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SAM 2016 Performers

   

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Stan Allen ( Convention Guest of Honor, Interview )

By any measure, Stan Allen is one of the most influential figures in magic in the past 50 years. Performer, publisher, entrepreneur, he has touched the lives of every S.A.M. member. Stan grew up in Southern California, part of a unique teenage magic club called the Long Beach Mystics. He was a full-time comedy magician for the better part of the ’70s and ’80s, working comedy clubs and cruise ships. For eight years, he was an exclusive entertainer for Princess Cruises, working both at sea, as well as performing for the marketing division on land. In 1985, Stan began Inside Magic, an eight-page monthly newsletter that quickly gained an international following. In 1991, the little newsletter morphed into a full-color, glossy monthly — MAGIC Magazine. In August of 2016, Stan will produce the twenty-fifth anniversary MAGIC Live! gathering in Las Vegas.

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David Corsaro (Lecture, Thursday Close-up, Friday Gala Show)

With a degree in Marketing, David is the "go to guy" for getting your name out there. You've probably seen him at the Carolina Close-Up Convention, Monday Night Magic in New York City,  as well as Fechter's 4F gathering. His very popular web show Time to be Awesome features magicians with sage advice. Don't miss his creative close-up routines.

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Rocco Silano (Lecture, Thursday Close-Up, Friday Gala Show)

Rocco Silano, extraordinary sleight of hand artist and TV actor has been charming audiences around the world for many year 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. 

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Kevin Bethea (Thursday Close-Up Show)

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.

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Will Fern (Lecture, Thursday Close-Up, Friday Gala Show)

"I can't deny it...I'm a lucky guy.  I'm what a wanted to be when I was 7 years old.  I took a crazy route to get here, but I ultimately listened to my inner 3rd grader, and that's made all the difference." Will's talent has taken him from local restaurants,to several resorts and hotels in Barbados, to corporate hospitality suites all around the country, over to Europe, Russia, down to New Zealand, and even to Hollywood, at the world famous Magic Castle. His personality and talent are mesmerizing.

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Meir Yedid (Lecture, Thursday Close-Up, Life Member Breakfast Speaker)

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. 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.

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Keith Stickley (Wednesday Gala Show)

Keith’s credits include three tours in Hong Kong, five years as an official magician representing ConAgra (over 200 performances), many years of experience in outdoor fair / festival entertainment, and corporate and trade show events for some of the largest automotive, pharmaceutical, marketing, and gaming organizations in the United States and abroad.
Keith's Las Vegas credits include a run at Fitzgerald's Casino, featured in the review show "Two Girls and a Guy," followed by five months of performances at the Flamingo, Las Vegas. His tours take him to over 60 cities throughout the U.S. annually. Other appearances include concerts featuring The Neville Brothers and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as appearing on TV for the Children's Miracle Network.

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Stuart MacDonald (Wednesday Gala Show)

In 1982, Stuart won the Society of American Magician's national competition. Stu ended his competitive career when he qualified for the World Championships of Magic (F.I.S.M) in Madrid Spain. Stu's show dominated the college market. The show played to well over 1000 colleges and was nominated campus variety entertainer of the year. Stu now tours venues from corporate to casinos, performing arts series, theaters, universities, conventions and trade shows. The Magic Stu high energy act is a one of a kind and to boot he's quite funny.

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Gene Anderson (Lecture, Wednesday Gala Show)

Gene discovered magic at age eight when an uncle showed him a coin trick. He was captivated then, but he became truly hooked the day he first heard applause for his own performance. Magic has held a life-long passion for him ever since, and he has now performed magic professionally in 21 countries on six continents. Gene was awarded seven first-prize trophies in magic competitions for stage, comedy, close-up and originality, he has been on the covers of GENII and THE LINKING RING magazines, and he was nominated for two Academy Awards by the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. He is a past board member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world's largest magical organization, and he is proud to be one of only six performers honored as lifetime members of the Magic Circle of Norway. Among his many magical writings, his book "Newspaper Magic," now in its eleventh printing, is one of the best selling ever! Gene is also a professional speaker, and he often incorporates a bit of magic into his speaking presentations.

