Guest Speaker For Your Conference
The Business Magician
Guest speakers should be informative, entertaining—and change-making. Meet guest speaker, Kostya Kimlat. He’s known as The Business Magician. That’s because he uses his secrets of perception as a master magician to teach businesses and associations how to shape the perceptions of their own audiences—clients, customers, and coworkers. To Think Like a Magician™, it's not about deception—it's about perception.
A Magical Guest Speaker
Kostya's message as a guest speaker comes alive through the art of interactive magic, keeping audience members attentive for the duration of his customer service trainings. But it is the message, not the magic, that makes the greatest impact. Kostya shares the principles of perception with your team, giving you specific ideas, tools and strategies to improve the customer service experience.
Trusted by Top Brands
Kostya has served as "The Business Magician" for some of the largest Fortune 500 companies. From NASA to GE, SYSCO to AT&T, Kostya’s clients request him as a guest speaker year after year for his impactful message.
KOSTYA ON NATIONAL TELEVISION
In 2015, Kostya stumped the legendary Penn & Teller on their TV show, Fool Us, and the video clip of his performance has become one of the show's most popular ever—with 10 million views and counting.
Guest Speaker Reviews
"Kostya is the real deal when it comes to magic and capturing an audience! I've had the pleasure of seeing Kostya two times and every time he blows me away and hoping for a next time. His magic is flawless but his keynote presentation is as good (if not better) than his magic. He always knows who his audience is and speaks to them about relevant information to their industry. After having the pleasure of hearing his presentation last week, I am still using what he taught daily in my work and personal life. I highly recommend him to speak to any organization as they will be engaged and well as entertained. The best in the business!"
—Katherine F., Regional Sales Director
"He managed to make content that could be kind of complicated and a bit daunting feel exciting and engaging. So the people that were there learned as almost by accident, like they tripped over the learning while they were bring entertained. I think my favorite part of Kostya’s presentation was not only of course the magic tricks, which were just incredible, but watching the exciting and enthusiastic responses of the audience was just - it was like that Ah-ha moment on steroids. Folks just jumped out of their seats, they were so excited. I think Kostya is relatable to just about any kind of audience. I can’t imagine a group that just wouldn’t get it unless there’s someone out there who doesn’t like to be surprised, entertained and learn something. So if you want to make sure folks pay attention and get the content, without having to feel like you’re forcing them to do something, that would be one reason to have him. He makes it painless. And to be honest, I wasn’t really thinking I was going to enjoy a 'keynote speaker,' and If found myself just laughing and being truly entertained and time flew by. I was surprised, and pleasantly!"
"I engaged Kostya to do a keynote for our conference which had over 200 attendees. His presentation was so engaging and inspiring that I engaged a corporate sponsor to have him speak as a keynote at our state technology conference. Years later, people still remember his presentation. Kostya does not disappoint. He is a consummate professional, and works diligently to tailor his presentations to connect with the audience. Whether the goal is inspire, message, entertain, or market, he gets the job done."
—George P., Chief Academic Officer
"Kostya will have you entertained from the moment he begins! His ability to engage the audience and relate his information to your form of industry is refreshing and so exciting to see. HIGHLY recommend Kostya! He will instantly become one of your favorite keynote speakers!"
—Stefanie S., National Sales Manager
"As a conference planner, the most important thing to me is to find someone that understands the audience and can also deliver a message that is replicable and can be taken back to their work. Kostya was the perfect match for that. He has the experience to understand the work that we do, as well as to really read the audience and understand how they need to get that information. I think everybody absolutely loved his message. He’s high energy. He really played well with the different people in the audience. He knew the industry—and they really, really enjoyed it. If you’re thinking about hiring Kostya for your event, I would absolutely recommend him. He was very easy to work with, his team was very professional, and he provided such a wonderful experience for our audience."
—Joy B., Vice President of Professional Development
"In addition to being a wonderful presenter, he has the ability to combine his background with valuable content that is useful to any group of professionals. My team and I learned a great deal about how to understand and communicate with others who have different personality types than ourselves. I highly recommend Kostya to speak at your organization’s next event. The audience will be captivated, entertained and educated!"
—Leila D., Regional Sales Director
"Kostya had the ability to capture everyone's attention and keep them at the edge of their seat throughout. The content included in his speech was very practical to our organization and provided us new techniques and tools to determine and capitalize on individual personalities."
—Zeke M., Recruitment Advisor
“I was nervous up until the day of the conference, up until the moment he spoke, really, because I just didn’t know how it was going to work out. But then he came, and everyone was just amazed by him. He had everybody’s attention. Everybody was completely focused on him the entire time, and it was just so good. The feedback was amazing. I mean, that was there years ago, and we’ve had him back every year since.”
—Karen F., CFO, UltraGroup Healthcare
"The entire program was an interesting and informative perspective on the diverse personality types in any workplace and their respective motivations... Your performance appealed to everyone in our group and prompted many discussions in the days following the event. The fact that you made all of your points with a ‘magic spin’ made people forget they were learning!"
—Karen L., Senior Vice President
"It is difficult to event describe the experience that Kostya creates. Not only is he an incredible magician, he has a very personable and engaging personality that pulls people in and puts them on the edge of their seat. In advance of the event, it was very important to him to create a message that would resonate with our audience, and he spent more than an hour talking to me and one of our owners to be sure he had the message just right. I would hire him again in a minute!
—Mattie B., Director of Events & Industry Relations
"The thing that he did that not a lot of speakers have done, is that he found out about our organization. He wanted to understand what made us tick. He really wanted his presentation to mean something to the audience. He delivered not only a business message, but a message that is poignant to our franchise owners and to our staff. People left entertained, engaged and I can’t speak highly enough. If you don’t hire Kostya, you’re crazy."
