"Derek did an amazing job of using his art to connect with students and share a message that students of any age need to hear, in a world that is telling them they don't matter and aren't of any value! He's engaging, humorous, and speaks to the heart of students and teachers!" ~David Yang, School CounsellorABOUTVIDEO
Derek Selinger is a Ninja. A Card Ninja. He can throw regular playing cards with high velocity across a gymnasium and with enough force to slice a carrot in two. These impossible, fast paced and entertaining feats are combined with his inspirational and personal stories of almost dying five times in his life. The first, before he was even born while his mother was electrocuted while pregnant with him (…which, might explain a few things!). These experiences are shared to encourage audiences of all ages, from kindergarten through high school, to embrace life as the gift that it is, and he offers practical suggestions on how to make the most of the incredible gift of life itself.
The routine is fact paced and involves several audience members on stage. The finale is a timed Card Ninja obstacle course, in which Derek tries to beat his record time while the audience cheers him on. The performance is impressive, interesting and humorous, and is a demonstration of extreme skill. Derek then shares a portion of his life story with the audience, in a talk called “Your Life is a Gift”, which recounts a some of the (surprisingly funny) stories of how Derek has almost died five times in his life. “Your Life is a Gift” is meant to impress upon the audience that their life too, is a great gift – to encourage them with just how amazing it is to be alive, and what a privilege it is to attend school, all while edifying the educators and education system in the process.
Card Ninja is a 40-50 minute presentation, in which Derek engages school-aged audiences with his ability to throw everyday playing cards with remarkable speed and accuracy. He can throw cards quickly into targets, cut celery and carrots in half, pop balloons, and even impale watermelon! Derek has been developing this skill for over 20 years, which has earned him the title of Card Ninja.
This presentation is designed for youth audiences. The routine and content is accessible to all ages, from kindergarten to junior and senior high, and is customizable depending on age (The younger the audience, the shorter the talk). But for all age groups, Derek drives home the idea that each young person’s life is a gift.
You will be blown away with the speed and accuracy of which Derek can throw cards. You will laugh at his ability to engage and humorously interact with the audience. You will be inspired by the stories of personal near death experiences. And, you will see the lasting impact of the ideas that are shared with your students or youth organization.
Derek Selinger is in the business of storytelling. A professional and world-class Illusionist, Derek is also an established filmmaker and keynote-capacity speaker. However, his professional career began in 1994 by speaking to youth in youth groups, conferences, retreats, schools and assemblies. Over the course of his career, Derek has spoken to thousands upon thousands of youth, in a multitude of environments. Connecting with youth is a passion Derek carries to this day, and while the majority of his career is spent creating film and performing corporate and public illusion shows, Derek cherishes the time he gets to spend with youth, encouraging them through his school talk “Your Life is a Gift” and the Card Ninja performance.
Derek has many passions, and in addition to his keynote-speaking capacity, Derek tells stories through the creation of film and through the art of magic. As a professional Illusionist, he has been the choice of audiences on five continents for more than a decade. He has entertained millions all over the world on six major television networks, including the Discovery network, Fox News in New York City, CTV and Global, and has performed on some of the world’s most beautiful stages, including in New York City, Las Vegas, Malaysia and Paris. A winner of six international awards, Derek has wowed a variety of audiences from royalty to the corporate elite. A passionate filmmaker, Derek enjoys creating a diverse variety of content ranging from music and marketing videos, to web commercials, to special event montages, weddings and short films. As CEO and Creative Director of Wonder Entertainment and Productions, audiences have called upon Derek’s persistent and brilliantly original creativity to help them express and deliver their content. Derek has produced powerful and creative videos for a wide variety of clients over the years, and has also recently filmed and completed his first short film, “The Walking Man”, which is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world.
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Derek routes out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is available to perform anywhere in Canada and the United States as well as internationally (International performances varies by country and is dependant upon Visa restrictions). Availability is also subject to Derek’s touring and speaking schedule.
A/V requirements for the Card Ninja/Your Life is a Gift presentation is dependent upon audience size, but for most audiences and performance areas only a simple sound system is needed.
To check Derek’s availability for your next event, request a quote, or connect with his team:
Phone: +1 (403) 269-8269