Speakers

Anna Clapper is a professional aquatic performer, aquatics safety instructor, and third generation dive professional from South Carolina. Performing as “The Deep Blue Mermaid,” Anna has made appearances at events all across the Southeast. Her company, Deep Blue Aquatics, not only provides exceptional mermaid entertainment, but also offers personalized dive instruction, aquatic safety workshops, and life-saving certification courses. In her spare time, Anna is an active volunteer diver at the South Carolina Aquarium and a member of the 2020 USA Freediving Board of Directors.

Attend Anna’s Sessions:
– Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
– Basic Water Safety & Saves for Mermaids
-PADI Basic Freediver Certification

Michelle is at home in the water, and has been swimming competitively for 24 years. She actively competes in United States Masters Swimming, holding 26 top ten individual national times. When she’s not racing, Michelle enjoys sharing her love of the water as a professional mermaid, performing at events with Circus Siren Pod, at the Arizona Renaissance Festival, and at conventions, corporate events, and private entertainment events. From 2019-2020, she was Miss Mermaid Texas, and currently holds the Miss Mermaid Arizona title and remains the reigning, undefeated, champion of the MerMagic Con Merlympics.

On land, Michelle is an attorney at May, Potena, Baran & Gillespie, P.C. and focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property, mergers & acquisitions, technology, cyber law & litigation. She earned her law degree in 2010 from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi and was part of the National Trial Competition and Mock Trial Teams. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies. She also volunteers on the Board of Directors for Racing Home Greyhound Adoption, helping to place retired Greyhounds with their forever families.

Attend Michelle’s Sessions:
– Dolphin Kick Clinic
– FinFitness
Introduction to Trademarks, Copyrights & IP
– Understanding Contract Fundamentals

Award Winning Underwater Photographer Brett Stanley is an internationally published artist known for his crisp and clean portraits of people underwater.

This touchstone of the mermaid world teaches underwater photography around the world and is returning to MerMagic Con to offer private underwater photoshoots as well as a new seminar for models and photographers alike. 

Attend Brett’s Sessions:
Book a Photoshoot
– Underwater Photography for Mermaids

Mermaid Chè Monique is a DC area based mermaid performer, model and MERtivational speaker. Being a mermaid was a lifelong dream of Chè’s and mermaiding is her way of reminding the world that anything is possible. Chè Monique’s high glam images spread messages of body positivity and defy stereotypes in a fun and celebratory way. Chè creates uplifting and motivational videos found on her YouTube channel. Chè Monique is the founder of Society of Fat Mermaids, a size inclusive clothing line and celebratory community. You can find Mermaid Chè Monique online at www.mermaidchemonique.com

Attend Chè’s Sessions:
– Diversity in Mermaiding
(Panel)
– Fat Mermaids Make Waves
(Panel)

Philo Barnhart has had the pleasure of being one of the creators of the Little Mermaid, which celebrated its 30th year in 2019. Philo also has worked on Star Trek the Motion Picture!
Philo Barnhart is a Second Generation Disney legend. His Mother and Father worked for Disney on many animated cartoons during their golden age. He has also worked several years in Disney Consumer Products, designing various toys games and Puzzles.

Attend Philo’s Session:
Creating “The Little Mermaid” 

Felicia is a model, actress, and social media content creator who works as a Professional mermaid! She performs with the Circus Siren Pod and is known as “Felicia with Fins” across the internet. 1.1 million followers have enjoyed her underwater content and she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of lowering plastic pollution and waste.

Attend Felicia’s Sessions:
Creating Underwater Content
– Editing Content for Social Media

Attend Seanna’s Session:
Hair, Skin and Eye Health for Mermaids

Merman Isura is a singer, songwriter and Merman Aquatic performer. It is his goal to educate, helping all to understand that no matter race, gender, preference or etc, we birthed from the sea and are children of Yemaya. Through his efforts, Merman Isura aims to spread positive messages of understanding, ocean conservation and cultural awareness with Yemaya’s blessing.

Attend Kevin’s Sessions:
African, Caribbean, & Indigenous Mermaid history
– The World of Mermen
(Panel)
– Diversity in Mermaiding
(Panel)

Mermaid Shannon is based in North Carolina and has been swimming in a set of fins for over a decade. Her professional achievements include writing and illustrating her childrens’ book series. She also has performed sold-out coordinating interactive dive shows at aquariums from coast to coast and enjoys hosting her Aquarioke children’s dance party which she debut at Via Aquarium in 2018. 

Shannon has been covered extensively by press outlets all over the world and she’s currently the face for the 2021 San Marcos Mermaid Splash in San Marcos , Texas.

Jasmine is a new member of the Circus Siren Pod. She previously served 10 years in the US Navy and is now pursuing her passion in performance arts from professional mermaiding to princess performances in children’s hospitals.

