What is a Manhattan Magician? Houdini was one.
It would seem that any prestidigitator who resided, resides or even performs in the Big Apple is a Manhattan Magician. But in actuality a Manhattan Magician is a symbol. It’s a symbol of the magic art, yes, but it also represents a way of life. This way of life is to reach for the stars and sometimes even touch them.
The Irony of Being a Manhattan Magician
Manhattan Magicians are people of integrity because a Manhattan Magician makes it known that what she or he is doing are actually “tricks” and no claim is being made that it is real magic. Or to put it a different way, Manhattan Magicians dislike fraudulent psychics who use the tool box of the Manhattan Magician to fool people and convince them that they actually have mystical powers.
World of Magic Imagination
A Manhattan Magician recognizes that the performances she or he does are for entertainment purposes only. There are no claims as to the work being real magic. But ironically, if we let ourselves suspend our disbelief the mere tricks of a Manhattan Magician can transport us to another world, a world of imagination. This world of imagination is the creative place that Manhattan Magician creators create from.
The Art of Being a Manhattan Magician
The art of the Manhattan Magician actually borrows from other art forms. The Manhattan Magician is in a sense an actor playing the role of a magician. The words that are spoken by a Manhattan Magician are often written by the performer her or himself which makes the person doing so a writer. Additionally, the Manhattan Magician is a director who assesses and directs her or himself by practicing in front of a mirror.
Manhattan Magicians and Other Vocations
The fact that a Manhattan Magician is really an actor/writer/director is why magicians have been known to explore other aspects of show business and are successful doing it. Some of the most famous and respected directors such as Orson Welles were also Manhattan Magicians.
Manhattan Magicians Making a Difference
Additionally, Manhattan Magicians make a difference in society which is why they offer their services for free for children’s hospitals and other venues that need help. Manhattan Magicians can also be nominated for Platinum PIAs which is the annual awards show that since 2010 has been recognizing artists who are making a difference in their communities and around the world.
Anyone Can Be a Manhattan Magician
In short, no matter what part of the world you live in or are from, you too can be a Manhattan Magician. New York City is known internationally as one of the greatest cities in the world. It is the part of the globe that the artisticpreneurs who created this website live and work.
The Magic of Manhattan Magicians will never die and we hope that like Houdini, you’ll be one too…
Bio of the Founder of ManhattanMagician.com
The founder of the blog ManhattanMagician.com goes by the stage name “Manhattan Magician.” He was a semi-pro conjurer from ages 8 to 18 performing at birthday parties, banquets, public performances etc. He was fortunate in getting considerable media coverage in the small California town where he spent much of his childhood. At 16 he wrote, directed and acted in a multimedia magic show with a storyline and cast of characters. Also at 16 he went on tour as the assistant to legendary magician Ralph Adams which culminated with him getting swords stuck through him at Tannen Magic Jubilee in the Catskill Mountains. At 18, while apprenticing at a Hollywood movie studio, he created a feature length Super 8 film about a magician facing the forces of evil that featured his mentor’s famous son. As an adult, his magic experience includes filming, editing and consulting for a magical kids show at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He has also formed a theater company called Magic Neighbors that performs magic tales integrating magic tricks at branches of the New York Public Library including Inwood, Morrisania, Grand Central and Columbus. He has a B.A. in Digital Media Entrepreneurship and is currently in graduate school getting a Masters Degree in Arts Management. He has a blog at ManhattanMagician.com and presently works professionally as a web designer, digital marketer and blogger, managing a multitude of sites for both clients and inhouse. These days, when working with clients, he brings his performing arts background to the table. The influence of this can be seen in Manhattan Magician’s motto and belief that “There’s no business that’s not in show business.” Plus, he not only can juggle clients but he can also juggle three balls while riding a unicycle. Additionally he is a member of the Society of American Magicians. And finally, as a long time New Yorker (since 1988) he now lives in Inwood, Manhattan with his wife and young daughter just a few blocks away from the home where Bess Houdini spent the last years of her life after her husband, Harry, died.