Michael Bennett wasn’t like everyone else at school, he was different, he was dyslexic (undiagnosed). Growing up in the 70’s this made homework a contact sport for his father (a soldier from the old school). Michael was constantly bullied for being different and told he was dumb, stupid and wouldn’t amount to anything. This became his daily mantra at home and school. The kids were just as bad. Michael only went to school to eat his peanut butter sandwiches. Calm down people, that was way before peanuts were put on the terrorist list. It’s such a different time we live in now, today you can wipe out a playground with a Snickers bar, you can wipe out an entire community if you wrap it in gluten. It’s a changed world.
Being a dedicated and committed kinesthetic learner using a combination of visual and auditory techniques Michael learned how to dance, perform gymnastics and gained his control of life studying karate. Leaving school at 15 Michael became a cake and pastry chef and part-time acquired his truck licenses while serving as a territorial soldier in the New Zealand Army driving ambulances for one med battalion and two field hospital.
Michael went on to become a stunt-action performer for 16 years at the Police Academy Stunt Show at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast. His popularity as Mad Mike the professional Stunt Man and Warm-Up Guy at the Police Academy Stunt Show at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast of Australia 1993-2008 captured the hearts of millions and won him the international IAAPA award for Best Atmosphere/Street Performer of all theme parks worldwide.
Michael’s energy and charisma are immediately evident on stage and in person. As an inspirational speaker, Dream Guard, comedian and magician Michael’s unique approach is completely captivating.
He empowers children to BELIEVE in themselves through his amazing Magic and Balloon Artistry talents. Children are drawn to his fun and bubbly personality and his passion for changing Children’s and Adults lives is inspiring.