Scenes from Craig’s third appearance
for Publix Super Markets -- the largest
and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States
These days Craig Karges spends the majority of his time making appearances for corporate and association audiences. There are just so many possibilities! Companies and associations can utilize the extraordinist as featured entertainment or as a keynote speaker. A meeting can include Karges2 where the extraordinist presents his entertainment program and follows it with his hands-on, interactive session Ignite Your Intuition (based on his best-selling book). One program creates a natural hype for the other and the client gets two fantastic sessions but only has one set of travel expenses to pay and receives a steeply reduced rate on the second program. Craig’s ability to blend entertainment, message and motivation into one presentation is a key to his success. He can also combine aspects of his motivational entertainment program, “Experience the Extraordinary” with his interactive keynote presentation, “Ignite Your Intuition,” to create a one-of-a-kind general session. But, as always, don’t take our word for it! Just take a moment to read over the references that have come in so far this year from an assortment of clients who used Craig’s talents in a myriad of ways.
“As our keynote speaker you set a tremendously positive tone for the rest of our conference. To say you were well received would be an understatement. To say you blew them away would be more accurate. I have received much positive feedback and I am beginning to realize that the bar has been set so high now we may not be able to reach it at future conferences. I think many attended your presentation thinking they were going to be entertained. Entertained they were but it was entertainment with a message delivered in a fascinating way. You brought our group together and reached out to individuals that would normally not become involved. Your easy welcoming style drew everyone in and set the stage for a conference with endless possibilities. By tailoring your remarks to the specifics of the solid waste industry and the issues that attendees confront every day you personalized the experience for everyone in attendance. Choosing you as our keynote speaker was maybe the best decision we made in planning our conference.”
Carol Ann Throckmorton, Co-Chair & Chief Recycling Market Development & Planning, West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board
“I just wanted to let you know that your ‘show’ on Thursday night for the Maryland Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors dinner party was exceptional, and without a doubt the most entertaining and inspirational 60 minutes I believe I’ve experienced. Yesterday I had several meetings and throughout the day your message in closing rang out... ‘We’re only limited by our imagination.’”
Chris Bitzel, Operations Manager, The George J. Falter Company
“Thank you again so much for being a part of our Publix meeting. The response to your act was tremendous. It was so unbelievably entertaining. Everyone was still buzzing the next day!”
Marisa Cadorin, Under the Radar Productions for Publix Super Markets
“I want to applaud you for your outstanding stage presence at our Summit. I loved the gasps and laughs that you brought out of our group and the conversation of ‘how did he know that’ from everyone trying to solve the mystery; outstanding, fun and a great way to energize our audience. I would personally recommend you to another senior executive audience and hope to hire you for a future SIG Summit.”
Dawn Tiura Evans, President & CEO, Sourcing Interests Group
“Thank you for a flawless presentation of ‘Ignite Your Intuition.’ It was important for our organization to provide motivation as well as entertainment and your presentation exceeded our expectations. You were a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend you to any organization that is looking for a thoroughly entertaining, worry-free, and engaging speaker.”
Cheryl Lunsford, Administrative Assistant, Schools Insurance Program for Employees
“Craig’s performance appealed to all convention attendees; franchisees, Cottman Corporate headquarters staff members and vendors alike. His extraordinary talent of using illusion, psychology and intuition to produce amazing acts was unquestionably remarkable and helped capture and retain the attention of our franchisees from start to finish. His performance even helped to tremendously improve the moods of tired attendees who had been in meetings all day. Everyone who witnessed Craig’s performance continues to rave about his abilities. I would highly recommend Craig Karges for any event that would require professional, entertaining, show-stopping and memorable aspects. You will truly not be disappointed.”
Randall L. Wright, President, Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care
Scenes from Craig’s show at
Sacramento State University
“Amazing and very entertaining! Craig you engaged the management team from the very beginning, kept them guessing and had them laughing. Your program was ideal for our group and the execution was professional, appropriate and fun! Working with you was a pleasure from being easily accessible, very accommodating to ultimately being incredibly professional in all interactions. We also appreciate you taking the time to understand our business and our group to support our annual theme.”
Diane Morrison, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Ryland Homes
“You were the ideal choice to help us kick off our week of educational sessions and networking. Your show was truly extraordinary, and SCC clients and staff who attended the opening session are still talking about it and will be talking about this event for years to come! Your show was entertaining and educational, and you captivated the audience. You had attendees shaking their heads wondering how you did it and if they could believe their eyes. The techniques you shared on improving memory and enhancing awareness of one’s intuition were fascinating and made us want to learn more. You helped open us to the powers within and ways to achieve our latent abilities by awakening our potential. You helped launch us on a fantastic voyage into the extraordinary power of the mind.”
