079-“…at least we’ve said our piece”

Join this panel of amazing variety performers on their discussion of experiences with anti-Black racism. 

Who are our panelists?

Ran’D Shine is a performer, producer, and educator of magic. He has entertained audiences in over 27 countries and hundreds of American cities. In 2009, Ran’D premiered his show, “Mysterious Ways”, at the South African Arts Festival with rave reviews. In that same year, he was selected to perform at the Presidential Inauguration “Salute to Heroes” Ball. He was the featured subject in 2015 short film “Three Quarters” by Guggenheim Fellow Kevin Everson. a few of his other accomplishments include performing on the second season of Penn & Teller Fool Us TV show on the CW network and being named the 2016 & 2019 College & Universities Magician of the Year. Ran’D was featured in the 2004 and 2018 documentary on the history of African American magicians: “The Art and Soul of Magic: The Stories of African American Magicians” and “Quiet Masters of Magic”

Internationally renowned and motivationally captivating, Martika and her one-woman stunt show hail from Kansas City, MO. Raised in a military family, Martika grew comfortable constantly moving about the globe from a young age. Learning from the best instructors the world of circus has to offer, this delightfully dangerous daredevil studied circus arts, fire, escapology, and a slew of sideshow skill sets before ever taking a stage. Along her path to being an entertainer, Martika acquired her veterinary technician degree. She no longer works as a parasitologist in a corporate laboratory. She is the Midwest’s only Motivational One Woman Stunt Show since 2010. Entertaining with innovative stunts such as barbed wire hula hooping and traditional sideshow stunts like sword-swallowing. All the while incorporating informative uplifting messages in her shows. Martika’s main message? No matter how terrifying a goal may be, it is achievable. Martika is the owner of KC Entertainment Services, LLC. She has been featured on numerous news outlets such as Lawrence Business Magazine, The Pitch, KCUR, FOX4 KC, and the top international wellness corporation, Wanderlust. She has adapted all her shows and workshops to fit a virtual audience in 2020 to keep her audiences safe and make her performances more accessible than ever.

Paris, given the nickname “The Hip Hop Juggler” by Al Roker himself, has been dazzling audiences with his brand of juggling for over a decade. In addition to bringing his talents to The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Sesame Street, and The White House, Paris has also gained critical acclaim for his juggling instruction, teaching at hundreds of conventions, corporations, and training world-famous illusionist David Blaine for his “Electrified” stunt that was performed live in New York City.

The Magic Motivator to the business community and The Magic Comic to the entertainment community Jamahl Keyes is the Founder of The Entertainers Edge® and one of the most sought-after marketing and sales advisors to the small business and entertainment world. Jamahl Keyes has taught his Entertainers Edge marketing and sales systems to hundreds of small business owners, musicians, and entertainers around the world. For over 10 consecutive years, Jamahl spoke on his SUCCESS SYSTEMS Tour, earning on average $2,500 per speech, and sharing the stage with The Late Great Legendary Comedienne Joan Rivers, Season 1 The Apprentice Winner Bill Rancic, Secret Millionaire Speaker James Malinchak, Super Bowl Champ and Hall Of Famer Jerome Bettis and hundreds of Chamber of Commerce. Keyes has delivered over 1,500 paid speeches and seminars to entrepreneurs small business owners, speakers, and entertainers. Keyes has authored 3 books, including “101 Ways To Market And Advertise You”, “Can’t Quit It Until You Get It”, and “Marketing Magic”. Keyes has been interviewed or featured in 90 different business magazines or trade journals, podcasts, and TV and radio shows.

Lion Fludd will bring the house down with his unique and innovative magic tricks. He has amazed fans in Asia, Europe, the middle east, and even in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas. His charismatic personality and friendly manner will make it a night and performance to remember!

Rory Rennick a.k.a “The Magistic” is one of the hottest magic entertainers on the comedy and motivational magic landscape. His unique blend of theatrical magic and motivational insight is guaranteed to AMAZE, AMUSE, and INSPIRE audiences of all ages! A person once described Rory’s show style as, ”Eddie Murphy meets David Blaine, with a little Mind Freak to boot!”. From the silly to the sophisticated, Rory aptly weaves sleight-of-hand with sleight-of-mind magic laced with interactive comedy. With his passion to help change lives for the better, Rory utilizes his background in the psychological and social sciences, history, storytelling, visual, and musical arts to present entertainment that you and your guest won’t soon forget!

Show Links

Ran’D Shine

Social: @Ran_Magic

The Martika Show

Social: @themartikashow

Paris the Hip Hop Juggler

Social: @hiphopjuggler

Rory Rennick

Social: @roryrennick

Lion Fludd: @lionfludd

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