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Keith Fields (Lecture, Wednesday Gala Show)

Magic to some is a hobby, to others a career, for Keith it is a passion. For over 30 years he has been performing, writing, inventing and sharing his passion with others.  He has written several books on magic and performance techniques.  He has a readership of thousands for his magazine articles, blogs and mail lists. He is a regular performer at magic conventions around the world and he still finds time to do several lecture tours every year. Keith has always been a very funny performer so comedy clubs were an obvious next step. He quickly became a headline act and found work all over the UK, most of Europe, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UAE, and many other exotic places.  He went on to be crowned Club Entertainer of the Year with a first prize of a series of gigs in the USA.  That was his first trip across The Pond. He won the coveted title of Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the year and was made a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star.

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Greg Irwin (Lecture, Friday Gala Show)

As the founder of Hand Health Unlimited, Greg knows finger flicking. You may have seen him with Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, or watched his finger exercise DVD on hand health for musicians and musicians. He is also a very entertaining stage performer. Anyone that witnesses Greg's skills always gives him a thumbs up!

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Michael Dubois (Friday Gala Show)

At the age of four, Michael watched his first Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus and he knew what he wanted to do the rest of his life. Juggler, Acrobat, Magician, he does it all in his Solo Circus. A frequent guest on night time shows like The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman, his high energy show will keep you on the edge of your seats.

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Viktoria Grimmy (Friday Gala Show)

Performing since the age of three, she is a fifth generation circus performer. Aerialist, Contortionist, Hula Hoop Artist, Juggler, Viktoria keeps busy! You may have seen her in the film Burlesque. Perhaps you were dazzled by her in Broadway's Pippin. She appeared with Brittany Spears in her Circus Tour.

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Mike Caveney (Lecture, Saturday Gala Show, Interview Stan Allen)

Mike Caveney has performed professionally for over forty years and each of his original routines is perfectly suited to his dry comedic wit. He is a member of the most prestigious group of magicians in the world, The Inner Magic Circle of London, England. He was voted STAGE MAGICIAN OF THE YEAR by the members of Hollywood's Magic Castle. Mike's talents have taken him from Japan to Russia, from Monte Carlo to Borneo, Australia, China, throughout Europe and most of the 50 States. On television, Mike was named one of the NEW VAUDEVILLIANS and the Hollywood Reporter described him as, "...one of the funniest magicians in America." Mike has performed on the legendary Orient Express, at the World Congress of Magic in China and Japan, the Sydney Arts Festival in Australia, the world famous London Palladium and was featured on A&E's Story of Magic and NBC's The World's Greatest Magic special.

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Tina Lenert (Lecture, Saturday Gala Show)

Tina is a magician, mime and harpist. She has performed worldwide and is known for combining elements of pantomime and magic. For many years she has been a regular performer at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, where she has been voted Stage Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts. Combining her talents on stage, she always leaves the audience spellbound.

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Martin Cox (Saturday Gala Show)

"I could tell you that I’ve been the British Magic Champion of Comedy, a member of Fechter's (a very posh, invitation only convention for the top 250 close up magicians in the world). I could even tell you that I'm a member of the prestigious Magic Circle and have also performed there countless times as well as the Magic Castle in Hollywood.....but I won't. Instead I want to let you know that I perform some mind-blowing tricks and you may laugh so much you'll have a little accident."

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Christopher Hart (Lecture, Saturday Gala Show)

Working in Hollywood gave Hart the opportunity to meet and perform before the likes of Michael Jackson, Johnny Carson, Muhammad Ali, and Harry Anderson. As Hart's reputation grew he soon came to the attention of David Copperfield for whom Hart first worked as a Magic Roadie. Impressed with Hart's knowledge and expertise in the field of magic, Copperfield continued to use him on several more live and television shows, including the Great Wall of China special. His sleight-of-hand magic has been featured in national television commercials for McDonald's, Honda and RCA. He has twice been awarded "Stage Magician of the Year" by Hollywood's Magic Castle, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally awarded him the top prize at the "Grand Prix Magique" held in Monte Carlo. If his hands look familiar, it's because they played the part of Thing in the Addams Family Movie.

