Performing in Nepal

Breast Cancer Survivor


                        I started my shows for "Kid's with Cancer" in 1992.  Since that time, working with young people has

                 continued to be a wonderful and enriching experience. My Dr. Wilderness 501(c) 3 nonprofit company

                 has been working with kids for 20 years, and the mission continues!    

                                                                                              Check out my Dr. Wilderness web site 

Member:: National Speakers Association

Toastmaster's International

Television Emmy Award-Winner

Voted "Best Family Entertainer" by the

Pacific Coast Association of Magicians

Life Memeber: Society of American Magicians

Mr. Barnes,

You were a BIG HIT in Germany this year!  The Audiences were riveted during your show!

Michael J. Herric

  35 years on stage

For more than 35 years I've had the opportunity to work as a full-time stage magician, music composer and keynote speaker. I began my performance career in 1978 by touring with my magical stage show as "Dr. Wilderness" for the United States Department of Defense, visiting thousands of children in Japan, Germany, Okinawa, and Korea. The shows featured education, music and magic with a natural history and environmental awareness theme. In 1981 I began 10 years of performances working with adult audiences at the world-famous Magic Castle club in Hollywood, California.

In 1989 my family magic show was taken abroad in a 7 month International tour presenting shows throughout Europe, India, Nepal, Thailand, New Zealand and Fiji.

I was hired by the Walt Disney Company to perform magic for corporate events, and in 1994 I created and co-produced "The Dr. Wilderness" prime time family television special for Earth Day, which aired on CBS stations nationwide. The program received several Emmy Awards. Later that year "Dr. Wilderness Inc." was launched as a nonprofit corporation bringing a variety of touring programs to performing arts centers from Oregon to New York, 3,500 schools and special events and festivals across the U.S.

In 2009 I decided to turn my attention once again to adults designing "Performance Lectures" about "Imagination and Creativity" for a variety of audiences. It was then that I began to speak aboard Princess Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruises and solidified my work as a corporate keynote presenter.

In 2014 at the age of 63, I was diagnosed with breast cancer while completing a year of residency at the Honolulu Diamond Sangha, a Zen Center and Buddhist Monastery in Hawaii. After mastectomy surgery I was compelled to continue reaching audiences around the world, this time with a new and very personal theme; presenting uplifting and informative stage shows exploring breast cancer in both women and men.

I believe that my programs reflect my years of entertainment experience as a magician and speaker and certainly my zest for life as I have the pleasure of bringing a fresh, compelling and sometimes even humorous view of cancer to audiences of all kinds. I particularly enjoy sharing a "male perspective" to women with breast cancer, both as a cancer survivor and as the former spouse of a cancer patient who lost her battle with stage 4 Ovarian cancer at the age of 47.

My"cancer connection" has been both life-changing and heart warming for me, as it has offered me a renewed sense of purpose and an unquenchable desire to serve and inspire others who's lives are touched by cancer. I'm also a long-time certified "Laughter Yoga" instructor, trained by Dr. Madan Kataria, the founder of the Laughter Yoga movement. I would love to speak, inspire and entertain your group!