That’s right.  Back in 2010, I entered my first pageant.  Well, the reality is I walked in the door of the Miss Collierville 2010 pageant at the Harrell Theater in Collierville, Tennessee.

Miss Teen Collierville 2010 – Elizabeth Murphree and Miss Collierville 2010 – Anna Hummerickhouse

You see, just a few weeks earlier I received an email from the pageant director Ed Coleman to see if I could add a little magic to that year’s festivities.  I’m not sure where Ed got the idea of doing a magical number or two, but after some brief discussions, he brought the current Miss Collierville Anna Hummerickhouse and Miss Teen Collierville Elizabeth Murphree to meet me.  I had determined that it would be great if we could make one of the ladies magically appear and the other would get to become discombobulated. That is she would get divided-in-two.  So, thus began my journey of working with pageant winners.

Pageant Coverage from the January 24, 2010 Edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal
Magician Michael Clayton causes Miss Collierville Anna Hummerickhouse to appear from within a glass box, assisted by Elizabeth Murphree.
Michael Clayton divides Elizabeth Murphree in-two at the Miss Collierville 2010 Pageant.

Traveling to Mississippi, I was able to engage the assistance of France Beard, Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen 2011 for a program I did with my good friend and fellow magician Jimmy Dixon. This program was for the annual awards banquet of the Ridgeland Mississippi Chamber.

Magician Michael Clayton causes France Beard to appear during a Chamber Event Ridgeland Mississippi
Magician Michael Clayton causes France Beard to appear during a Chamber Event Ridgeland Mississippi
Christine Williamson, Miss Memphis 2016, and Miss Tennessee 2018

While trying to raise money to support the Memphis Ashlar Hall restoration project, I became involved in the non-profit fundraiser. In the process, the reigning Miss Memphis Christine Williamson and her sister the reigning Miss Banana Pudding Festival Crystal Williamson assisted me along with Kellye Cash. Kellye is the former Miss America, 1987.

Christine Williamson twists Magician Michael Clayton
Christine Williamson takes revenge on Magician Michael Clayton

Chrystal Williamson, Miss Banana Pudding Festival 2012, Miss Teen Collierville 2015

Modern Art Illusion with Chrystal Williamson

Kellye Cash – Miss America 1987

Callie Compton – Miss Memphis 2017 & Miss Hatchie 2019

Miranda Colegrove – Miss Henderson County 2019

Mrs. Tennessee 2019 Paige Botts