02/08/16  •  Nashville

The magic of the stage

The tics, twitches and vocalizations that characterize Tourette's Syndrome have long been a part of Jason Michaels' life. The movements are arresting, and uncontrollable. But when the magician steps up to his deck of cards, something happens. The tics vanish. "Like magic," he says. For this Murfreesboro native and Gallatin resident the stage has become a place of piece.

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Jason Michaels

Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 6, Jason has battled the neurological disorder and its uncontrollable “tics and twitches” his entire life. However, at age 16, he experienced the impossible when he first stepped onto the stage in a Gallatin High School play. While Jason performed, the tics and twitches associated with his Tourette’s vanished. He discovered a passion for live theater and, after wandering into a magic shop later that year, Jason’s path in life was set. In 2005, Jason became an internationally award-winning entertainer after competing in several international magic competitions.

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