Mike Bent began his career in magic at age 6, when he checked out his first magic book from the library. That book started him on the path to a lifetime love of learning, creativity and performance that literally changed his life.
He started performing when he was 15 years old. By the time Mike graduated from Emerson College, where he studied children's writing with Jack Gantos (Rotten Ralph, Joey Pigza), he was performing his original magic and comedy routine at clubs and colleges throughout the country. This led to a performance at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, and numerous television appearances on HBO, Showtime, ABC, NBC, CBS, Comedy Central and A&E.
Mike has been teaching professional comedy writing at Emerson College for more than 18 years. It’s not unusual to watch a comedy show on television and see one of Mike’s former students listed in the credits.
In 1992, Mike’s life changed again when he became a dad, and he dedicated himself to providing quality children’s entertainment. Voted “Best of Boston,” he quickly became established as one of the top kids’ show performers in the United States. His books, products and lectures have become the standard for the industry. As MAGIC magazine wrote, “Mike Bent really understands children’s comedy.” M.U.M Magazine (the official publication for the Society of American magicians) said, “There is no one in the universe that creates magic routines and comedy sight gags as novel and astonishing as Mike does. Throughout the hilarity, the magic he performs is strong: he doesn’t let the gags get in the way of the mystery.”
In 2003 Mike wrote and performed the National Fire Prevention Association’s Get Out, Stay Out! education campaign seen by over two million children throughout the United States. He was also an advisor and contributor to the popular book Magic for Dummies. In 2009 Adams Media published Mike's first solo book The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing.
In 2005, 2006 and 2009, Mike was invited to perform alongside pop star Fergie, animal expert Jack Hanna and the Disney Channel's Aly & A.J at the White House for the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll, where he entertained the 30,000+ guests! The official program called Mike “one of the most creative and imaginative people in magic.”
As a performer, teacher and dad, Mike knows how to use comedy and magic to entertain, educate and motivate children.
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- 5Frank Garcia — PrincipalL.C. Smith ElementaryRaised:$17,703.50
- 5Mary Jo Torres — PTA Secretary
Our students loved the Character Counts Magic Show! The show was extremely entertaining while providing important educational concepts that were tremendously useful to the students.
The students learned the importance of being responsible through magic. The Big Event Magic Show was excellent and I recommend it highly!Fannin ElementaryRaised:$14,396.00
- Adan Ramirez — Assistant Principal5Pearson ElementaryRaised:$10,350.00
- 5Eleticia Nava — Principal
Our students enjoyed the magic show and were engaged throughout the presentation. The magician was very entertaining and the message of 'Reading' was definitely communicated to our students.
The ‘magic show incentive' motivated our students to sell more items! I strongly recommend it as a successful fundraiser!Whitney ElementaryRaised:$13,355.00
- 5Kim Davis — PTA President
I believe the magic show has been the best prize program we have ever offered our students! We liked it so much we actually booked Cody for 5 additional educational magic shows!
I definitely would recommend the package to everyone I know. I believe we exceeded our fundraising goals because of the show. The shows are not only educational but highly entertaining as well!Webb ElementaryRaised:$43,603.00
- Maureen Stevens — PTA Fundraiser Chairman5Welder ElementaryRaised:$21,480.50
- 5Tracie Pohlmeyer — Assistant Principal
The magic show was a great motivational tool for our students. Our students talked for weeks about the magic show! The magician really knew how to connect with our students. I especially liked how he emphasized the various character traits like trustworthiness and respect using magic. I know that our students would love to have him back again next year!Tenie Holmes ElementaryRaised:$13,672.00
- 5Sylvia Vasquez — Reading InstructorNoonan ElementaryRaised:$26,618.00
- 5Elena Rodriguez — ChairpersonJohn F. Kennedy ElementaryRaised:$28,091.00
- 5Ms. Judith Rosas — PTO PresidentDon Jose Gallego Elementary