Out of 90,000 performers, Connor Doran landed in the top 12 on NBC’s America's Got Talent 2010 with his indoor kite flying routine. This feat alone makes him a stand out, but what captured the heart of America, was Connor’s courageous tale of coping with epilepsy and the bullying by his peers that resulted from his seizures. According to Connor, flying helped him escape the harsh realities of the stigma associated with the epilepsy. “Before this whole thing, I was kind of a nobody--I felt invisible. But I don’t feel that way anymore.”
Connor began flying 3 years ago with the help of his mother, Amy, and support from some of the best kite pilots in the world. In this short amount of time he has won several competitions including The Windless Kite Festival in Long Beach, Washington; the 2009 and 2010 Indoor North West Sport Kite Championship, and a top three title in the 2010 AKA Grand National Championships in Seaside Oregon.
He has performed in The Mystic Canyons show by Aerial Experience Productions, and at the Moody Gardens AT&T Production of Imagine Christmas in Galveston, Texas. This full production sold out 11 shows and included beautiful music, a full stage production, Aerialists, and a full cast of performers.
Connor is a proud epilepsy advocate, who shares his story to shed light on this common neurological condition that affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide. He developed the Dare to Dream Team to raise money to support Epilepsy Awareness and has shared his love of kiting from San Diego, to Indiana, to Canada over this past year.
An 18 year old senior from Bend, Oregon, Connor also enjoys playing Trombone in the advanced Jazz Band at Mountain View High School.