—Tom D., Chief Operating Officer
"I had the privilege of seeing Kostya perform at a conference in Dallas. He was able to entertain a room of 200 people non-stop with his humor, his talent, his magic and knowledge of people and their personalities. If you are looking for an entertainer for your corporate event, this is the guy! A fantastic blend of entertainment and education!"
—Karen A., Speaker & Consultant
"I had the pleasure of meeting Kostya in 2017 at our National Sales Meeting—to say I was impressed was an understatement. Everyone loved him so much that we had to have him back again in 2018 at our National Sales Meeting. Not only does he have the most amazing magic show he teaches you out to interact with people on all levels—whether it is in your business life or in your personal life. If you are ever looking for a speaker who is fun, enthusiastic, and personable Kostya would be great! I cannot wait to hire him for one of my groups in the near future. Great job Kostya and way to get the entire audience involved and not feel intimidated!"
—Kelly S., Regional Director of Sales
From our presidents to our janitors, everyone needs to hear Kostya’s message. You could see their eyes light up when the concepts were taught and the magic was demonstrated. It was incredible. I loved the interaction. Kostya was phenomenal. So many times you are focused on yourself, but as Kostya indicated, you have to figure out what other peoples’ needs are and how to give them that or the perception of what they need.”
"I can honestly say that I have never seen an audience react as positively to a keynote speaker as they did to Kostya. Kostya offered participants with tips and tricks on how to assess personality types within just a few minutes and cater conversations to those around you. The audience was blown away by his ability to incorporate magic into his presentation and was stunned by his final trick- a literal thunder of applause commenced. I won't share the details, but would highly recommend Kostya to speak at any upcoming trainings and events in which you want to keep your audience active and engaged, while teaching them skills they can use immediately."
—Deanne A., Employee Development Director
"Kostya had the challenge of entertaining a room full of 200 sales people right after lunch on the last day of a long conference- he rose to the challenge! Not only was the entire audience engaged but he was able to very simply and effectively teach the room how to better read and engage their clients. l would HIGHLY recommend booking him for your next large event!"
—Felicia T., Account Executive
“Kostya really connected with the participants by immediately grasping their attention. I never was really a magic person, and he really engaged me. Kostya was able to get the message across to the participants in a really clear way. I was completely engaged from start to finish. I laughed, I caught myself questioning what he was doing, I was really engaged. I thought he was a great presenter and keynote speaker, and he did an amazing job.”
"We had the opportunity to hire Kostya for a corporate conference recently. Not only did he wow the attendees with up close and personal strolling magic during the welcome reception, he amazed the group with his on stage magic performance for the final night entertainment, bringing his compelling tricks and brilliant humor to keep things lively and moving forward. Kostya was a delight to work with from start to finish."
—Lauri C., Events Producer, Corporate Communications
“Kostya’s presentation was very engaging. There wasn’t a moment I felt lost. His message was very clear. Very interactive and high energy! He has a lot of energy - I don’t know how he keeps it going! Magic fascinates anyone - so that was the coolest part, getting people engaged. They were participating and the magic just would come out of nowhere. And you know when someone says they’re gonna do magic, you expect some cheesy magic, but his magic was legit. My favorite part of Kostya’s presentation was how he got us all involved. Everyone was involved. And there was a balance [of magic and message]. It wasn’t too much magic, where I felt I was at a show. The magic tricks were strategically placed and Kostya did a great job. He’s great to bring in if you need a keynote speaker because he has a way of connecting with everyone in the audience, so no one in the audience feels left behind.”
“From beginning to end, he’s very easy to work with through the contracting process, but more importantly, he’s very open, very amiable with our audience group. He works very hard with our age group which could be anywhere from 18 years up to 65 years of age. Kostya was very much able to take magic and put it into a meaningful format. We were able to work with Kostya so he could figure out exactly what we needed and how to tailor a program that would work not only for our program but the varying age groups and the varying audience members that we have. His program was not only entertaining but it was very interactive what we found is a lot of times is our audience group, our target audiences are looking to be more edutained and entertained than to want to have just someone speak at them in a keynote. This was that type of activity.”
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Think Like A Magician™
They say perception is everything—and now more than ever, we need to work hard to understand the perceptions of others. And if you think about it, some of the best professionals in the world at intimately understanding other people’s perceptions are, you guessed it, magicians.
To success in the competitive marketplace, businesses and their employees need to master the skill of perception—and learn to Think Like A Magician™.
Thinking like magicians will help your employees develop their interpersonal relationships with others and strengthen their communication skills. Your team can become more confident and at ease with others. At business meetings and gatherings, instead of being lost in their own thoughts, they’ll be able to perceive the wants and anticipate the needs of their customers, clients and colleagues. They’ll connect and communicate more effortlessly with anyone and everyone with whom youtheyinteract.
As a guest speaker, Kostya can teach your group to focus on their audience's perceptions. This will help them communicate their messages with intent, comfort, and mastery.
Using these magician's principles as a guide, your organization can begin to see things more clearly from others’ perspectives. Just like magician, your employees have the ability to understand, connect, and communicate. And they have the power to transform—themselves and others. If they haven't practiced these skills, or feel they’re not good at them, it's time to open their minds to abilities they may not have known they have.
The art and craft of magic can showcase principles of applied psychology in action. Magicians think differently, see differently, and act differently. Understanding these differences and applying them in a different field can be very powerful.
In the end, each of your employees won’t be a magician but you’ll learn to Think Like A Magician™.