complete Klutz and threw himself whole-heartedly into this odd pursuit. He cut his teeth busking on the streets of Manhattan, and later moved to Orlando Florida honing his skills with thousands (yes, thousands) of shows on the stages of that city. He continued to expand his technical repertoire as well; his hard work was rewarded in 2001 when he bested dozens of other world-class competitors to win a World Juggling Championship.

Since then, Matt’s unique brand of charm and skill has kept him in demand around the world, from corporate boardrooms to the high seas, from night clubs to symphony orchestras, from Orlando to New York to Hong Kong to London to Tokyo and back again. http://www.trainedhuman.com/index.html
Todd Migliacci

Todd is a magician with a decade of experience up his sleeve and a background as an Orientation Leader and Campus Activities member. Winner of Disney World's "Best Specialty Act," he brings his award-winning stage show and street magic to campuses across the country. He's performed on Carnival Cruise Lines, at the last D23 Expo (Disney's Comic-Con) at Disneyland in CA and is the only magician ever to have performed in Cinderella's Castle at Disney World in FL! Throw out your preconceived ideas of a magician because he puts on a different kind of magic show. Todd fuses impressive tricks and illusions with comedy and a ton of fun. Sure he makes things appear, disappear and float in mid-air but the twist: it all happens in just the first 5 minutes of his show. This is magic that’s Pure, Direct & Unforgettable. Visit iHeartTodd.com
Scott Land Marionettes

Scott Land is a puppeteer at the top of his game. His seasoned performing skills are on display in nearly every scene of Paramount Pictures' Team America: World Police. During the making of the movie—the most expensive puppet-driven feature film ever produced—Scott did more than pull the strings on dozens of lead characters. Throughout the 4 months of shooting, Land lent his expertise to director/producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone who, shot by shot, relied on his 25 years of marionette experience to help them create their landmark film. Other screen credits include Disney's The Princess Diaries 2, for which he created and performed a Julie Andrews look-alike marionette, seen on the Special Features section of the DVD. His other TV and film credits include Pee Wee's Playhouse, The Ben Stiller Show, Still Breathing, Shakes the Clown and Rodney Dangerfield's Birthday Bash. Equipped with the skill, experience and a natural business sense, The Scott Land Marionettes opened for business in 1985. Since then, Land has performed some 10,000 shows worldwide at theatres, convention centers, theme parks, corporate events and on cruise lines. Scott has entertained at more celebrity private parties than any other puppeteer. His clientele reads like a "Who's-Who" list of Hollywood: Sylvester Stallone, Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Pee Wee Herman, Tom Hanks, Rod Stewart, Meg Ryan and many more. Scott has himself experienced the limelight having acted in dozens of national television commercials--without puppets—a little known fact. And he is one of a few marionette artists to be invited to perform at the legendary Magic Castle in Hollywood. In 2006, he traveled to Tibet and gave a special performance for the Dalai Lama, delighting his Holiness with a "mini-me" marionette version of himself. 

http://www.thepuppetman.com

John Cassidy

John Cassidy is a comedian, magician and Guinness World Record Holding Balloon Sculptor. He has been seen on numerous television programs including Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Today Show, and Live with Regis & Kelly. John's "Balloon Freak Show", with its own unique mixture of comedy, magic and "really weird things with balloons" has received rave reviews and has been performed at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, the "Off-Broadway" production, Monday Night Magic in New York, on Disney Cruise Line and in the World’s Greatest Magic Show, Mac King Show and Amazing Johnathan Show, all in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

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