Keith Karnok is married, a father of four, grandfather of three and a resident of Watkinsville, Georgia. In addition to being a magician and ventriloquist, he is a professor at the University of Georgia where he has won 25 teaching awards including the Josiah Meigs Award for Excellence in Teaching (click here to visit his UGA website). The Josiah Meigs Award is the University of Georgia's most prestigious teaching honor. In addition to being an outstanding teacher, Keith has authored more than 275 articles in his scientific field as well as two children’s books. He is an accomplished scientist having been selected as “Fellow” in four professional societies including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by a scientific society. He has also served as president of an international association for college teachers.
Although Keith is well recognized in the scientific arena, his true passion is teaching. Whether college students, elementary students or preschoolers, his goal is to make learning fun. In the case of children, he uses magic and puppets to teach important life lessons. He has performed for hundreds of preschools, elementary schools and libraries in northeast Georgia and his reputation for providing a quality show is growing rapidly. Being an educator for more than 35 years, he is well aware of how to hold the attention of an audience regardless of age, background or topic being presented. As Ms. Julie Graham, Principal of Oglethorpe Primary School states “The gym was hot, the bleachers were packed, yet children were engaged from the moment you spoke to the end of the show. It was so obvious you teach because you were well prepared and there was not one minute to lose one child's interest."