Joe Fingerhut speaks from the heart about issues that are real to young people today. He has faced adversity, suffered loss, and pursued his passions despite long odds. Joe connects with audiences using humor, magic, and relevant stories of his own adventures, and he has a knack for connecting each young person’s heart with a powerful message of hope.
When he was 14, Joe’s best friend had his life taken in a car accident. Mark and Joe had been close since they met in kindergarten. A family member trying to comfort Joe said a phrase that has stuck with him to this day. She said: “Joe, think about all the things Mark won’t have to experience in life.” Even at such a young age Joe knew that this was the wrong attitude about living. Instead he thought about all the things he wanted to experience and thus started marching to the beat of his own drum. Mark’s death helped Joe begin focusing on the possibilities the world had to offer rather than the limitations. By the time he graduated college, Joe had been the school mascot, tried stand-up comedy, performed in theater, learned magic, and was a successful door-to-door salesman—all things that taught him he loved to meet people and entertain. A decade later, Joe had been to 30 countries on six continents and found a way to make a living by entertaining. His skills in magic, storytelling and performance have paved the way for a successful career as a speaker, teacher, and a music DJ. In fact, Joe was named the 2011 National DJ of the Year by Complete Music.
Joe focuses on conquering the “destiny of normalcy,” which afflicts too many young people today. He gives students a five-step method to achieving goals and communicates a positive message of turning “I can’t” into “How can I?” while sharing stories from his life, his travels, and showcasing his amazing skills in juggling, magic, and performing arts.
He is passionate about inspiring young people to dream bigger dreams, eliminate limits, and lead themselves, all the while teaching them the power of right choices, attitude, and character. He leaves them with tools to transform their lives and the world around them. He has spoken at schools, youth groups, camps, and conferences across America.