2022 Speakers

Anna Capps 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
-PADI Basic Freediver Certification

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)

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 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.

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

Jasmine is a member of the Circus Siren Pod where she specializes as an underwater makeup artist. 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:
– Underwater Makeup

Jessica Gramc, better known as mermaid Cetea is an Ohio-based diver and artist. She has been performing with a weight belt for 2 years, mastering its use in performance for buoyancy control. In addition to being a professional mermaid, she is SCUBA certified to use weight belts safely.

Attend Cetea’s Session:
Weight belt basics

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

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)

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

Merman Icarus has been part of the Merfolk community since 2018. He is a passionate maker aimed at creating unique Mercessories to add flare to any mersona. He was crowned MerKing two years in a row in his home state of California.
Attend Icarus’s Session:
– Diversity in Mermaiding

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

Charlotte Towne, Esq. has been practicing entertainment, trademark and copyright law since 2009. She has experience teaching mermaid classes to kids and adults and has been performing for several years as a professional mermaid. Charlotte recently rebranded to The Mermaid Lawyer®️ and her marketing has made quite the splash!  

Attend Charlotte’s Sessions:
Contracts in the Mermaid Industry
– Trademarks and Copyrights: How To Protect Your Treasure!

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.

Attend Charlotte’s Sessions:
What’s in a Tail
– Intro to Tail Repair
– Tail Repair Clinic (Bring your tail for basic repairs, take-home repair kit included)

Kaitlin is the director of 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

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:
– Intro to Working With Silicone (With Take Home Dragonskin Mercessory)

Hannah, The Virginia Mermaid, has been mermaiding professionally since 2014 and has become known as a bit of a chameleon with her many mermaid centered character transformations. From celebrity mermaid mashups to original mermaid character concepts, Hannah’s love for costuming, history, and a good theme continuously pushes the boundaries of what we expect to see from a professional mermaid.

Attend Hannah’s Session:
Wig Wearing 101

Meadow Perry is an American magician and actress.

She performs her original Bubble Magic Show nationwide for organizations, and internationally for festivals and corporations. She studied Theater at Ball State University and Meadow is a current student at Jeff McBride’s Magic and Mystery school, learning from top entertainers in the industry.

Meadow is also a member of the Society of American Magicians, The International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Association of International Bubble Artists. Meadow has a unique, elegant style that brings a touch of sophistication to any event, even when on the virtual screen. Meadow has performed for top companies like Amazon, Make a Wish Foundation, MITRE, The Institute for Advance Study at Princeton, Lincoln Financial Group, Bustle Digital Group and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. 

Attend Meadow’s Session:
Bubble U

 

Nick and Amanda have been performing and teaching circus as a duo for over 5 years! Nick in an E-RYT 200 yoga instructor and certified corrective exercise specialist while Amanda teaches aerial arts and acrobatics a local circus school. This dynamic duo fell in love over circus arts and are passionate about teaching and spreading the joy of acro and human connection.

Attend Vertical Axis’s Sessions:
Acro Yoga For Friends With Feet

The Co-founder of MerMagic Con, Morgana is also the creator of the Circus Siren Pod, a world renown team of international mermaid performers. 

Morgana began mermaiding in 2012 as an additional skill to add to her robust portfolio of circus arts. By 2015 her mermaiding bookings surpassed those of her primary art form, aerial dance, and became her new focus. In 2016 Morgana founded the Circus Siren Pod, the mermaid arm of her company Circus Siren Entertainment. 

 Morgana has installed annual tank shows in Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, with more sates coming in 2022. A recognized expert in the budding field of Mermaid Tanks, she also teaches an online seminar on how to create an manage a mobile tank show. 

Today Morgana’s work is featured across the globe in articles from the Washington Post, CNN, and Voice of America in addition to her company’s and live events. 

(Morgana is available for press interviews. Please email mermagicconpress@gmail.com to schedule)

Attend Morgana’s Session:
– Mermaid Mentoring Coffee Q&A

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

Katja is a professional mermaid and aerialist the specializes in integrating acrobatic tricks across her specialties.

 
Attend Katja’s Sessions:
– Tricks in Tails
– Creating Choreography

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


Collaborators Justin Lutsky and the team at Creatwell Underwater have combined forces to develop SUBMERGE: A unique set of underwater modeling experiences offered year round in diverse and unique aquatic environments. From our themed studio pool sets, to the untamed beauty of the Florida Springs, and the grandeur of warm tropical ocean waters, we’ll take you on a submersive modeling adventure unlike any other.

Attend Submerge Underwater’s Sessions:
– Submerge Underwater Modeling Workshop

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. In 2019-2020, she was crowned Miss Mermaid Texas, and is the reigning Miss Mermaid Arizona.

On land, Michelle is an attorney at May, Potenza, Baran and 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. 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:
– Fin Fitness
– Dolphin Kick Technique Clinic

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

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

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