Mentalist Michael C. Anthony Takes His ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ to the Next Level With an Illusion Worthy of Houdini

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Michael C. Anthony ( interrupted his16-state tour to produce “The Most Amazing Ice Bucket Challenge Ever!” Though he didn’t get wet, he did donate $100 to ALS and the video can be seen at

'Hypnosis must be practiced to master,' he said. 'It’s not always simple, but like anything—once you get the hang of it—it becomes second nature.'

When mentalist Michael C. Anthony ( announced his 21-city, 16-state college campus tour, he had no idea someone would nominate him for the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge.” So, between appearances, Anthony created a mind-teasingly whimsical illusion—in addition to donating $100 to the ALS cause.

The award-winning performer is a client of (, a full-service advertising agency based in Florida. His video can be viewed at

Anthony started his campus tour on Aug. 16 at Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC. He performed his ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” at the University of Arizona West, in Phoenix, AZ. Speaking from Connecticut College in New London, CT, Anthony described his illusion as “a cool idea” that took “a lot of work.” A viewer of the video put it this way: ”I thought it was just another Ice Bucket Challenge until something bizarre happened.”

Anthony is recognized as one of the most successful stage hypnotists in the world. In fact, Campus Activities Magazine named him “Campus Male Performer of the Year.” The popular Tampa-based entertainer has made more than a thousand appearances on college campuses and hypnotized more than 40,000 people.

VH1 calls Anthony “The best stage hypnotist on the planet.” He has appeared on CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox and is the only American stage hypnotist featured in “The Idiots Guide to Hypnosis” by Dr. Roberta Temes. It was a relative who sparked Anthony’s interest in hypnotism.

“My uncle (Joe Lamonica) was a stage hypnotist,” he explains. “I got interested through him. He taught me some things, and then I went from there, and took it to the crazy place it is now.”

Anthony describes hypnosis as “an art form” that can be learned by anyone.

“Hypnosis must be practiced to master,” he said. “It’s not always simple, but like anything—once you get the hang of it—it becomes second nature.”

Upcoming performances by Anthony include:

Sept. 1 – Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH
Sept. 3 – Akron University in Akron, OH
Sept. 5 – University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, CA
Sept. 11 – University of LaVerne in LaVerne, CA
Sept. 12 – Chapman University in Orange, CA
Sept. 18 – University of Maine in Machias, ME
Sept. 29 – Guilford Tech in Jamestown, NC
Sept. 30 – Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC
Oct. 2 – Kettering University in Flint, MI
Oct. 3 – Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA
Oct. 4 – Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD
Oct. 8 – Jamestown College in Olean, NY

In addition to being a popular campus and corporate event speaker, Anthony is the author of the soon-to-be-released book “Body Language Secrets: How to Read Minds by Reading Bodies.” Details are available at

For more information about Anthony and his various college and corporate offerings, visit

ABOUT: Michael C. Anthony is a board certified hypnotherapist who holds certifications as a practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, an Ericksonian hypnotherapist, and is a certified Master hypnotist. He is a client of (, a full-service advertising agency based in Tampa.

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