"A dazzling sleight-of-hand man"
The New York Times
"Swiss is widely thought to have one of the most masterly sleight-of-hand techniques in the world today .… like seeing Yo-Yo Ma practicing scales at Carnegie Hall"
The New Yorker
"Don't miss astonishing magician Jamy Ian Swiss!"
"The Kid Creole of Card Tricks … Swiss's humor is both visible and risible. He's suave, he's smooth … a superlative magician!"
The Washington Post Weekend
"Jamy brought a different perspective and focus to our conference. Once he made the decision to speak and host our Film Festival, he engaged with us fully in every way and actively looked for ways to participate and enhance our event. He made it his personal project to research not only our conference, but our entire industry and was at times more informed than we ourselves were. Jamy has incredible attention to detail, a great passion for his art, and can be counted on to deliver a sensational performance."
— Flash Forward Conference
"Jamy Ian Swiss is brilliant: one of the supreme virtuosos of magic, a great scholar, and able to thoughtfully relate it to the worlds of business. His presentations at the EG have been simply stunning."
— Michael Hawley, producer, EG: The Entertainment Gathering
"Jamy Ian Swiss was one of the most popular speakers we've ever had at the GEL conference. His presentation blended themes of marketing, design, history, psychology, performance, and ended with a custom-built experience that brought together a central takeaway of the entire event."
— Mark Hurst, producer, GEL conference
"This quintessential showman amazes us with his sleight of hand. Pulling people from the audience, he doesn't just have them pick a card, he has them think of one … a world expert on magic that truly entertains and boggles the mind as he practices 'expert sensory deception.’"
"Swiss's act was based on a number of card tricks, sleight of hand, and paranormal trickery that were beyond comprehension. His abilities of mind-reading and deception threw the audience into absolute disbelief. Using audience participation as a driving force for his act, Swiss used his unique abilities to astonish those fortunate, or unfortunate, enough to fall victim to his ability."
— Washington Square News
"The evening's entertainment not only captivated and delighted the delegates, but also amplifed the important messages from the previous days’ meetings. The tailoring and quality of your spoken presentation was exemplary, and is reflected in the top marks your work received in the conference feedback survey."
— Schlumberger Limited
"Then it was time for the last act, Jamy Ian Swiss, another member of the Monday Night Magic producer team. He pretty much promised to lie all night, then went ahead and did it, with an hour's worth of card tricks that held the audience rapt. 'I just want to say that it's been really fun lying to you tonight,' he announced after his final feat. 'After all,' he added, 'if you believed all this, you wouldn't be an audience. You'd be a congregation.' True – yet after the show, they seemed like a congregation. The room was now brimming with believers."
— Gannett - The Journal News
"His card and coin magic were seamless … dazzling!"
"The wonderful host of [Monday Night Magic, was] Jamy Ian Swiss … to me, this self-described 'honest liar' was worth the ticket price alone!"
"Jamy was a vital component in the success of our design conference. His ability to educate, entertain and challenge the thinking of the audience was unprecedented. Two months later and people are still referencing his talk. Magic, User Experience, Edward Tufte, Humor — how could any of this hang together and remain coherent? Well, Jamy made it all work seamlessly, and at a level that challenged the audience to think beyond their everyday world. He was a high point of our conference."
"I never saw anything like that! That was a sick trick!"
— Annie Duke, World Champion Poker Player
"Our afternoon with Jamy Ian Swiss gave the top creative staff at Electronic Arts a lot more than they bargained for. Jamy's passion for art — and passion for craft — are inspiring, and in particular his insightful connections between narrative and his own art cut to the core of some of the key creative questions in video games. Ours was a tough audience and he did not disappoint." — Electronic Arts
"Swiss delivered from the moment he arrived. He drew a great crowd and kept them on the edge of their seats. A consummate performer!"
— University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Many of our guests made a point to let me know how much they enjoyed your performance … a tremendous promotional tool … Your performance gave life to what otherwise may be have become another drab business cocktail affair.!"
— WTHU AM, Maryland
"Not only did you thoroughly entertain most of the 2800 guests with your unique style and creative presentation, but you left lasting impressions."
— Bay State Insurance
"I’ve got to tell you, I couldn't keep the Three of Diamonds out of my pocket. This guy is great … a great performer. He held the crowd spellbound!"
— Woodstock Times
"Professional magician Jamy Ian Swiss, who describes himself as "an honest liar," is one confirmed skeptic with a finely tuned sense of the absurd."
— The Washington Post-Style
"Dizzying routines that will make your jaw drop!"
"Wanted to thank you for all of your help, hard work, and professionalism at this year's CMP Media's Comdex booth in Las Vegas. You came through 110%. You delivered the crowds, you worked them to perfection, you learned and understood the client's business and you incorporated the right mixture of comedy and business into your performance to make this year's show CMP's best and most successful. I guess what really impressed me the most was the untiring energy you brought to making this project the best it could be. I couldn't have done it without you!"
— Electric Arts, Inc.
"You’re freakin’ me out."
The Today Show
"Jamy Ian Swiss makes one understand what a terrifying art form pure sleight of hand can be. He is James Bond with a deck of cards for a pistol."
Penn & Teller
"I have the rare and most excellent honor of being able to call Jamy Ian Swiss my good friend. I have learned much from my association with him: that I can still be fooled, repeatedly it seems; that watching impossible things happen in front of me makes me laugh uncontrollably; and finally, that secret arts and mystery still have an important and vital role to play in the world."
Adam Savage, Mythbusters
Magician Jamy Ian Swiss explains the art of teaching and preserving "old school" tricks, and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik talks about what the future holds for the magic industry.
Listen to Jamy's interview on the www.pointofinquiry.org podcast about the intersection between magic, reason, pseudo-science, and the paranormal.
The New Yorker Magazine's Adam Gopnik talks about the future of magic and compares the magician's art to the writer’s craft. A companion piece to the 14-page essay featuring Jamy.
See Jamy Ian Swiss in national TV appearances including on The Today Show and more