Pleasant Prairie, WI
CEO at MOBB Productions Inc.
Bill Blagg ’02 is a nationally touring magician and illusionist who made the most of the opportunities he had at Carthage to launch his career. Using a self-designed J-Term over the course of three years, Mr. Blagg built every aspect of a magic show, from the business side of putting on a show to the marketing and advertising of the show. The final J-Term had Mr. Blagg put both of those aspects together. His efforts culminated in a sold-out show at Kenosha’s Reuther Auditorium.
Today, Mr. Blagg participates in every aspect of his company MOBB Productions Inc, from developing new productions from concept to creation and managing existing productions, booking and promoting their national tours, to developing, designing, and creating and performing original magic and illusion effects.
Their top touring production is The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE — a premier national touring theatrical magic and illusion show in which he stars that does roughly 150 shows per year.
Mr. Blagg is very thankful for the relationships he created with his professors. Most notably, Eric Margerum, his advisor and acting teacher, Jon Brunning’s communication courses, Joanne Freitag in accounting, Amy Cundari in the costume shop, and of course Charlotte Chell who took time to show him the “business side” of his dream of touring. Mr. Blagg says being able to build these relationships and have these professors as “anchors” was an extremely significant part of his journey.
“I could write a novel about specific examples in my life and career that were shaped by the liberal arts skills I gained at Carthage.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“What I’ve enjoyed most about my career is being able to turn a childhood dream into a very successful business. I’m fortunate to be able to do something I love for a living.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“My Carthage experience was extremely influential in my career. One of the most notable aspects was the accessibility to my professors. The small class sizes really created a more hands-on, in-depth experience, and having the ability to connect with professors outside of class was extremely helpful.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“I could write a novel about specific examples in my life and career that were shaped by the liberal arts skills I gained at Carthage. Something that is very unique in my line of work is the fact that I use a large majority of the various studies I took at Carthage. From public speaking to video editing and accounting, as well as creatively creating content and exploring how to adapt concepts for stage, I use them all. Overall, I would say that ‘juggling’ the workload from these courses at Carthage really taught me how to manage and multi-task these areas in my professional career. There are many times when I’m developing a new illusion, negotiating a tour contract, budget planning, editing a promotional video, etc. It takes me back to when I’d be doing a video project for a communications course, writing a script for acting class, designing and creating show props for plays while finishing a budget for accounting.”