Penguin Live Online Lecture – Michael Finney
“Michael Finney is the quintessential American entertainer– he’s bold, original and a product of his own invention. He has no pretensions. He’ll poke fun at anyone (including himself.) That’s a recipe for a winning performer and that’s what makes Finney absolutely irresistible.” – Larry Wilson
“Give Him a Deck of cards, a Pair of Scissors plus some Rope & for the Next Hour Your Audience WILL have the Time of Their Lives!” – Michael Ammar
“Michael Finney is one of the most successful comedy magic acts working today. Michael’s performances have garnered him both rave reviews and top awards all over the world. We are fortunate that one of the world’s finest has agreed to share his real world performance secrets with us to help us improve the presentation of our craft.” – Eric DeCamps
What will he teach?
Homemade card gimmicks
The watch steal
The rope routine
Table tops and table covers – making and designing your own
How to pick up local work
Who is he?
Michael Finney is a multi-award winning comedy magician with more than 35 years in the business.
After spending part of his early career as a close-up magician and a children’s performer at a theme park, Finney decided to concentrate strictly on comedy magic and has since performed around the world – including at the 2004 Inaugural Gala for President George W. Bush, and London’s famed Palladium Theater.
He was a comedy finalist on Star Search, hosted by Ed McMahon, and was a regular performer on NBC’s World’s Greatest Magicians and World’s Wildest Magic Shows.
Michael received the Silver Lion’s Head award from Seigfried and Roy for excellence in comedy and magic performance. Soon after, he was awarded Comedy Magician of the Year and Parlor Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts, The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, voted one of the top 10 comedy magicians in the world by his peers in 2008. In 2009, Michael received the world comedy magic act of the year presented to him by Gay Blackstone.
Finney is one of only a few magicians with their own foundation, The Michael Finney Foundation. His charities are associated with the Gift of Life, a Rotarian group that provides operations for children with heart defects, and The Wounded Warrior programs: Operation One Voice and Hope for the Warriors. His foundation is nearing 1,000,000.00 donated to the charities as of Jan of 2015.