For over 30 years, Michael Clayton has been putting smiles on the faces of both young and old with his unique style of magic and illusion. From small in-the-hand up-close magic to large-scale stage Illusions Michael has entertained at everything from private parties to Libraries, Schools and Community Organizations. He has performed several fundraising programs to support a variety of efforts. His dinner and show fundraisers have featured some very significant guest stars, including 1989 Miss America Kellye Cash.
So, what drives this desire to entertain? Maybe it starts with the fact that Michael likes entertainment and being entertained. One of his most vivid memories as a child was that each year the elementary school, where he attended always had a magician. “It cost us .25 cents at the time, and we got to see Louie Lourachie, who later became known as Cowboy Louie.” Louie went on to become the official Magician for Country Singer Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in Waverly, TN.
“Back in those days, we could have entertainers come to school, just for entertainment. Now, you pretty much have to have an educational program to be invited to perform for a school. Regardless, I’ve never forgotten that experience as a child, and each time I perform for a school program, I want my audience to have that same experience. I’m aware that this may be the first and only experience that these children have to see safe, wholesome, family entertainment. One of the primary reasons I became an entertainer was for the smiles. So, my goal is to put a smile on the faces of the children I meet. To give them a few minutes to stop everything else, forget about other worries and imagine the impossible.”
With each presentation, magic provides a unique medium to involve and interact with the audience. In one routine, you can sit back and watch, and in another, you can help by screaming out a magic word. Michael does his best to get the children involved and in many routines, uses volunteers from the audience. He’s even been known to saw the Principal in two, or three.
There are few entertainers including those in the magic field that can engage and carry an audience for a lengthy period, but this is not a problem for Michael having entertained thousands of children and adults with his classical style of Illusion.
Passion, Practice and Perseverance
Follow your Passion. Someone said, “Do what you love and if you can’t do that, then Love what you do.”
Michael Clayton is a Master Magician with talents ranging from world class closeup to grand illusion.
At the age of 13, he won his school talent show, and by the time he graduated from High School he had appeared on the local Magic Land Television program with its host Dick Williams.
He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and at the age of 19 won the annual Magic Competition for his mastery of the classic Linking Rings.
He’s appeared with television stars Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop to raise funds to support literacy. He‘s been assisted on stage by Memphis‘ own Jerry `The King‘ Lawler and former Memphis and Shelby County Mayor A.C. Wharton.
In 2011, Michael was selected as the official magical spokesperson for Ready Shelby to help teach Emergency Preparedness through the visual art of magic. Part of this assignment included performing with the Memphis Grizzlies Girls at the FedEx Forum for over 5,000 Memphis School children.
Also, in the Fall of 2011, Michael Clayton was selected as a featured artist for Spoon Magazine, a local dining and art publication.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and worked as a corporate instructor for several years utilizing his magic to gain attention and teach object lessons.
Specializing in the classics of magic, Michael Clayton brings a fresh approach to the art of magic by adding humor, contemporary music, and theatrics. In addition, to various corporate and private engagements, Michael currently features a Family Night Fundraising show, that helps nonprofits and schools raise money for their causes.