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International Speaker and Magician Coming to Willits


Willits, CA  -- On Thursday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m., the Willits community will be inspired by international speaker and magician Billy Riggs.  Called the “Dr. Phil of Magic” and a psychologist masquerading as a comedian and magician, Riggs will perform and speak at the Willits Community Center, inspiring the community with his message of positivity and how having a positive attitude can contribute to success in life. 

A spellbinding speaker, Riggs has presented to audiences as large as 20,000 people all over the country. He has shared the stage with Gladys Knight, Pam Tillis, Sammy Kershaw, and Zig Ziglar and has appeared (and dis-appeared!) at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Caesar’s in Lake Tahoe, and the Tropicana in Atlantic City.  Combining his speaking skills, Riggs uses his illusions and comedy to grip audiences, move them to action, improve attitudes, and change lives.

Riggs, who started doing magic tricks at the age of 16, says the idea to combine magic and his inspirational message has been very effective. “It keeps them on their toes and makes the message even more powerful,” he explains. As a former minister who founded one of America’s fast-growing churches at the age of 29, Riggs is a firm believer that having a positive attitude is the key to success. “I went to a Boy Scout camp when I was 14. One of my bunkmates taught me how to make a coin disappear. That sparked something in me, so I visited a small magic store in our town to keep learning. $300,000 later I have a whole garage full of magic equipment.” Riggs says he is excited to bring his message and magic to Willits, especially to the youth in the community. “With so much influence from social media and all the technology, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s important. I hope that I can help inspire them to reach for their dreams, put a positive spin on things and not lose hope when things don’t go their way.”

“I’m excited that Billy is able to share his message to the community. The message of having a positive attitude is something that’s timeless and will always be relevant regardless of one’s age. We’re looking forward to having a world-class speaker and magician come to Willits,” shared Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital Chaplain, Dennis Long. 

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This FREE, one-night only event is sponsored by the Willits Christian Churches Fellowship and is open to the public. The event will take place on Thursday, February 4, at 7:00 p.m., at the Willits Community Center, 111 E. Commercial St. in Willits. No registration necessary. Please arrive early as seating is limited. For more information, please call (707) 456-3591.


Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Our workforce of 31,000 includes more than 22,350 employees; 4,800 medical staff physicians; and 3,850 volunteers. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides compassionate care in 20 hospitals, more than 275 clinics (hospital-based, rural health and physician clinics), 15 home care agencies, seven hospice agencies and four joint-venture retirement centers. Adventist Health ranked #10 in Becker's list of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the U.S. for 2015.  Visit for more information.