Magic Mike wows CAB crowd


Pablo Ortiz, The Chart

The Missouri Southern Campus Activities Board welcomed magician and comedian Michael Kent to Corley Auditorium Thursday night. The funny man entertained the crowd with his unique and witty personality and mystifying magic tricks. Kent has been performing magic since the age of six and earned the nickname, “Magic Mike” while attending Ohio State University. 

Skyler Young, Staff Writer

After a nationwide tour and being named entertainer and magician of the year Michael Kent re-visited Missouri Southern on Wednesday. 

“Kent is brilliant and brutally funny,” as described by The Joplin Globe. His unique style of tying magic with comedy was aimed to please students.  

Ohio native Michael Kent started off doing magic at the age of six. In his beginning years he performed magic to impress girls and make friends.When asked about the first magic trick he learned Kent stated, “ It was a magic wand that would grow out of your hand but when I was six one day it broke and hit my eye.” 

 “I was much more of a fan of comedians such as David Letterman and Bill Murray, than I was magicians,” said Kent. 

Kent attended Ohio State University where he studied communications, theater and linguistics. While attending the university, friends knew him as “Magic Mike”, he jokingly stated, “this was long before the movie.” 

In 2011, Michael released a trick to the world known as “repAIR”. The trick in itself is an impossible effect where a balloon is popped and restored. The trick is done with empty hands and can be performed anywhere. 

His YouTube channel brings in thousands of viewers that leave comments showing much admiration and support of his rare form of magic and comedy. 

Michael involves his audience in every show stating, “The audience becomes the stars of the show.” 

With his career booming he now hosts shows and private bookings all over the world. From doing standup acts for U.S Troops in South Korea to a style similar to a late-night talk show on college campuses like Southern, many followers gather to see his witty charm and impressive magic skills. As for performing Michael Kent says he still gets anxious and nervous before every show. But, he says, “the more you do something the more knowledge you have , and by being nervous it shows you care.”