Inspired by the movie Patch Adams, Yasu Ishida came to the United States to become a professional hospital clown. After graduating from the Chavez Studio of Magic (the most prestigious magic school in the world!), and getting an M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences, he has been enchanting audiences all over the country, from Disney Summer Stage Kids to Talkstory Festival in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Yasu beautifully imbues the essence of the Japanese culture into his work. He is an award-winning magician, storyteller, and director. He was granted the 2014 Don and Elizabeth Doyle fellowship by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. He is currently touring Hawai‘i as a featured performer for the 2017 National Library Week.