Comedian/magician Tim Gabrielson will be the keynote speaker at the Community Health Foundation’s fifth annual reception on March 14 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center. Contributed photo

Vegas magician, comedian to make Springfield audiences laugh, learn

Tim Gabrielson has never been to Springfield, but he may already know you in a sense.

By sharing his experiences on “The Magic of Positive Change,” the comedian/magician/motivational speaker knows some of his experiences could be similar to those of others.

“Rarely after my shows do I ever not hear, ‘You were talking about me.’ It’s so flattering,” said Gabrielson, who regularly performs clean comedy and magic in Las Vegas.

He’ll be the keynote speaker at the Community Health Foundation’s fifth annual reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center in downtown Springfield.

Tickets cost $25 each through Friday, March 9. If tickets remain after that date, they will cost $30 each.

The event will include a social hour, live music, an appetizer buffet, drinks and information on Community Health Foundation’s latest ventures.

The foundation brings in a speaker each year with a special motivational message. Gabrielson doesn’t let his audience sit back and just listen.

His hybrid comedy and magic shows make attendees interactive participants and maybe even part of the act.

“I want them to have that awe factor, the how-does-he-do-that feeling,” Gabrielson said of the magic part of the act. “Sometimes I have no idea where it will go. That keeps it fresh.”

It was as a junior high school student that Gabrielson found his trajectory to use his talent to entertain audiences, and later on to share a positive message as the final takeaway — or as he calls it, edutainment.

Organizations can have a variety of speakers on leadership, but Gabrielson wants people to leave his engagements excited.

“When you touch people through entertainment, they retain more,” Gabrielson said.

In the end, Gabrielson hopes to give the audience a fun night to forget about other things and leave them with some positive thoughts for the next day and beyond.

“I’m just a goofball and want everyone to have fun with me, especially if I can create positive change,” he said.