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"Thank you for giving us such a magnificent show! It was wonderful! The kids had absolutely just great things to say about you. As you know one boy asked you to come back and he was speaking for all of the kids. We couldn't have made a better selection for our presentation. Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!" Dorothy Webb, H.S. EPD Instr., Bell Center, Level 5 EBD Program, Coon Rapids MN, 763-506-1902
"A man who lives up to his title ~ Amazing!"
~ R. J. Fritz - WCCO Television
"I'd like to say a huge ' THANKS! ' Your performances were just outstanding! Thank you too for reminding us of our own talents and abilities through your talented example." ~ Kathleen Ahern, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault,
"The State Conference got off to a great start thanks largely to a superb opening speaker ~ The Amazing Jeffo." ~ Jon Gurban - Executive Director of MN Parks & Recreation Keeping Up Magazine
"It's the best entertainment we've had in a long time. We came away feeling entertained, refreshed and recharged." ~ Loren Novack - President, Prior Lake Optimist Club
Jeff Smith is the first person to point out that sighted people are rarely comfortable initially with a blind individual. That's where his humor enters in, alternatively referred to as silly, cheeky, and sometimes corny. His humor is a vehicle which enables Jeffo to transition from one magical routine to the next, keeping the audience on their toes.
Groups are delighted with his ability to ad-lib and involve them. "Don't tell me I'm also color blind!" Smith tells an audience during a magic trick. When eager young attendees raise their hands to volunteer, he tells them, "You'll have to raise your hands a lot higher than that for me to see them." And he instructs a volunteer, Pick a card and don't let me see it!" Most importantly, the humor serves as a vehicle that accents Smith's underlying message of "rising above challenges." This message can be also delivered in a Motivational Speaker format to all groups.
"To see your independence from set up to take down was amazing. Your enthusiasm and
respect for all ages is wonderful. I loved your humor for children as well as
adults! Had continual entertainment even as volunteers transitioned to the stage."
Stacey Maupin, Cub Pack 84, Brooklyn Park, MN, 763-416-4597
Stacey Maupin, Cub Pack 84, Brooklyn Park, MN, 763-416-4597
Amazing Jeffo confounds and amuses audiences with his special brand of illusion: selected playing cards rise from a jumbo deck, an image of Jesus suddenly appears on a poster, Jeffo reveals a word a volunteer silently chooses from a novel, a sword is visibly passed through the neck of a volunteer, Jeffo's head shrinks half its size then enlarges twice its normal size.
Custom presentations accommodate a variety of audience types:
Amazing Jeffo shares his personal passion and awareness of the power of attitude in overcoming challenges. A button he wears on his tuxedo lapel illustrates this. It reads, "DISABILITY," however, there is a slash through the first syllable. Amazing Jeffo's message and example is a positive reminder of the heights we can reach when not limited by a negative attitude. He believes, "The most disabling thing in our lives is the thing we can do the most about - our attitude!"
What amazes me the most is how God has matched what natural abilities and talents I have with the perfect job for me. I tried to find traditional employment for many years and in spite of having a 4 year degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota I was unsuccessful landing a viable job. There's something like a 70% unemployment rate among the blind. One employment opportunity that currently exists for the blind relates to working with computers, such as data entry or programming. Despite advances in adaptive technology that enable the blind to use the computer, computers and I have a love hate relationship. I'm so grateful that god took my natural gifts of humor, creativity and desire to teach, and turned it into this wonderful opportunity for me as Amazing Jeffo. In retrospect, I see how God has positioned me in a place where I can share the gifts He has given me with others. He's always bringing caring people into my life that are encouraging and teaching me to explore new avenues that I hadn't had confidence enough to try on my own.
One of my greatest challenges I had through the years was overcoming a severe verbal disfluency in the form of stuttering. But God never gave me more than I could handle, gently leading me forward when He knew I was ready. I know the opportunity I had to present my message in front of audiences was made easier because of the magic. It's been a vehicle I could sort of hide behind, shifting the focus of the audience away from my speech difficulties on to the magic. It helped take the pressure off from thinking I had to be a perfect speaker. The approval I've received from audiences has given me the confidence to not only speak fluently but to now take on greater challenges as a motivational and Christian speaker.
One of the encouragers God has sent my way is a friend I met at the church I've been attending for about 10 years, Chapel Hill Baptist, Eagan MN. I'll describe him as a visionary. He's convinced me I have a message to share with others to hear about the abilities of people with disabilities. This is particularly timely in our day and age of global integration and multi-culturalism. People with disabilities fall in this arena. The corporate world and others need to be educated about this untapped resource available to them. This is why I formed a new enterprise I call DATS (Disability Awareness Training Seminars). My presentation focuses not only on the inherent value of people but the value their perspective offers to the bottom line.
And now this has most recently evolved into my having an opportunity to talk to parents who have children who have disabilities. I believe they need encouragement from those, such as my mother and I who have gone through some similar circumstances as they, a to have an opportunity to laugh amidst this situation.
We call our Parent presentation: Surviving and thriving with disabilities:
Learning to laugh again amidst the daily grind; A mother and son retrospective.
My mother, Martha, and I, offer this holistic, common sense presentation to
encourage parents to:
"Parents desperately need encouragement that there child has a purpose and they, a hope for the future".
Jeffos messages and approach are adaptable to all groups within the church body, including adult, pre-school, school-age, middle and high school.
This blind magician inspires students to see their own abilities. As they laugh their socks off, they'll be learning about disabilities, gaining appreciation for reading, and building respect for themselves and others.
Through magic, music and humor, Amazing Jeffo demonstrates to students how to maximize their talents for greater achievement.
His highly visual magic compliments a message that encourages a positive attitude towards life, leading to good character development.
In addition to stage magic, I offer strolling magic for family nights, carnivals, fairs, open houses, and fund raisers.
Shows are tailored to pre-school, elementary, junior and senior high school ages. Appropriate for all ages!
Jeffo's warmth and openness, combined with a lighter style and gentle approach with volunteers, disarms and helps reinforce biblical truths which he weaves throughout the performance. His skill on the harmonica adds color and depth to the show, playing popular worship songs and favorite hymns. Jeffo's inspiring message helps occasional attenders feel comfortable and more connected with the church.
Entertaining an audience comes so easily to Amazing Jeffo; he can do it with his eyes closed. Volunteers are called up throughout the show and help Jeffo do the tricks, including special tricks reserved for the birthday person. All ages naturally relate to Jeffo because of his playful manner and easy-going charisma. "I think kids feel a natural bond with me for many reasons: my modest stature and appearance of vulnerability, my difficulty, of course, with the printed word, my sometimes silly behavior around adults, my inability to drive," says Jeffo.
Create a birthday memory to last a lifetime. Initially, the audience is wowed by the magic and laugh their socks off at the jokes but they also leave with a valuable life lesson: through Jeffo's gentle and disarming approach they'll "accidentally" learn about the ability of people to overcome challenges in their lives. Their eyes will be opened to the concept of people's differences - all done in an entertaining style.
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