About the Performers...
After literally spending years with his first magic book, The Complete Illustrated book of Card Magic, by Walter B. Gibson, Will Fern was fairly normal for the next 21 years. College degree, real jobs, and magic was a great hobby. Then, in 1992, at 28 years old, he decided to get a gig to hold him over between real jobs. He knocked on 38 different restaurant's doors, trying to convince them (read: begging them) to hire him to work the room on a given night to ply his magical trade as the house magician. The first that bit, after at first being kicked out for even approaching those establishments with the idea, was The Frog and The Peach in New Brunswick, NJ. He performed one trick for the owner, at around 3pm, and he told Will to come back at 6 to work the entire restaurant for the night. The restaurant had Will work for their top-shelf clientele for 3 years, every Friday and Saturday night. He learned 3 things. Be well dressed, be good, and don't get in the way. And if the customers ask you for a card, give it to them. That's the only marketing Will has done since. He was hired, based on Jim's testimonial, at several other restaurants, and the phone began to ring. Eventually, Will quit the day job (corporate sales) and pursued his dream. Will’s brother's wife is from Barbados and the couple had opened a restaurant there. Will visited them about a year after they opened. On his first night on the island, Will did a few tricks for his brother's guests, one of whom was the entertainment director of a large hotel. She invited Will to perform the following night at her hotel, and that started a nearly 5-year stint on the island. Will worked for around a dozen different resorts, hotels, and restaurants during that time but none were as much fun as his brother's little bistro on the water. ͞B4 Blues͟ was a magical little place that was perched over the Caribbean, featuring live blues 5 nights a week, and Will’s magic was there the other 2. Back to the States in 2000, and another stint at trying to be normal. After 18 months in sales, Will became bored again and then returned to magic. This time he lept in with both feet and set goals for entering new markets and making a professional salary with the art. It took a few years, but he got there. By 2004 Will was doing a couple hundred gigs a year. Eventually, Will found his legs on stage and put together a magic show that he was really proud of. Now Will can provide an even wider array of shows, and he also gets to travel quite a bit.
David Corsaro has been a part-time professional magician for over 21 years. Growing up in Northern New Jersey, he was lucky enough to befriend some of the greats in magic such as Herb Zarrow, Meir Yedid, Eric DeCamps and many others. These men helped to guide David in his path as a magician and gave him a respect for the history of magic. He went to Tannens Magic Camp in 1993 and 1994 before attending Rowan University where he later got his degree in Marketing. David is a past president of IBM Ring 113 and SAM Assembly 25. He has performed for the past 7 years at New York’s famous ͞Monday Night Magic͟ as a close-up performer, an emcee and even one of the three featured stage acts. He lectures for magic clubs and conventions all over the world and was named ͞MVP͟ of the Carolina Close-Up Convention (TRICS) in 2012. He has been a regular attendee of the Fechters Finger Flicking Frolic (4F) convention since 2007. In 2008, David combined his knowledge of magic with his 15 years of experience working in one of the top marketing agencies in the country to create ͞The Business of Being Awesome͟, a full marketing lecture specifically designed for the working magician. This lecture received a standing ovation at the Detroit Motor City Close-up Convention in 2011. David has also turned his love of magic into a web show called ͞Time to be Awesome͟ where he interviews some of the top magicians in our field and gets them to open up and tip valuable advice for the working pro (www.timetobeawesome.com.)Finally, and perhaps most importantly, David understands the power of magic and using it for the advancement of his community and country. He performs many charity and fundraising shows each year for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Lions International and many local animal shelters.
Rocco Silano, extraordinary sleight of hand artist and TV actor has been charming audiences around the world for many years with his unique style of magic. Legendary magician Harry Blackstone Jr. described Rocco as "The epitome of real magic". With movie star good looks, Silano carries with him all of the elements so crucial for "extraordinary magic". Poise, wit, charisma, and a European style of charm that is totally disarming, along with impeccable sleight of hand.This Paterson, NJ native says his magic career really began when he won the Golden Lion Award for stage and close-up magic from Siegfried & Roy at the Las Vegas Desert Seminar in 1986. Rocco is a two-time winner of the coveted Manhattan Association of Cabarets Award, and has been nominated nine times as “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts (the governing body of the Magic Castle) in four different categories. He has won the prestigious Merlin award twice and the Mandrake award once. Rocco is the only American to win awards at two FISM (Federacion Internacional Societes de Magique) World Tournaments, the most prestigious Magic Organization in the World; 1994 in Yokohama, Japan, and world’s "Most Original Magic Act" in 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden. Rocco has literally performed his way around the world from the Poly theatres in China, the Grace Kelly theatre in Monte Carlo, the Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris, France to venues in numerous other countries. He has appeared numerous times on the “Master’s of Illusion” TV series and has starred on VH1’s magic reality series “Celebracadabra”. In addition to American TV, Rocco has performed on International TV in countries from China to Spain to Italy to name just a few. He has performed for such luminaries as Michael Jackson, Muhammed Ali and Howard Stern, as well as for the Queen of England. Rocco has been performing regularly at Monday Night Magic in New York City and the Magic Castle in Hollywood California.
