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mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

mentalist: speaker and entertainer

Keynote and workshop programs


Confront the Lizard

Handling uncertainty and change
to elevate your leadership

Our success is largely determined by how well our decisions align with our goals and values. However, high levels of uncertainty can cause subconscious shortcuts, impulses and biases to derail us.

In this engaging program, participants are challenged to embrace uncertainty and overcome their counter-productive “lizard brain” influences.

Key Takeaways

- Discover the power of embracing uncertainty and the dangers of not doing so 
- Overcome the unconscious preference for the status quo and loss aversion
- Implement new strategies for handling and moving forward from mistakes

Human Resources / Office Management

Caution! Invisible Mind Blocks at WORK

Defeat the hidden barriers

to creating a great work environment

Creating and maintaining an effective office or work environment requires decision making that aligns with your organization’s goals and reflects its values. This intriguing program explores the natural unconscious tendencies that can subvert a positive and productive workplace.

Key Takeaways
- Improve your personal assessments, including hiring processes and performance evaluations
- Overcome impulsive negativity and suspicion that can prevent a positive workplace
- Discover how to be more productive by understanding the source of “lizard brain” resistance

Read my interview with TalentCulture on confronting the "lizard brain" at work

Motivation / Performance

From A-ha to Ta-da!

Challenge your invisible mental deceptions to achieve

magical results

We each have the potential to be amazing, but often fall short and beat ourselves up in the process.


In this motivational and entertaining program, learn from a former professional magician how to discover your amazing  hidden talents so you can live your values and become the best possible version of you.


Key Takeaways

- Explore your core values and the impulses that hinder values-based decisions
- Discover how to reach your performance potential by overcoming self-deception
- Learn how to use failure as an opportunity for growth rather than self-criticism


The Virtual Mind Reader Show
Captivating and interactive entertainment for discerning audiences

When you want your audience to just have fun, Steve's corporate entertainment programs are a great way to get that done. Steve's mentalism shows offer a uniquely compelling blend of intrigue, comedy and mind magic. From predicting what audience members will do next, influencing their actions, detecting lies and reading their minds, Steve ensures that your attendees will have a blast.

Your guests will love the audience participation factor and universal appeal of Steve's intelligent and clean performance, and they will surely be asking themselves "How did he do that?!" long after the show has ended.

“The audience was fascinated and enjoyed the interactive nature of Steve's presentation. Seeing is believing...WOW!”

    - Steve Burke, Regional Vice-President, Helms-Briscoe

Partial client list

Business Associations

Project Management Institute
Indiana IT Finance Department

Greater Louisville Inc (Chamber of Commerce)

National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security

Ky Health Information Management Association

Association of Independent Welding Distributors

Ky Manufactured Housing Institute

Oracle Application Users Group

International Association of Venue Managers

Hardin County Chamber of Commerce

Bardstown Chamber of Commerce

Greater Louisville Inc (Chamber)

Human Resources and Office Management Associations

International Public Management Association for Human Resources

Association for Talent Development

Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association

Medical Group Management Association

Education Associations

National Association of Federal Program Administrators (NAFEPA)

South Carolina Education and Business Summit

School Counselors Association (Ky)
South Eastern Special Education (Illinois)
Kentucky School Boards Association
Speech Hearing & Language Association

Family Resource and Youth Services Coalition Ky

Other Associations and events

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Norton Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion Conference

Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky

Corporate Clients



Eli Lilly

Touchstone Merchandise Group

Group Travel Family - Select Traveler Conference

Meade County Bank

Ft. Knox Federal Credit Union

FBI - Louisville

Thorpe Interiors



E&I Engineering

Zeon Chemicals

Mac Machine and Metal Works