About Michael

About Michael

Hello, I’m Michael Gershe. I was born in New York and at the ripe age of 5, moved to sunny Miami, FL where I grew up. Along with my brother Jeff, I was a competitive swimmer, which no one expected since nearly all my bones were broken in the drunk driving crash. I was bitten by the entertainment bug after my grandfather took me to the magic store and soon I was performing magic in front of family members and a lot of kids turning 6 in South Florida.

Being blessed with a sense of humor, I was more of a “comedian magician” influenced by Abbott and Costello, Harry Anderson, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld. I eventually left the magic behind and started to perform stand-up comedy, while in graduate school, even working with Harry Anderson in Cleveland a few years later. Combining comedy with my presentations is a great way to not only bond with the audience, but also so they know it will be a much different program than they expected.

I attended Ashland University in Ohio on a swimming scholarship where I earned a Communications/Radio TV degree. Being a campus leader in many student organizations led me to pursue my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron where I served as the Leadership Adviser. I have worked in Higher Education my entire adult life and know first- hand the trials, tribulations and success of students. I am also the Senior Adviser for the College of Applied Engineering at Kent State University.

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to attend The Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, be a judge for the Miss Southeast Ohio and Miss Ohio pageants and become an author for the Grief Diary series, contributing to “Through the Eyes of Men” and “Hit by Impaired Driver.” My role models include Tigger, Spider-man, James Bond and the rock band KISS whom I’ve seen over 50 times.

In 2015, I founded The Magic of Life Foundation which will assist in my mission in making our communities safer, helping children impacted by impaired driving and reward students who are making the right choices in life.

I strive to be a son my mother would be proud of and by sharing my extraordinary life, I am able to inspire others to understand just how precious our lives are along with making our communities safer. I’ve been fortunate to share my story with so many audiences which include keynoting conferences, professional associations, schools, colleges, military bases and courts.

Thank you for dedicating your time in learning more about me and I look forward to bringing my story to you soon!



Michael has presented his programs at over 300 schools, colleges and military bases in his 20 year career so far. Here are just some of his past audiences:

  • United States Air Force
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Coast Guard
  • The Association of Fraternity Advisers
  • Stow Municipal Court
  • Georgia Governor’s Teen Driving Safety Conference
  • University of Miami
  • Kent State University
  • Miami University
  • University of Nebraska
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Missouri State University
  • University of Alabama
  • Marshall University
  • Westlake High School
  • Stow High School
  • Northlake High School
  • Field High School
  • Midview High School
  • Congregation B’nai Israel
  • Woodridge High School
  • Cuyahoga Falls High School

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I want to personally thank you for your outstanding speaking engagements September 10-12th, 2014. Your efforts to enhance cultural resiliency was enjoyed by over 300 Airmen and their families. I’d also like to thank you for your commitment and attention to detail to help ensure a positive environment to build life skills and competencies for our Airmen. I am grateful for people like you who step forward and bolster my belief that “Only the Best Come North. 

Jeffrey D. Neischel, Colonel, USAF March 7, 2017