Mississippi Stories: Joe M. Turner

On this episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today Editor-at-Large Marshall Ramsey sits down with magician, entertainer and speaker Joe M. Turner. Turner is an American corporate magician, mentalist, and a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and other meetings.

A native of Mississippi, Mississippi State graduate and now Atlanta based, he is widely respected in the field of corporate magic, as well as customizing magic performances, keynotes, and seminars for trade shows, product launches, other marketing efforts, conferences, or corporate events. He frequently incorporates sleight-of-hand, escape magic and mentalism into keynote addresses as a motivational speaker for corporate and private groups, speaking on topics of customer experience, brand engagement, memory training, change management, and creativity.

He was one of only six performers selected to represent various aspects of the magic industry on the CNN Headline News feature “A Day of Magic,” and also appeared on network television programs in Europe and South America. Turner talks about growing up in Mississippi, overcoming challenges presented by the pandemic and how his many talents led to a magical career.


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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.