Joe Turner, aka "America's Corporate Magic Communicator," makes his living performing magical stunts for folks at some of the country's biggest companies. Recently, however, Turner has begun taking his act beyond the expense-account crowd, serving as a magic consultant for the Flying Carpet Theatre play The Mystery of Chung Ling Soo at 7 Stages, and mystifying the general public at Buckhead's Grand Hyatt hotel. He performs there Wed., Nov. 10.
So what makes you "America's Corporate Magic Communicator"?
I use sleight of hand, illusions and mentalism that are customized to communicate specific messages to corporate audiences. It could be a sales message at a trade show or a motivational message to a sales force. I've performed at conventions, award dinners, conferences and rallies.
How did you get started in magic?
I think every magician starts as a child. I did it for neighborhood birthday parties when I was 12, but I never considered it as a career. I picked it up again as a hobby 10 to 12 years ago and got invited to perform at a corporate function doing magic for adults. It turns out I really had a knack for it. I worked in corporate America for seven years as a management consultant and a bank vice president, but after a downsizing in 2000 I decided to pursue magic full time.
Who is your favorite magician?
My favorite magician is someone most people in the United States have never heard of. His name is Fred Kaps. He was Dutch, and he was very, very famous in Europe. He came to the United States in the '60s and attempted to get discovered. Eventually he got on "The Ed Sullivan Show," but he was never really noticed -- and that's because he was the act that followed the Beatles' first appearance on "Ed Sullivan."
Little harsh, in'it?
Oh that's right...I DID say enjoy yourself.
Go to hell Kombo!
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