Donald B. Keller, Vice President, Global Education, SCC Soft Computer
Karges on Campus
Craig Karges began his performing career immediately upon graduating college with a focus on the college and university market here in the United States. In the decades since, he has traveled the world from Singapore to Sardinia and from Cancun to Cairo appearing for corporate gatherings, in casinos and performing arts centers. With nearly 5000 performances in 22 countries on four continents to his credit, he still has a soft spot for the campus market and in any given year you can find the extraordinist making numerous appearances on college campuses.
His February appearance at Penn State University (his fourth at PSU) caused quite a stir on campus. Under the headline: Mentalist entertains full house at HUB staff writer Kelly Gibson reported in The Daily Collegian:
“Despite the unexpected snow Saturday night, renowned ‘Mentalist’ Craig Karges drew a full house to Heritage Hall for his award-winning show sponsored by the Student Programming Association.
“From guessing correct thoughts about ‘kittens in sweaters,’ to thoughts about the Pittsburgh Penguins (‘Go Pens, Flyers suck’), the crowd roared with laughter and shock as Karges continued to accurately guess personal information as well, including a friend’s phone number from Texas.
“Switching pace from mental demonstrations, the crowd grew still and quiet as Karges announced what he was going to do next. The focus turned to a small end table on stage. With palms pressed to the ends of the table on both sides by Karges and the participant, silently, the table began to run around the stage in circles as if they were chasing it, before lifting into the air.
“SPA Late Night chair Corey Jackson said that Karges has been a historic performer at Penn State. Megan Mansell, SPA Marketing chair said ‘Karges is the best at what he does.’”
Here’s some more feedback from some of Craig’s recent campus shows:
“Excellent and professional all around. Students LOVE this act!”
Nick Seidler, Assistant Director Student Activities, Milwaukee School of Engineering
“There is no one better than Craig! He is so easy to work with and his show always blows people away!”
Erin Mroczka, Director Campus Life, SUNY Fredonia
“Craig Karges is a wonderful entertainer and we love working with him at Augustana College. We have hosted him before on our campus and we always have a great turnout of students, faculty and community members. Out of all the agencies and artists that we work with throughout the year, Craig and Karges Productions is by far the best.”
Emily Kitterman, Special Events Chair, Augustana College
“If one were to look in a dictionary under ‘Perfect Performer’ I believe the definition would be ‘Craig Karges.’ He is a top-notch entertainer, a respected professional and a fantastic human being. Craig is the kind of performer you want every student to meet — not only was his show amazing and entertaining, his final words to the students were insightful and inspiring.”
Jane Klug, Director of Student Services, Black Hills State University
A Sold Out Evening of Wine and Spirits at Towngate Theatre
In May, Craig Karges once again joined forces with Oglebay Institute (recognized as the oldest arts organization in the country) for a special fundraiser. This time it was to benefit Towngate Theatre. The event was billed as An Extraordinary Evening with Craig Karges and featured the extraordinist performing the theatrical version of Experience the Extraordinary in two acts along with wine and food pairings served before the performance, at intermission and at the conclusion of the evening. The event sold out in two days and raised more than $20,000 for OI’s Towngate Theatre.
The first act was classic Karges material featuring mind reading, illusion and psychological influence. In the second act, Craig was joined onstage by his great-uncle and mentor, Alain “Doc” DeLyle. The extraordinary thing about Doc’s appearance is that he has been dead for more than 40 years! It was a special set dedicated as a tribute to the extraordinist’s teacher and featured a number of spirit effects reminiscent of a Victorian-era séance. All done with Craig’s tongue planted firmly in his cheek!
Built in 1850, Towngate Theatre was originally constructed as a Congregational Church and remodeled for use as a Lutheran Church in 1852. The facility is one of the oldest church buildings in Wheeling, West Virginia (Craig’s hometown) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Oglebay Institute purchased the building in 1970 and transformed it into Towngate Theatre. The theater serves as an outlet for the community to participate in the performing arts and provides excellent entertainment and intellectual stimulation for the residents and visitors of Wheeling and surrounding areas. Funds raised from this special evening are going toward the extensive renovation project currently underway at the theater — the first major renovations to the venue since the early 1990s.
Craig truly enjoys performing the theatrical version of his show throughout North America in unique, historic venues like Towngate Theatre as well as state-of-the -art performing arts centers. And audiences and arts organizations certainly enjoy Craig, bringing him back to their communities time and again. For example, Craig recently returned to upstate New York for his third appearance for the Oneida Area Arts Council.
“It has been a week since you were in Oneida, NY for the Oneida Area Arts show. I, along with members of our board are still getting compliments on the show. Everywhere I go, I am told by people who attended, that they really enjoyed the show. Some comments I heard were, that the show was special, awesome, freaky, cool, fun and many said — how does he do that? I am very pleased that you were able to join us, and that our community really participated. In many years with the Arts Council, I have seen many patrons just sit there and not get involved. I appreciate how you were able to get everyone involved in the fun. I encourage all groups, from young to very old, to enjoy your special talents, and ability to entertain all ages.”
Brian Carroll, President, Oneida Area Arts Council