James Songster has been a professional entertainer and group program facilitator for over 25 years. After completing his military service in 1989, he began performing as a magician at street fairs and fringe festivals in Europe, which began his long career interest in improvisational performing.
After returning to the United States, he began his career with the Walt Disney Company as a performer at The Great Movie Ride at the Disney-MGM Studios in 1992, while concurrently appearing at numerous festivals throughout the Southeastern United States. In 1996, he became a group program facilitator for the Disney Institute where he presented programs on Disney heritage and operating philosophies.
In 2006, he was selected by Disney Educational Programs to facilitate new youth programs for the expanding educational programs business.
In 2010, he was selected to help develop and implement Disney’s new Leadership Strategies and Techniques of Teamwork programs for college-level participants. He has continued in his role as the Trainer of Facilitators for these programs.
James is a recipient of the prestigious Disney Legacy Award, the highest recognition presented by The Walt Disney Co.! Outside of Disney, he is the Owner and Director of Talent for MAGIC AND MAYHEM PRODUCTIONS. James is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians as well as the Society of American Magicians. He has won multiple performance awards, both domestically and internationally.