Attend Jasmine’s Sessions:
Mermaid Story time and Meet & Greet
Mermaid Makeup and Styling
– Meet the Mermaid Princess

Olive the Alchemist is a professional-level mermaid performer with 10,000 hours of experience of mermaid meet and greets served with Walt Disney World Entertainment. They have spent the last 5 years in a rigorous, professional level acting role portraying the world’s most recognizable mermaid in stage shows, parades, and meet and greets.

Attend Olive’s Session:
Keeping in Character – Mersona Acting Strategies

Craig and Abbi Lawrence are the masterminds behind FightGuy Photography. For almost 10 years, they’ve been working to deliver dramatic, dynamic photography. Whether it’s an event, a glamour session, or some family photos, FightGuy photography prides itself on being a premier photo session company, delivering not only fantastic images, but a fun, memorable experience for all involved.

Attend Fightguy’s Sessions:
Book a Photoshoot
Dry Photography and Modeling

Mermaid Charlotte has been an aquatic performer since 2017. She is a member of the Circus Siren Pod’s elite performance team – the Atlanteans, performing in casinos, at festivals, international venues, and event appearing on magazine covers.

In 2018 she began repairing, altering, and doing general maintenance work for the pods’ tails, eventually branching out on her own to repair tails for mermaids across the country. You can visit Mermaid Charlotte at her booth, The Siren’s Surgeon, in the vendor hall to discuss repairs or alterations to you tail today!

Attend Charlotte’s Sessions:
Mermaid Makeup and Styling
– Tail Repair Clinic (Bring your tail for basic repairs, repair kit included)

Kaitlin is the director of Cirque du Nuit/Alterra, a performance company that specializes in creating art and telling stories in unusual places, and is the showrunner and head developer for THICKETT, an interactive digital quest. She has traveled the world as an aerialist, mermaid, interactive performer, and, briefly, a pro-yo-yo-er. She enjoys excellent coffee and/or fancy cocktails, and has a cat named Loki, Destroyer of Worlds.

Attend Kaitlin’s Sessions:
Tricks in Tails
Creating Choreography

Leigh Targaryen is a Maryland based mermaid. Before she grew her tail, she has been a dancer, choreographer, instructor, and costume designer.

Attend Leigh’s Children’s Session:
Dancing in an Octopus’s Garden

Don has been part of the NAUI dive family for over 35 years. He is a NAUI scuba diving instructor and First Aid Instructor. He has been involved in the Mermaid industry for over 3 years as a Mermaid instructor and a nationally published underwater photographer. He has a passion and zeal for educating and sharing the world beneath the waves.

Learn more by visiting the NAUI booth in the Vendor Hall

Attend Don’s Sessions:
– NAUI Mermaid Certification – Level 1

Becky is a special effects makeup artist and silicone prosthetic sculptor. She graduated from cinema makeup school in Los Angeles and has over 15yrs of costuming and character entertaining experience. Her work has been featured nationwide in a variety of  magazines and media outlets. 

Attend Becky’s Sessions:
Mermaid Makeup and Styling
– Intro to Mold Making
– Intro to Working With Silicone (With Take Home Dragonskin Mercessory)

Mermaid Tasha is one of the Circus Siren Pod Atlanteans, Miss Mermaid Delaware 2019-2020, a correspondent and copy editor for Fins Magazine, and a Fin Fun Mermaid University mermaid instructor. Putting her Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola University to good use, Tasha owns Mermaid Tasha LLC and is excited to bring her business knowledge to aspiring entrepreneurs at MerMagic Con.

Attend Tasha’s Session:
Book a Photoshoot
“Find Your Flow”
Creating Your Business Plan

Silk has been a  merwrangler, ringmaster, barker, and fabricator to the Circus Siren Pod since it was founded: taking care of the most splediferos icthiosapiens ever. Since the beginning he was a the creator of many of the custom apparatus that made many of the gigs possible and a great deal easier to setup and breakdown, happily adjusting to the high standards that have made the Circus Siren Pod the go to for mermaids, circus acts and more. 

 

Silk’s work can be found throughout the country in the custom rolling tank stands he created for the pod, and the pirate himself can be found still protecting the mermaids of the pod to this day. 

Attend Silk’s Sessions:
Merwrangling 101
– Merwrangling 201
– Merwrangling 301

Lila Jones aka Mermaid Lila, is a marine biologist, dive instructor, and an owner of Aqua Performance Group and Mermaid Dream Retreats. She created certification standards for the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) to help promote safety within the mermaid industry.

Attend Lila’s Sessions:
Activism and Conservation (Panel)
– NAUI Mermaid Certification – Level 1

Eagle Scout, Licensed Boat Captain, former community theater actor, pirate re-enactor  and most importantly Head MerWrangler for CSP, Capt. Randy Ironman is one of the leads for the Operations Team at MMC.

 
Attend Randy’s Sessions:
Merwrangling 101
– Merwrangling 201
– Merwrangling 301