In this episode of The Pursuit Of... Podcast, Ryan and Mark sit down with Ben Whiting to discuss entertainment and communication. Ben is a Speaker, Entertainer, and Consultant. He has been seen and heard sharing magic and mind reading around the world from street performances to TEDx.
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Ben Whiting is a multi-talented individual with a diverse background in theatre, magic, entrepreneurship, and leadership development. He co-founded MagicMouth Theatre, combining magic and theatre to educate communities. Ben graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in Theatre and received the Kauffman Foundation’s fellowship in Entrepreneurship. He also won Wake Forest University’s Excellence in Entrepreneurship award.
Ben attended the School at Steppenwolf acting conservatory in Chicago and worked as an actor and magician while continuing to contribute to MagicMouth Theatre. He wrote and performed in three award-winning plays, including "Rubber Doves" and "American Gypsy," which received critical acclaim and awards at the New York International Theatre Fringe Festival.
Throughout his career, Ben combined his love for magic and theatre. He performed at conferences, award banquets, and private events for clients like American Express, GE, and Oprah’s HARPO Studios. He became a Crystal Cruise premiere entertainer, performing magic and mind-reading in over 40 countries. Ben was voted Michigan’s Red Hot Best comedic entertainer.
Recognizing his passion for helping audiences, Ben focused on keynote speaking and leadership development. He delivered a TEDx talk and became a senior consultant at a leadership development firm, working with international companies like UNiDAYS and Fortune 50 corporations like Schlumberger.
Today, Ben runs his own consulting firm, using magic and entertainment to teach and inspire corporations, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions worldwide. He resides in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife Erin and their dog Scooter. Ben is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a member of American MENSA, and continues to pursue acting while writing his sixth play—a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
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