Magic: Illusion Design, Writing, Consulting & Lecturing

  • Head Writer & Associate Director, The Virtual Magician starring Marco Tempest (aired more than 50 countries)
  • Creator/Producer/Writer, Cracking the Cons (Discovery Channel).
  • Comedy Writer & Chief Magic Designer, Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular (FX Network, 24 episodes)
  • Co-Producer, Monday Night Magic - McGinn/Cazale Theatre, New York, NY
  • Co-Author, The Art of Magic, companion book to PBS documentary (GPG Publishing, 1998)
  • Co-Author with Edward Tufte of Explaining Magic (chapter) in the book, Visual Explanations (Graphics Press, 1997)
  • Creative Consultant to Penn & Teller's book, How to Play With Your Food
  • Magic Consultant to the United Artists feature film, The Fantasticks, directed by Michael Ritchie
  • Magic Consultant to the feature film, Highball, directed by Noah Baumbach
  • Magic Consultant to Rolling Stone magazine, Smashing Pumpkins photo feature by Mark Seliger
  • Author of eleven books and monographs on magic for magicians; contributor to numerous anthologies and periodicals.
  • Columnist (book reviewer) for GENII, The International Conjuror's Magazine
  • Lecturer before thousands of magicians throughout North America, Europe and Japan.
  • Nominated as Lecturer of the Year, Academy of Magical Arts & Sciences (Magic Castle) Hollywood, CA

Television Appearances

  • The Today Show, NBC-TV (Repeat appearances, 2001 & 2002)
  • Wall Street Journal Report, WNBC-TV, NY
  • The Art of Magic, PBS Documentary
  • Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular, FX Channel
  • Grand Illusions: the Story of Magic, 25-part documentary, Discovery Channel (Canada)
  • 48 Hours, CBS News
  • Sonya Live, CNN
  • Nova, PBS
  • Mark Walberg Show, FOX-TV, NY
  • Live at Five, WCBS-TV, NY
  • Midday Live, FOX-TV, NY
  • Weekend Today, WNBC, NY
  • Good Morning America NY, WABC, NY
  • Night After Night, Comedy Central
  • Clinton Comedy Telethon, Comedy Central
  • Houdini, Learning Channel (Library of Congress)

Industrial: Trade Shows & Hospitality Suites, Banquets, Meetings, etc.

  • Newtek, Austin, TX [Siggraph, San Diego]
  • CMP Media, Inc., New York, NY [COMDEX, Las Vegas]
  • Shufflemaster, Las Vegas, NV [International Gaming Expo, Las Vegas]
  • Uniden Corp., Fort Worth, TX [Intnl. Wireless Comm. Conf., Las Vegas]
  • Cybermedia, Inc., Los Angeles, CA [PC Expo, Javitz Center, NYC]
  • XYZT Computer Dimensions, New York, NY [Laptop Expositions Show, Chicago]
  • Jantzen Swimwear, New York, NY [Fashion Show, NYC]
  • Fleet Bank, New York, NY [U.S. Special Olympics, CT]
  • Schlumberger Ltd., [Knowledge Management Conference, Cambridge,UK; InterChange Management Forums, London, UK & Greenwich, CT]
  • Citibank, New York, NY
  • American Express, New York, NY
  • Chemical Bank, New York, NY
  • Burson Marsteller, New York, NY
  • Engelhard Corporation
  • Lehman Brothers
  • Prudential Insurance Co.
  • WNET-Channel 13, New York, NY
  • Dentsu, Inc., New York, NY
  • Gannett Publication, New York, NY
  • Playboy Enterprises, Inc., New York, NY
  • Warner Music International, Boston, MA
  • Apple Computer, Cambridge, MA
  • IBM Great Britain, London, England
  • Fisons Pharmaceuticals, Rochester, NY
  • Lego Corporation, Tarrytown, NY
  • Midwest Stock Exchange, Chicago, IL
  • AT&T, Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Times Square Business Improvement District, New York, NY

Speaking Appearances

  • EG: The Entertainment Gathering, Monterey, CA
  • Serious Play: Art Center Design Conference, Pasadena, CA
  • Flash Forward Conference, San Francisco, CA
  • Adobe Distinguished Lecture Series, San Jose, CA
  • Electronic Arts, Los Angeles, CA
  • Intuit Inside/Out design conference, San Francisco, CA
  • Publicis, USA, New York, NY
  • Schlumberger, Ltd., Cambridge, UK; Greenwich, CT, New York, NY
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC [Masters of Magic series]
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC [Science and Pseudoscience series)
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Sigma Xi, Maryland
  • Society of Applied Spectroscopy, Washington, DC
  • National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Edward Tufte Information Design Seminars, New York, NY; Boston, MA

Cabaret & Nightclubs

  • Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, New York, NY
  • The Rainbow Room, New York, NY
  • Caesars Palace (Caesars Magical Empire), Las Vegas, NV
  • Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, NE
  • Improvisation, Chicago, IL
  • Garvin's Comedy Clubs, Washington, DC
  • Funny Firm, Chicago, IL
  • NCL Sunward II, Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Monday Night Magic at the Sullivan Street Playhouse, New York, NY
  • Lone Star Cafe, New York, NY
  • Mostly Magic, New York, NY
  • Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA
  • Inn of Magic, Chevy Chase & Wheaton, MD
  • Illusions, Indianapolis, IN
  • The Tower Magic Bar, Snowmass, CO

Colleges & Universities

  • University of Maryland, Maryland
  • Montgomery College, Maryland
  • Wesleyan University, Connecticut
  • Webb Institute, New York


  • Tony Fitzpatrick Show, WLUP FM, Chicago, IL
  • Mike Cuthbert Show, WAMU FM, Washington, DC
  • Liveline with Loo Katz, Q107 FM, Washington, DC
  • WWDC Report with Carl Foster, DC101 FM, Washington, DC
  • Radio Station Q107 FM, Washington, DC

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