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Harrison Greenbaum (Friday Late Night Comedy, Saturday Gala Show)

Harrison also headlines comedy clubs around the country, including sold-out shows at TBS Just for Laughs Chicago and the legendary Carolines on Broadway (leading Punchline Magazine to name Harrison one of the “Breakout Artists” of the year).  Harrison has also been featured in a wide variety of national and international publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and CNBC.com. Harrison's one-man show, Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened?, debuted at the legendary New York comedy hotspot, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, before commencing an Off-Broadway run and international tour. Harrison is a talented comedy writer as well.  He is a nationally published author (with selections printed in the books, 50 Successful Harvard Essays, 2nd ed., and How They Got Into Harvard) and has been a writer for MAD Magazine since 2005... and he does astounding magic.

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David Kaplan (Saturday Gala Show)

Kevin Heller and Robin (Saturday Gala Show)

Kevin Heller, along with his wife Robin, present a performance that has been described as more than a magic show! As two real world workers in the magic industry they bring class and grace to the stage with their classical style of magical entertainment. The duo has spent the last 20 years performing their show Midway of Magic at fairs and festivals around the country. From the smallest banquet rooms to the largest grandstands, theaters and many magic conventions around the country, Kevin and Robin have also presented their dazzling style of entertainment for just about every other kind of event you can imagine.

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Franz Harary (Lecture)

In 1983 Harary's career skyrocketed when he sent a videotape "cold" to superstar Michael Jackson. The material so impressed the singer that a quick meeting was arranged and Harary found himself the designer of all of the illusions Jackson utilized for the famous 1984 "Jackson's Victory Tour." Since working with Jackson, Harary's credits have come to read like a veritable who's who of today's pop music industry. His clients include Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, Tina Turner, Earth, Wind and Fire as well as countless others. Harary’s own illusion show, Imagine Nation, is the largest touring illusion show in the world and continues to play to sell out crowds across Asia and the Far East.

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Joe Rindfleisch (Workshop, Thurs. Close up)

Joe is known as a pioneer in the field of rubber band magic. His new rubber band effects are visual foolers and have helped to revitalize the interest in rubber band magic. In addition, Joe has traveled the world teaching not only his incredible rubber band effects but also hundreds of published close-up effects using cards and coins. Joe received a standing ovation at the 2016 4F invitation only convention last month and after you see his performance AND hands-on workshop, you will understand why. 

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Jamie D. Grant (Workshop)

As one of MAGIC Magazines contributing writers for almost a decade, Jamie D. Grant has written articles, stories, features, and covers for the MAGIC Magazine, but his own story is one that has to be seen to be believed. Performer, author, creator, inspirational speaker, and artist, Jamie will be speaking about the subject that recently got him into Ripley's Believe It Or Not, for the second time; the art of memory and how it can be applied to the memorization of playing cards.

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Aaron Radatz (Wednesday Gala Show)

At the age of 18, Radatz’s expertise and devotion to his craft provided him with a global audience: a center stage performance with the Chrysler Corporation and entertaining at their New Car Announcement show in San Francisco, CA. Two years later, Radatz earned the title of being the youngest magician to headline a casino production at Casino Magic Biloxi, MS. Today, Aaron Radatz is the newest star to hit the magic entertainment scene. He has studied with many of the masters of magic including Harry Blackstone, Jr. (the only magician to have apprenticed with the great Mr. Blackstone).

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Bruce Kalver (SAMtalk Tech Talk)

Marking his 50th year of performing, Bruce Kalver is well known in the magic world for taking a spiral and making his head shrink and grow. Because he is an absolute fan of technology, he writes the very popular M-U-M column, Tech Tricks. His Tech Talks are always popular at conventions as you never know what he will pull out of his backpack of gadgets. He is proud to have been the S.A.M  National President in 2008-09. Bruce is currently the Tech Advisor and Webmaster for the Society.

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Michael Close (Contest, Banquet, Restaurant Workers Championship, PNP Farewell Party)

Michael Close has a worldwide reputation in the magic community as an author, a creator, a performer, and a consultant. He has been a student of the conjuring arts for over fifty years, and has been performing professionally since 1978. His specialty is sleight-of-hand, close-up magic, but he also has extensive experience in stand-up magic. He has lectured and performed for audiences around the world. Michael is currently the editor of M-U-M, the magazine of The Society of American Magicians, a position he has held for eight years.

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