Born the second of two children to hard-working parents in the small town of Lorain, Ohio, Bob Garner has been a fascinated student of magic, mind-reading, and the mysteries of the psychic world for as long as he can remember. He found refuge from the tough streets in the public library and quickly discovered that his magic worked better than his fists for fending off the town bullies. Television introduced him to the dry wit of Groucho Marx, the zany antics of Bugs Bunny, and the comic genius of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. Before long, he’d added comedy to his list of passions.
By the time he was 12, Garner had already begun to put on magic shows, complete with music, magician’s assistant, and a paying audience. At 14, he became the school’s P.A. announcer, and at 16, he landed his first job as a radio disc jockey. In command of the microphone, Garner learned the value of split-second timing and, armed with his father’s rock solid work ethic and his mother’s ferocious tenacity, he had no where to go but up. A chance encounter with his ancestral roots cemented his future and led him on a lifelong pursuit of excellence and success.
At about the same time he was devouring biographies by the book-load at the public library, Garner discovered an ancestral link to one of the original Pilgrims and signers of the Mayflower Compact - one Stephen Hopkins. Further research revealed that Constance Hopkins, daughter of Stephen, was the first child born in America... and that a second Stephen Hopkins signed the Declaration of Independence. Bob was intrigued by the courageous stories of his early American relatives, and impressed by the obstacles they’d overcome to achieve their goals. He wondered what motivated them, what kept them going, what drove them to succeed against such powerful odds.
Trial and error taught him the art of sales, the psychology of marketing and advertising. Garner learned what sparks our interest, what captures our attention, what motivates us to buy. He also learned that entertainment can be a phenomenal aid in the selling of a product.
While still on the air, Garner’s experience with business relations, communications, and leadership began to grow. He was quickly promoted through several directorships, culminating at the top as Station Manager. Required now to be both entertainer and businessman, Garner acquired a unique set of skills that would form a solid foundation for what was to come. He discovered and tested a rare ability to blend the creative world of entertainment with the conservative world of business. It was a seamless and synergistic union of two formidable talents.
Garner’s growing financial success was followed by the recognition of his peers. The Magical Academy of Arts and Sciences in Hollywood honored him as one of the best comic magicians in the world. In Atlantic City, Garner worked with such comedy legends as Milton Berle, Danny Thomas, and Sid Caesar. So, it was a particular honor to be inducted into the exclusive Friars’ Club of Beverly Hills by none other than Milton Berle, then President of the Club.
Garner’s unique blend of performing talent and business savvy would soon find a larger audience. He knew he could help the corporate community to motivate, energize, and increase both creativity and productivity. He offered individual corporations, businesses and associations a new kind of service - one that would guarantee a better return for their investment at trade shows, and infuse their meetings, seminars, and workshops with a one-of-a-kind message.
Over time, Garner got an inside look at how multi-billion dollar companies are run. He met and befriended CEOs, CFOs, marketing and advertising directors, sales professionals, and employees at all levels.
They confided in Garner because he was on the outside and – because he was a magician - they knew he could keep a secret. Soon they were openly confessing their worries, weaknesses, and struggles. Garner’s real-world experience, business acumen, and ability to connect with people helped them to identify and overcome whatever was impeding their road to success.
Bob also created a similar presentation entitled "Make the Magic Happen for Sales People" which is exclusively designed to help sales professionals unleash and maximize their sales power to achieve their goals. Both presentations have helped many people become more successful and turn their dreams and ideas into reality.
Garner’s expertise on these business issues and his ability to clearly articulate his message has attracted the media. Garner is a frequent guest on many radio and television talk shows and is the author of numerous articles on sales, change, teamwork, communication, and motivation for business magazines and trade journals. In addition to his own successful line of books and CDs, Bob has joined forces with Stephen Covey and Ken Blanchard to create a new book called "Blueprint For Success – Proven Strategies for Success and Survival".