When Derek was 8 years old, his mom told him an amazing story – she was electrocuted while she was pregnant with him. Against medical advice, she carried him to term, and he was born alive and healthy – a feat which, the doctor’s said, was a miracle. That knowledge washed over Derek’s young mind and at 8 years old, changed the way he saw the world forever with the profound realization that life…is a gift.
Ever since that day Derek has pursued life with passion and abandon as he sought to make the most out of this gift and his dreams. His pursuits and accomplishments have all been to try and do the most he can with what he has been given and to encourage others to do the same.
Derek Selinger is a master magician, performing on stage and screen, including most recently on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us”. A winner of six international awards, including the People’s Choice Award from the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Derek has wowed audiences all over the world. He has entertained millions on major television networks including the C.W. Network, Discovery network, Fox News, CTV and Global, and has performed on some of the world’s most beautiful stages from New York City and Las Vegas to Malaysia and Paris. He is a multifaceted storyteller, performing for corporate audiences, speaking to youth, and even writing theatrical productions from the ground up. Through 20 plus years of experience in the entertainment industry, Derek’s skills have been finely honed, and he has the unique ability to perform everything from large-scale illusions and epic routines to more intimate close-up and pure sleight of hand.
Derek has a well-rounded roster of achievements: He also runs a boutique film and production company, and as an accomplished filmmaker has helped organizations communicate their brand message to the world. His films have screened at festivals across North America and have won several accolades including Best Music Video. His live performances often feature some of his video work as live moments are intertwined with his film creations. He was also the head basketball coach at a small college, winning two conference championships, and is currently writing his first book. Through it all, Derek has learned what it takes to capture attention, communicate through entertainment and persevere through trial. He has learned, and is excited to share, his wisdom and secrets through the art of wonder and dreaming.
Derek utilizes all of this experience as a corporate speaker, and communicates to audiences about dreams, risk and perseverance. Being a master story-teller, he has been praised as insightful and engaging, and has a unique ability in being able to not only wildly entertain his audiences but also inspire them to embrace life and to live brighter. Audiences are always left with the knowledge that their life is a gift and that they, themselves are valuable. It has been said about Derek, “Derek does not just perform magic, he IS magic” …and his optimism, zeal for life, and extreme skill leaves audiences energized, inspired and truly amazed.
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