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Magic in Adversity: The Inspiring Journey of John Kippen



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By any measure, John Kippen is a force of nature. On one hand, he’s the CEO of his successful LA based IT Company. On the other hand, he’s an inspirational speaker whose TEDx talk has just passed 1 million views. As if that’s not enough, John is also a master magician and gifted storyteller. 

It is said that, ultimately, we are not the result of what happens to us but how we respond to it. Twenty years ago, John experienced a life-shattering event having his face paralyzed during brain tumor removal surgery. After 12 years of healing and soul searching, he  made the difficult but necessary choice that hiding was no longer an option.

His extraordinary story of triumph over adversity is the subject of the multi award-winning documentary, “John’s Ultimate Illusion”. This insightful film was produced with the help of his longtime client, friend and supporter Jamie Lee Curtis, who also appears in the film. 

This film led him to choose to share his message by becoming a keynote speaker where he engages his audiences with his humor and magical illusions to help illustrate his key points.  John now lives his life with joy as he discovered his true purpose to let his story inspire others.

“John Kippen has successfully taken motivational speaking and magical stagecraft to a whole new level!” – Paul Stewart – CEO Weekly

In his TedX talk and Keynotes,  John shares his core message that we all have things we don’t like about ourselves. The true magic is not allowing those differences to limit and define us. Once we heal and learn to love who we are, we find joy in each and every interaction we have with others. This inner strength helps empower others to put their adversity in perspective and start living their best lives. “Speaking allows me to affect positive change in people’s lives by sharing my story of triumph over adversity.”

“Our TEDX conference would not have been as successful without the inspiring words of John Kippen. His mix of magic, mind-reading, and storytelling stole the show. If John can, I can too!” – Salwa Khan

What sets John apart from other speakers is his training in magic, acting and stagecraft which has prepared him to command his audience’s attention with an engaging and entertaining presentation.

John’s audiences of all ages and walks of life leave his keynotes inspired to change the trajectory of their lives .  His client’s most popular descriptive catchphrase of John is  “If John can, I can too.”

John is also a certified Life & Success coach which allows him to help people on a more personal level. His clients are often those who have been inspired by his talks who seek his assistance in changing their limiting mindset to take action to achieve their dreams.

And if that isn’t enough, John is hard at work on his first book “Playing the hand that you’re dealt”, which not only tells the tale of his journey of triumph over adversity, but also offers tools to empower his readers to do the same.

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