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Tom Coverly

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Illusionist, comedian and motivational speaker best-known for his anti-bullying talks based on his own experience

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Keynote speaker Tom Coverly, also known as “The Illusionist”, is a professional comedian and motivational entertainer. He has performed for millions around the world and is a sought-after speaker for schools for his anti-bullying talks but has also had great success in the corporate world.

As a kid, Tom was smaller than his classmates, and he quickly became a victim to bullying. He grew up in rough neighborhood, and he ended up going down the wrong path of stealing, fighting and drinking. He felt the consequences of his life until a caring person spoke truths into his life.

Today, speaker Tom Coverly has found purpose in his life. Tom keeps his keynotes real, honest and raw. With an added effect of comedy and illusion, they never fail to entertain while sending a true message and breaking down even the toughest heart. Tom Coverly’s “Destroy Illusions Tour” has become one of the most requested school assemblies in America. While being a popular speaker for schools, Tom has also had big success within the corporate world and past clients include Warner Brothers, Arby’s and Burger King.

Tom tackles important issues that you can’t afford to avoid. Bullying in school and at work can do serious damage to the culture and individual. Tom Coverly breaks down the illusions we tell ourselves everyday while engaging and connecting with the audience like few can do.

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    Destroying Illusions in the Workplace

    • In this talk, Tom entertains with a purpose.
    • Tom begins this talk with a couple of funny mind-blowing illusions involving tons of audience participation and then transitions into a powerful motivational talk.
    • Tom’s audience will want to become better employees, leaders and team players.
    • Tom will not only destroy the illusions and lies we typically believe about our jobs but he will remind them about truth and reality in a brand new fresh way.

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    Inspiring Story

    • In this keynote, speaker Tom Coverly shares his inspiring story of being born in one of the roughest cities in America, Camden, New Jersey. Tom’s personal story includes his past choices to fight, steal, suicide attempts, destructive behavior, drinking and the consequences of each of his actions.
    • His story will motivate your audience to use their past experiences and make something of themselves. We are not defined by our past or mistakes, but rather  defined by the legacy we leave.
    • In a million years, Tom could not have imaged using his story to inspire millions around the world. Get your audience ready to be inspired to be world changers.

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    What’s In Your Hand

    • In this keynote, Tom reflects on his story about becoming an entrepreneur. It was not until Tom realized what his gifts, talents and loves were, that he began to do what he is currently doing.
    • Ten years ago, Tom held out his hands, realized what his gifts were and began to seek his truth. Within his first year, he was booked in 38 states around America speaking and performing.
    • Tom uses comedy, illusions and personal stories to challenge your audience like never before to be anything they aspire to be.

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    • In this powerful talk, Tom uses a lot of humor, illusions and personal stories to engage your audience to see anything is possible with the right perspective.
    • Tom will reveal a couple of illusions to the entire audience; giving them a perspective that only they can see, while the volunteer onstage experiences something different.
    • A fun and interactive keynote where your audience will learn the importance of perspective.

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    Don’t Blink

    • In this keynote, Tom powerfully presents the shortness of life.
    • Tom utilizes comedy and illusions to help drive this point home, while he shares powerful stories about how we can impact others around us.  
    • This talk is a powerful way of building unity among those we work with and the clients we serve. Get ready to motivate your employees to be a greater version of themselves!

Interview with Tom Coverly

How did you begin your speaking career?

Over a decade ago, I asked a friend to think of an out of the box idea that I could do to reach people on a broad scale. He came up with the idea of mixing my public speaking with my hobby of making people laugh and entertaining with magic tricks. I told him it was a crazy idea and I came up with a million excuses to why it would not work. He encouraged me to create a website and to start with my connections of a handful of friends around the country. To give credit where credit is due, I strongly believe God open up the doors for me to speak/perform in 38 states the very first year. Ten years later, I have spoken to nearly 3 million people.

What do you feel is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge is on the performance side of what I do. I have performed on gym floors to America’s biggest stages. I have learned to be flexible and that though there are certain expectations I have to create a professional show or event, that I am there to ultimately serve the client. I have learned early on to be a servant from the moment I walk into the door, to the time I leave.

What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years?

One of the goals I have is to write a book on the biography of my life.

Who and what inspires you the most?

On the magician side of things, a magician by the name of Michael Finney. On the speaker side, a man by the name of Bob Lenz inspires me. These two men have taught me so much by their lives on and off stage.

How are your keynotes unique?

Most people are visual learners and love to laugh. My comedy and magic is a huge part of my presentations. I have learned from the moment you walk on stage, people have you evaluated within the first 10 second whether or not they will listen to you. Starting off my show with audience participation, laughter and a magic trick or two that entertains has certainly set me a part from thousands of other speakers. Most importantly, I speak from the heart and choose to be raw, real & transparent and have noticed that people love authenticity.

Do you have a favorite experience from your speaking career?

My favorite performance experience would be Warner Brothers hiring me to entertain the entire cast of the Batman vs Superman Movie. My favorite speaking experience would have to be one that was in the midst of a communities heartache and pain. It is not my favorite because of their pain, but because of the results of the hope that I had the privilege to share with this hurting community. This small town experience 6 suicides in less than 6 months, including a father who shot himself with the same gun his teenage son shot himself with just two weeks prior.

I will never forget this older couple who hugged and sobbed on my arm after my presentation and after composing themselves, began to thank me for coming to share a message of hope and sharing my comedy and illusion show and allowing their community to heal through laughter. This couple was the mother and father that lost their son and grandson within two weeks of each other. A memory of thankfulness, I will never forget.

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