The recent TPA convention was obviously memorable  for me personally - not every day does one have the overwhelming and unexpected honor of being elevated to the foundation's Hall of Fame but

beyond that I thought it was an exceptional meeting. Your Friday night talk was one of the main


I've been to more TPA meetings than I could count over the last six decades, and I've never heard a

talk that better summed up what it means to be in our business. And the magic trick added a special


-Sarah Green, The Gilmer Mirror


Magician and Publisher

Your banquet keynote address last January had the audience on the edge of their seats. They did not miss a word and I observed each one dabbing their eyes either from laughing or crying. You’ve been to many Texas Press banquets in the years you have spent with our association and you know that a standing ovation is infrequent. So congratulations on bringing everyone to their feet following an outstanding presentation. You left us wanting to see some magic!

-Mike Hodges, Texas Press Association

From the time he ordered a magic catalog advertised in the back of Boy's Life magazine when he was in the second grade, Randy Keck was hooked on magic. A member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for more than 40 years, Randy is a member of the IBM's Order of Merlin, and the Order of Willard in the Texas Association of Magicians, where he served as president in 2008.

Randy has published The Community News in Aledo, Texas since 1995. In that time the newspaper has won numerous Texas Press Association Sweepstakes awards and first place in the  National Newspaper Association General Excellence category.

In 2016, Randy was elected treasurer of the Texas Press Association.

While he loves to perform magic shows, his presentation of "Lessons from Magic" is not a show, but a 20-minute motivational message of lessons he has learned from his life in magic, and how they have been applied in his life as a publisher.