Why am I a magician: Justin Willman at TEDxVeniceBeach
The Los Angeles Times calls magician and TV personality Justin Willman, “a new breed of entertainer.” From his monthly sell-out shows in the back LA’s trendy Meltdown Comics to huge theaters and music venues across the country, Justin has become one of the busiest touring performers in America. His comedy flavored miracles have earned him a devoted cult following as well as regular television appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Sweet-toothed frosting fans will recognize Justin as the magical host of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network for the past nine seasons, he’s also the new host of Win, Lose or Draw, premiering in 2014 on the Disney Channel. However his greatest trick to date was receiving a standing ovation from President Obama following a private performance at the White House. How did he do it? Magnets. He does not own a rabbit.
Misdirection: Sam Fitton at TEDxLancasterU
An award winning magician and mentalist, Sam became interested in magic at an early age and quickly learnt the tricks of the trade. After obtaining a degree in Biology and serving 2 years as a police officer Sam decided to pursue his dream of performing magic. Sam now specialises in close up magic and mentalism and has entertained thousands of people across the UK.
TEDxIowaCity – Nate Staniforth – Creating Astonishment
What is it about magic and magicians that draws us in? What makes us suspend and challenge our perception of reality? In this TEDx Talk Magician Nate Staniforth shares his passion for using illusion to create a feeling of astonishment and amazement, and how vital this emotion is to the human condition.
Seeing beyond the illusion of knowledge: Jason Latimer at TEDxWallStreet
Jason Latimer has spent his entire life wondering about one question, “What is possible?” In the pursuit of answering that childhood question, Latimer’s ongoing education spans multiple fields of science including mathematics, applied physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology, and economics. Jason’s research, work, and performances have ushered in entirely new genre of magic and illusion for the twenty-first century rooted in applied sciences. “…The secret to bringing impossible situations to life is wonder. …Wonder is the first step in the evolution of science, mathematics, art, medicine, and everyday life. Wonder changes the world. It makes us challenge what we know… I didn’t become a magician to trick anyone. I want to inspire wonder.” — Jason Latimer
Today, Latimer has stolen the spotlight on multiple occasions as “one of magic’s most gifted creators” (Genii Magazine). Latimer’s imagination has developed a style of magic on an unprecedented level. With seventeen consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual, the title of “The Grand Prix ‘Best Overall’ World Champion of Magic,” and the title of series champion of the BBC One’s six live specials, “The Magicians,” Jason has globally raised the bar to the classic paradigms of magic.
With numerous international television specials and appearances, Latimer has captivated audiences by offering live effects such as shaping water into objects then popping them, bending light with his bare hands, levitating liquids, animating drawings on his skin, forming smoke, teleporting people through time and space, and countless other jaw dropping effects. Latimer’s infectious love for the unknown is inspiring millions around the world to join in and ask, “What is possible?”
“Jason Latimer is standing the magic world on its head.” – Los Angeles Times
“One of the superstars of tomorrow.” – Daily News
“With Latimer, the future of magic is in good hands.” -Siegfried & Roy
“The greatest magician working today.” – Parade Magazine