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Press profiles the remarkable Michael Keating in its most recent
Mr. Keating is
quick to identify himself as a magician; but his talents range far beyond our
illusions for and been an onstage aide to magician David Copperfield.
He’s acted in
and created for music videos and movies. He’s worked at Disney World, on the
Grammys and as a consultant for a park in
Mr. Keating has located in the beautiful Pigeon Forge area and formed two
groups whose first meetings are coming up this week. Actors Helping Actors is a
support group Keating envisions as a way to bring together professional and
would-be performers. He also has established a business networking group that
will bring together business people to work on projects and problem-solving.
Mr. Keating created sets and illusions for local shows, but all the while he
was a world traveler, connected to shows that performed in many countries. He’s
on his third passport now – the first two were so marked up with stamps he had
to get a new one.
For six years he was a production and onstage assistant to magician David
"I was his right-hand guy," Keating said. "I was with David on
the road doing his shows. I was illusion manager of the show, the
pyrotechnician and special effects guy."
He moved around a lot as a child. His interest in performing began in junior
high when he tried out for and performed in plays and musicals.
"Then I found out there were billions of actors, billions of dancers, but
only a million magicians," he laughed.
He turned his attention to magic. In
as a high school student and later in
right out of high school he was a street performer, perfecting his craft and
developing illusions. Today he owns what he estimates is $300,000 worth of
illusions stored in warehouses all over. That has helped put him in demand as a
consultant on TV programs, movies and music videos. He worked on five David Copperfield
TV specials, including those from the
Great Wall of China
and the Bermuda Triangle.
Check out Mr. Keating’s web site at http://www.themagicofmichaelkeating.com.
Read the full
profile at The Mountain
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