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Derek Selinger

Story Teller, Illusionist & Conference Speaker

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Derek Selinger is a master magician, performing on stage and screen, including an appearance 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 Selinger has performed from Las Vegas to Malaysia, from New York City to Paris. His extensive entertainment portfolio has made him the entertainer of choice for those seeking to create relevant, distinctive and engaging events.e has entertained millions on major television networks including the C.W. Network, Discovery network, Fox News, CTV and Global.

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.

Topics & Categories
  • Communication
  • Humour & Variety
  • Leadership
  • Performance & Productivity
  • Unique & Interactive
  • Virtual Presentations

Choose Your Experience:

THE GIFT - No Smoke, No Mirrors, Just Magic (60-120 min.)

Pure sleight of hand, mind reading and the essence of the art of magic by a master magician, played out on a grand scale in a feature length theatrical performance+ 

A magic spectacle that you haven’t seen before … Pure sleight of hand, mind reading, and the essence of the art of magic played out on stage with audience participation in a full-length theatrical performance. No spandex, no sequins, just smooth style. Through the aid of technology, screens and state of the art sound and lights, you will be transported into the experience and feel a part of the wonder – up close and personal. Experiencing the art of altered perception through the lens of Derek’s unique talent will not only leave you mystified and entertained, but also inspired and uplifted by the magic itself. --

ENGAGE - A Mind Reading & Illusion Experience that Creates Corporate Audience Connection! (45-60 min.)

Can you name the last corporate event you attended where the entertainment had you on the edge of your seat, fully engaged, eyes wide open in amazement? You don't just need a show ... you need an experience that engages everyone in the room. +

One CEO of a large corporation said after the show, “I got to know people through your show that I had never met before. We’re a large company, this made us feel connected.”

  • Witness the mystifying power of the mind as Derek perceives thoughts and anticipates decisions.

  • Feel the magic of breathtaking illusions …

  • Participate in a powerful multi-sensory experience …

  • Laugh, relax and enjoy a master entertainer who can blend his wonderful sense of humour and quick wit together with your unique group to create one-of-a-kind memories and spark water cooler discussions for the rest of the year!

The signature corporate entertainment of Engage will have audiences spellbound from the moment Derek Selinger steps on the stage until long after the lights go down. Throughout this dynamic and entertaining performance, Derek will engage your audience’s senses, mystify their minds, and delight their eyes. You will be amazed at the unique opportunities this cure-all ice-breaker will create for the rest of your event, making your corporate hospitality second-to-none! --

JAZZ MAGIC (45 - 60 min.) 

Through technology and screens, enjoy an intimate, up close encounter with Derek as he performs close-up magic with audience participation. Up close. Personal. Unplugged. +

Magic is like seeing your favourite musician or artist in a small venue, unplugged. Perfect for smaller audiences, Derek engages the audience with his wit, charm and ability to perform miracles right beneath your nose. Aided by a large screen and camera, you will bear witness to feats that few have seen and even fewer can perform.
Jazz Magic is available for select audiences. Contact Derek to see if Jazz Magic is appropriate for your event!amazement? --

Derek Selinger's Speaking Presentations:

Compelling Communication: The Art of Being Heard +


That’s how many marketing messages experts say each of us receive every day. On top of that, a host of other voices are constantly trying to get our attention. Our partners, kids, friends, associations, bosses, clients, colleagues, governments…and the list goes on. If there are so many voices vying for our attention, logic says the same is true for those you are trying to speak to.

It’s a noisy world, and it’s difficult to be heard.

Is it possible to increase your chances of being heard amidst the noise?

Absolutely yes!

Join master communicator Derek Selinger for an inspiring look at how some simple, small changes to how you communicate can make you exponentially more effective.

Derek is an award-winning entertainer and filmmaker, and his work has equipped him with a tried and true perspective that will forever change the way that you approach communication.

Derek will entertain you, he will inspire you, and he will share practical ideas that can be implemented immediately.

“If you want to be more successful, more connected, and more fulfilled, there is no other skill that will have a bigger impact on your life than by improving your ability to communicate, thus improving your chances of being heard.” ~Derek Selinger

It’s a noisy world, and you have something to say. Transform your relationships, business life, and impact on this world with “Compelling Communication – The Art of Being Heard.” --

The Spotlight Mentality: Position and Perception Create Peak Performance +

Corporate culture has invested billions in becoming more efficient and streamlined. It divvies up any extra profit to lure and keep top talent, while fighting the good fight against low employee engagement, a tough economy, and a steady stream of technological changes.

So, what matters to the people actually doing YOUR business right now? What kinds of ideas will spark their enthusiasm for their work in such a way that it burns brightly enough to increase their current performance and engagement, AND can also grow into an all-consuming passion they can nurture over the lifetime of their careers?

Fortune Magazine’s “Best 100 Companies to Work For” article shows over-and-over again how companies lose talent, engagement and ground, when they that allow their employees to feel as replaceable as parts in a machine that can simply be unscrewed and swapped out whenever the notion strikes senior management.

This pattern of thought, which Derek Selinger calls the “assembly line mentality”, is as archaic as the industrial revolution, yet it is still pervasive in corporate culture today!

Derek exposes how ineffective the assembly line mentality has become and establishes that every single person in your organization has an opportunity – and an obligation – to shine in the workplace. He does this by teaching his audience “The Spotlight Mentality”: how to use position and perception to create their very own peak performance in work and in life.

The magic happens as this idea of being in the spotlight every time they work the magic you hired them to perform captures the imagination of each member of your team, taking hold to drive them on to be better participants in their work, their community and their lives… because as they engage their talent and passions, they unlock their potential of achieving better results than ever before! --

Derek Selinger is represented by K&M Productions. For more information & booking Derek Selinger, contact us

What Clients are Saying

As you well know, we are in the broadcast business and our staff can be tough critics as we seem to think we know the “in’s and out’s” of show business. I’m happy to say that your performance wowed even our toughest critics! Derek will have your crowd repeating to themselves over and over “how did he do that?

–CTV Television Inc.


As you well know, we are in the broadcast business and our staff can be tough critics as we seem to think we know the “in’s and out’s” of show business. I’m happy to say that your performance wowed even our toughest critics! Derek will have your crowd repeating to themselves over and over “how did he do that?

–CTV Television Inc.

I happily recommend Derek’s performance to any corporation or group that wishes to experience a first class magical evening of entertainment – up close and personal. The entertainment by Derek Selinger was a definite success.

–The Calgary Airport Authority

The willingness and ability of Derek to be our event host as well as entertainer made the event go much more smoothly. Derek’s professionalism throughout was perfect. He was accommodating and respectful, and of course, Derek’s illusions were superb—people were talking about it for days later and saying it was the best evening’s entertainment this annual conference has ever had.

–CAPB – Canadian Association of Police Boards

As conference organizers, we were thrilled that your presentation was so much more than a magic show.

–Calgary Board of Education

The show was absolutely fabulous and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. The raves are still coming in.


The show was fast-paced, delightful, mesmerizing and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Vegas caliber

–The Hudson Bay Company

When you captivate an audience of 600 people for an hour and a half, you know you have done well. Most importantly, we appreciated how you tailored your presentation to our business and made connections between what you do and what we do. The short manager session following the keynote presentation was most appreciated. My senior team of leaders felt privileged to be able to meet you after the show.

–Friesens Corporation


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