Billy Riggs, MRE, MDiv, OMG!
Voted one of America’s Top Five Most Entertaining Speakers in 2014, Billy Riggs is a master teacher and has even been called by one teacher “a psychologist masquerading as a comedian and magician.” He uses his illusions and comedy to grip audiences, move them to action, improve attitudes, inspire educators, and change lives. Perhaps the only entertainer in America who can also be described as a true orator, Billy has been impacting audiences – with or without his magic – through his speeches from the age of 18. A former pastor of one of America’s fastest-growing churches, Billy found that he enjoyed a special affinity with the teachers in his congregation because they had something in common: they were the highest-educated, lowest-paid people in town! The rewards sought by those in both professions were the same: the joy of seeing a life turn around, the satisfaction of seeing the “lights come on in a person’s eyes,” the personal fulfillment of devotion to a noble cause.
Now, in riveting in-service presentations, Billy reminds educators, administrators, classified staff, and board members of the difference they make in students’ lives, gives them tools they can use immediately, and sends them back to work with their hearts afire, their tool belts filled, their minds stimulated, and their funny bones tickled.
Through television, radio, books, videos, and live keynote speeches Billy has used an unusual blend of comedy, music, magic, training, and motivation to spread his positive attitude to more than a million people on five continents. A spellbinding speaker, Mr. Riggs was presenting to audiences as large as 15,000 people at the age of 22. Faculty, staff and students find themselves stirred by his sincerity and power on the platform. In 2002, Mr. Riggs was presented the highest earned award of the National Speakers Association: the Certified Speaking Professional.* Since 1995, he has breathed magic into people, companies and organizations.
But the goose bumps aren’t always the result of dramatic oratory. When Billy Riggs appears, things on stage begin to disappear! Using world-class magical illusions to drive home his points, Billy’s presentations have transformed hundreds of otherwise ordinary in-services, leadership retreats and assemblies into something truly special. His quick wit and quicker hands spread laughter and raise morale as listeners learn to reshape their destinies by eliminating their “Grand Illusions” and embracing even grander realities.
Billy Riggs lives in Austin, Texas but travels the entire country doing in-service events. He usually drives to any event in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, or most areas of the state, saving you on airfare!
NOTE: The above is a bio (for print) and should not be used for his introduction. Mr. Riggs will email you an introduction prior to his appearance at your event. He will also bring a hard copy with him to every appearance. If you like, you may download the appropriate introduction here.
* Billy earned the CSP designation in 2001, but chose not to renew it since 2004.
There are other magicians, comedians, and speakers, but NO ONE does all three like Billy Riggs!
TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT BILLY RIGGS:
Billy was elected (Jan. 21, 2014) as one of the Top 5 Most Entertaining Speakers in America! He was nominated from among hundreds, and elected in a nationwide vote as one of the five best!
Billy starred in his own 90-minute television special, “Positively Magical Attitudes!” You can purchase it here.
Billy designed a mind-boggling illusion using drawings of himself. Watch video of it here. The solution to the mystery is cleverly concealed somewhere on this very website. Happy hunting! You may not sleep ’til you find out how it’s done! Email Billy’s office and a free postcard version of it will be mailed to you.
Billy wrote a funny parody of “I’ve Been Everywhere” about attitude. Watch it here when you need a little uplift in your mood.
Billy wrote and performed a parody of a rap song about attitude. Listen to “Thanksta’s Paradise” here.
Billy wrote 10 hilarious parodies of love songs… to his ex-wife! Performed by the best Las Vegas Impersonators, they sound just like the originals, only with hilarious lyrics! Listen to samples of the songs here. You can BUY THE AUDIO CD to help someone hurting over a broken relationship here.
Billy’s son is a whiz pianist who won the Austin Jazz Alliance’s Rising Star Award in 2015. He’s been playing gigs since the age of 12. Cameron was the featured pianist on the Texas Jazz Jam Cruise and performed at the Texas Jazz Festival, both in October, 2014. Watch him play at The Brass House in downtown Austin here.
Billy is an Eagle Scout and until recently was the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 61 in Oak Hill, Texas and a true believer in scouting.
Billy is a former minister and founded one of America’s fastest-growing churches at the age of 29.
Billy earned both of his master’s degrees magna cum laude. One of them is in Education!
Billy has never missed a gig in 20 years! He has several times driven all night when a flight canceled just to honor his commitments. He once drove all night with the flu through a blizzard from Chicago (whose airport had closed) to Indianapolis to catch a 6:00 AM flight to Philadelphia (which cost over $700) to do a free show for fewer than 15 people… just because he had promised the meeting planner he would be there!