From Fear to a Future of Hope
As a child Steve was very shy, and had to overcome the fear of not being able to express himself. Becoming an Entertainer is something that helped him do this. In all his years providing presentations for thousands of events, he has yet run out of refreshing ideas and material to energize audiences. He considers himself a Motivator who inspires others.
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
Conveying Positive Messages through his Gifts and Talents
Steve began his show-business-journey at age six. In 1966, his older sister and he were placed in the Open Door Children's Home orphanage in Rome, Georgia and they stayed there until 1973. Their birth father did his best to provide for their mentally-challenged mother and five disabled siblings and finally accept the fact he could not keep up with the demands of life and pull his family through an impoverished situation. Family Services stepped in to help.
It was in this orphanage, Steve discovered he wanted to become an artist, a ventriloquist and a magician. Two dedicated men would visit the home and help develop his talents. Mr. Marlowe taught him various art sketching and water color painting techniques each week and Mr. Dobbs bought a puppet for Steve's ninth birthday and explained voice throwing and script-writing to him as outlined in the lessons provided. He himself was not a Ventriloquist, but rather someone who cared and wanted Steve to succeed. After four years studying everyday after school, Steve graduated from the Maher Home Study Course in Ventriloquism at age twelve. He would often take his puppet Charlie to school and perform during Show and Tell on Fridays and would enter Talent Contests. It was a fun time!
Things really came together for Steve in 1973 when he was adopted into a loving foster family. This love, encouragement, and involvement in church life, summer jobs and Boy Scouts taught him to trust God and see the Lord's provisions for his life. This began an exciting journey that put Steve's career in full swing.
This very determined teenager wanted to be someone special. He wanted his talents to open doors of opportunity and building blocks for a better future for himself and others. He quickly saw how his talents could do that if he worked hard at being the best he could be. After graduating from Coosa High School in 1979, he worked at restaurants, in state hospitals, special education classrooms and children's ministry for several years, which in turn taught him people skills and how important developing strong relationships were. Shortly thereafter, Steve produced the Miracles of Magic Show and took the show on the road. He and his crew of six stagehands presented shows in theaters all over small-town America and Canada for about twelve years.
Often his foster parents would show up in the audience of hundreds in random towns to cheer him on. Their rescuing Steve from the orphanage and their unselfish dedication, hope, love and kindness, saved his life and has sustained him even to this day.
Steve has spent his life making a difference in the lives of others through the use of evoking laughter. He has conveyed compassion and kindness through the use of clean entertaining, magic illusions, ventriloquism, puppetry, creative painting and drawing. His story and performances have inspired thousands throughout his travels and appearances on national television, live shows, community events and more.
"There are many without the courage to shape their careers, intimidated by obvious dangers, secure only in the thought of a future that might provide the necessities of food, shelter and a good pension plan. I think of the many young Americans who have lost the courage to accept the challenges of a more precarious existence, with riches of the spirit to replace guaranteed comfort and affluence."
- Reflections from the North by Sigurd F. Olson