Whit McMahan portrays President Abraham Lincoln in the first person for all age groups and has been a life member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters since 2004.
Being a Lincoln impersonator/actor appears to be his divine gift, since he was interested in Lincoln, making trips to his birthplace, long before he ever grew to look like him. He does not compare himself to other Lincoln Presenters, since each is uniquely talented and respectful of one another's approach. While there is no correct way to portray Lincoln, Whit has traced his footsteps in Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky for years and presents his character in his own special way. Visit also: abelincolnportrayals .com
Price Range: $125 for presentations, $175 for all day events
Gig Length: 40 - 45 minutes
Unions: Abraham Lincoln Presenters
What to Expect
Since 2003, I have been been bringing the Sixteenth President back to life through his wisdom and humor. "Life of Lincoln", my adult program, includes a story of President Abraham Lincoln's life through the war years and tragic end at Ford's Theater. I have designed my adult talks to entertain, educate, and motivate listeners. I will also add period music and patriotic decor. My children's presentations are adapted for age four and up, including an illustration of period toys.
Since my childhood, I have been an admirer of the Sixteenth American President, known as the Great Emancipator. Born in the old county of Jefferson Davis' birth in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, I made stops throughout my youth at Abraham Lincoln's birthplace near Hodgenville, Kentucky whenever our family visited the region. I'm not sure why I liked to visit so often, but it seemed like a nice, serene place.
yet the story doesn't end here ...
After receiving my B. S. degree and growing a beard in 1991, I began to be teased about my actual resemblance to the former President. My destiny as a presenter then seemed written in the stars. Over a decade later, I began developing a speech dressed in character as Lincoln, which I presented on July 4th, 2003. The following year, I joined the Association of Lincoln Presenters and became a lifetime member of that organization.
I can portray President Lincoln in the first person for all age groups. Throughout the years, I have visited retirement centers, schools, battle fields, libraries, and more. Please send me an invite and I'll be glad to put on a good show.
Additional Booking Notes
I generally do my presentations on Mondays and Fridays, with Saturday as a backup day. However, I can also accommodate other schedules if arranged in advance. I generally present in Middle Tennessee.
No stage required, just a large gathering area.
Sound system furnished.
Patriotic decor furnished (34 star flag, fans, garland).
Need a table (5-6 feet in length) to set up my display of materials.
Need private access to the area 1:15 minutes early in order to set up.
Need someone to read an introduction and press a start button on my audio unit to begin the program music. I will provide the introduction and operate the music during the program.
Past Booked Events
|February 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Dinner Party|
I use recorded period music during my presentations. The songs I typically include are:
Gentle Annie (Stephen Foster)
Hail to the Chief
Lincoln and Liberty
Ashokan Farewell (20th century)
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
Battle Cry of Freedom
God Bless America (20th century)
Influences & Inspiration
I have been inspired by the many members of the Association of Lincoln Presenters, an organization of men and women dedicated to bringing Abraham and Mary Lincoln to life.
I have made over one hundred appearances, including 40 retirement centers, 12 conventions, 12 festivals, and a few forts, libraries, and schools.
A 4 or 5 foot long table
Electrical outlet nearby
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