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Posted by: In: Promotional 03 May 2016 Comments: 0

College magician Brian Miller on stage at University of Maine Fort Kent April 22 2016
 
Fiddlehead Focus review of college magician Brian Miller at University of Maine Fort Kent

Fiddlehead Focus came out to Brian’s show at the University of Maine Fort Kent on April 22nd, the evening before Brian headed off to Europe to spend a week entertaining the American troops and their families.
 

Article Highlights:

“Making use of volunteers from the audience, Miller performed confounding illusions and had people laughing in the aisles with his jokes.”
 
“Easily going with the flow of the crowd, Miller seemed to have as much fun performing as those who attended the performance.”
 
“More than 130 people attended the show, which helped raise money for a local food pantry and a pregnancy care center.”
 
Read the full article here in PDF format.

Back in the fall of 2015 I was invited to speak to the employees of a company called Trivago, at their international headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany. I had never heard of the company before, but gladly accepted the invitation.

A couple of months later I couldn’t get away from Trivago. Their commercials hit American television like a storm, and #trivagoguy became a popular hashtag on Twitter for his unusual look.

I become increasingly excited for the opportunity to speak with the employees of what seemed like a very cool company.

Less than two weeks before my trip, the Brussels airport was hit by a terrorist attack. The Dusseldorf airport is only 120 miles from Brussels, just across the border in Germany. The US Government issues a Europe-wide travel alert, and I considered postponing the trip, but ultimately decided to move forward.

I arrived in Dusseldorf, checked in to the hotel, and found a wonderful little bakery for coffee and a pastry.

German Breakfast

 

That afternoon I enjoyed a walk around the major shopping district in Dusseldorf. I was fascinated by the architecture.

Dusseldorf Architecture
The next day I was given a tour of the Trivago offices by my host Anna, the organizer of the Academies program which brings in speakers like me. The Academies are a unique program at Trivago, optional and free to all employees, designed to offer broader perspectives on life. Their events range in topics from music to travel to, of course, magic.

I was immediately taken by the positive energy in the workplace. Anna informed me that the average age of a Trivago employee is 28. The offices are clearly designed to encourage collaboration and creativity. They have think tank rooms for impromptu meetings, and ‘offices’ are mobile – employees can work from wherever they choose, and with whomever they choose.

We settled into the room for my speech and I set up a few props. The crew was very kind and helpful and getting me everything I would need. I was also struggling due to jet lag and a mild sinus issue, and they were happy to get me hot tea from the kitchens on a different floor.

Corporate Speaker Brian Miller Pre Speech TrivagoPeople started coming in and completely filled the room. I was surprised to see a handful of children brought along by their parents. Anna later informed me that it was the first time she had ever seen children at an Academies event. I introduced myself to the parents and explained that it wasn’t a proper magic show, which they knew. Still, I offered to show some quick tricks just for the kids before we started, and they were absolutely delighted. It was a really enjoyable moment.

The speech itself went incredibly well. I delivered a 90 minute interactive presentation, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session. The audience was so enthusiastic that if did not arbitrarily cut it off after 2 hours it would have just kept on going. In fact, a handful stayed around to chat for another 20 minutes while I packed up. Here are some highlights:

Overall I had a magnificent time with the employees at Trivago, and I look forward to returning to Germany when I have more than just two nights to spare. It was a beautiful country that deserves weeks of exploring, I’m sure.

Best,

Brian

Brian Miller Navy Tour 2016 Promo
 
I’m so excited to announce that I have been invited to spend 10 days in Europe entertaining the sailors, soldiers, and their families on a handful of Naval Bases. It’s been a dream of mine to perform for the troops ever since I learned about the possibility back in college. These families do so much for us, it’s simply an honor to bring some magic and laughter to them.
 
I also look forward to speaking with and learning about the perspectives of the sailors, soldiers and their families stationed on base. Every time I meet new people with experiences drastically different from my own, it is a chance to expand my own worldview. I am always searching for new perspectives to incorporate into the presentations I give as a keynote speaker at corporate events, and motivational speaker at high schools and colleges.
 
For a full press release, click the link below.

Brian Miller US Navy Tour 2016