Vegas Magician Leslie McKinney

BFE EP30: Kid Magician To Vegas Headliner with Leslie McKinney


Millions of people the world over have marveled at the comedic magical antics and inviting personality of Leslie McKinney. 

Leslie is known for his charming southern style and his ability to make his audience feel at home. You will find that to be true as you listen to this episode of The Branding For Entertainers Podcast with your host, Billy Diamond.

In this longer-than-normal episode, we talk about not only how Leslie began as a kid, but also how he became a Vegas headliner. Also in this episode…

  • A little magic history
  • How To Pick The Right Show Material
  • Magic Exposed
  • Advice for Amateurs and Pros
  • Technical Elements and Stage Craft
  • Swipe Files & Marketing
  • Competitors versus Allies
  • And much, much more

Leslie McKinney Bio:
Leslie began working at Opryland and on The Nashville Network (TNN). His first Vegas show was Wizards’ Secrets Magic Show at The MGM Grand Hotel where he did an 18 month contract. Since then his shows have been seen throughout Las Vegas at The Riviera, Fitzgerald’s, The Plaza Hotel, Sun Coast, Sam’s Town, and Planet Hollywood. Leslie recently starred in his own show Presto at The Downtown Grand Las Vegas. 

Leslie McKinney has also performed for cruise lines such as American Family Cruises, Costa, Holland America, Norwegian, Star/Dream Cruises, and Grand Bahamas Cruise. 

McKinney’s talents have been seen on TLC, Children Talk Television Show, The Late Show with David Letterman, and he was a consultant for Teller’s production Play Dead. In addition to this Leslie McKinney was the first American entertainer to perform in Weifang, Shandong province in The People’s Republic of China.


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