Meir Yedid has given a totally new interpretation to the phrase "sleight of hand." Disregarding the conventional accessories of the close-up magician, Meir’s nimble hands provide the setting and backdrop for a self-contained magic show. His original routine, "Finger Fantasies," garnered Meir worldwide acclaim and became a stepping stone for appearances and lectures in Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and the United States. He went on to publish the routine and has authored more than 10 books on conjuring. His television feature appearances include: Comedy Tonight (FOX-TV, U.S.A.), Paul Daniels Show (BBC-TV, Great Britain), Naruhodo the World (FUJI-TV, Japan), Luna de Verano (CSTV, Spain), Knoff Hoff Show (ZDFTV, Germany), Mind Over Matter (ACTV, U.S.A.), and dozens of other spots on news shows, talk shows, music videos, etc. His Broadway credits include: Mr. Bob’s Magical Holiday. Meir won the coveted Society of American Magicians 1981 Close-Up Magic Championship with his finger routine. Then a tragedy befell him that would have ended a magic career for nearly anyone else. In 1986, a car accident severed a third of his right hand, the hand used for the routine. After nine micro-surgeries and a year and a half of extensive therapy, Meir continues to amaze audiences with a refined sense of magical dexterity and buoyant resiliency. He again claimed the S.A.M. Close-Up Magic Championship, in 1988, although this time performing his trademark finger routine with his left hand. This made Meir the first person to win the award more than once. He also received a special originality medal for his creative contributions to the art of magic. Currently Meir resides in Fair Lawn, N.J., and operates Meir Yedid Magic, offering the magic community the highest quality, innovative effects, literature and videos from many of magic's leading creators. He consults with toy manufacturers, performs for corporate clients in a private setting or in trade show venues, devises original magic and has been an innovator in creating and implementing a strong magic presence on the world wide web. Meir was voted as The Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians in New York City and in 2003 he was the Guest Of Honor at the prestigious Fechter's Finger Flicking Frolic Convention.
Kevin Bethea is one of the most sought after corporate entertainers in the country. You may have seen him on CN8 - The Comcast Network on the "Your Morning" show. He was also a regular headliner at the Dickens Parlour Theatre located at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City and Monday Night Magic: New York's Longest Running Off-Broadway Magic Show. A native of New Jersey, Kevin is a full time professional magician/Illusionist with over 25 years of performing experience! He became interested in magic at the young age of seven when he first saw a movie about his soon-to-be childhood idol, Harry Houdini. It was then that a relative exposed him to the world of sleight of hand, and soon afterwards he received his first toy magic set. The "magic bug" had bitten him for good. Kevin began practicing on the neighborhood kids and was soon asked to entertain at birthday parties. Magic helped pay for his college education, and after graduating from Kean University with a BS degree in Computer Science, he continued to perform magic part-time at the local lounges and restaurants while at the same time perfecting his Close-Up Magic and Sleight-of-Hand skills. Since then, Kevin has won several awards in magic contests and has made numerous television appearances. Fortune 500 companies frequently utilize Kevin’s magic to help draw crowds to their trade show booths and entertain at various corporate functions. He has also made appearances in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and has been a featured performer at various prestigious national magic conventions such as Fechter’s Finger Flinging Frolics, Tannen’s Jubilee in New York City, Bob Little’s Super Sunday Magic and The Philadelphia East Coast Magic Spectacular. Kevin also regularly performs his close-up miracles at the world famous "Monday Night Magic", New York's longest running off-broadway magic show. Kevin has conducted lectures to other magicians and has had several of his original magic effects published in magic journals such as Apocalypse and Labyrinth. In 1988, Kevin was featured in a book called "A CAREER IN MAGIC" published by the Rosen Publishing Group. The book was distributed to elementary school libraries all across the country as part of their career planning series. Not only did it talk about how Kevin pursed his career in magic. Today, Kevin is in great demand to entertain with his award winning magic at private parties, corporate events, trade shows, wedding receptions, bar and bat mitzvahs, grand openings, restaurants, hotels, hospitality suites, and sales meetings across the country. He is currently a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.