Mac King, the premiere comedy magician in the world according to MAGIC Magazine and the one Penn and Teller call “the greatest comedy magician alive today and maybe who ever lived,” brings his “Mac King Comedy Magic Show” to Musco Center.
King’s shows captivate with illusions that include casting a fishing line out over his audience’s heads to catch live goldfish out of mid-air, amazing stunts with a grizzly bear, making his head completely disappear in a paper bag, rendering himself invisible, and of course unbelievable feats of sleight of hand … and while producing laughs along the way. Because of his quick wit and extensive audience interaction, no two shows are alike.
The Mac King Comedy Magic Show has been a Las Vegas mainstay for 19 years and nearly 10,000 shows, entertaining more than two million fans along the way. Las Vegas Weekly has named him “Entertainer of the Year” and the Las Vegas Review Journal has dubbed him “Best Magician” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan.”
King’s appearance culminates “Illusion Week,” a “Leap of Art” collaboration of Musco Center and Chapman University’s Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. It follows several illusionist Kevin Spencer’s week of “magic therapy” workshops for students, faculty, and local health care providers.
A Magical Mix of Illusion and Comedy
With accomplished amateur magicians as his grandfathers, King’s path was cleared – if not pre-ordained. Born in December 1959 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, he carried his early interest in magic through high school graduation in Louisville and college in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a double major in Anthropology and Magic on a National Merit Scholarship.
After college King took his developing magic act on the road to comedy clubs across the country. For 19 years he built his reputation, fan base, and annual performance totals to more than 200 shows a year. The second 20 years of his career, beginning in the 1990s, saw him become a regular in Las Vegas and on national television. He has performed his astounding sleight of hand and irresistible humor on countless television specials and performed on TV programs and theater stages throughout China, Spain, Japan, Germany, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, England, Argentina, Holland, Cuba, Mexico, Finland, Canada, Chile, and Portugal.
In 2000, King’s Comedy Magic Show took residence at Harrah’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, where he continues to perform 19 years later.
In addition to the TV specials and Harrah’s performances, King performs at more than 60 private corporate events each year.
King has co-authored three books including Tricks with Your Head, for which his friends Penn and Teller wrote the preface. Co-authored with Mark Levy,Tricks With Your Head offers a series of tricks requiring minimal props. His Campfire Magic, subtitled “Over 50 Amazing and Easy-to-Learn Tricks and Mind-Blowing Stunts,” is co-authored with Bill King. He also collaborated with cartoonist Jeff Knurek to create “Magic in a Minute” line of children’s promotions, toys, magic tricks, videos, books, and events.
His educational efforts include teaching a television audience a minor effect before and after each commercial, calling the series of lessons the Mac King School of Magic.
King met his wife, Jennifer Sils, with whom they have a son named Eli, when she was chosen from the audience to help with a trick. Let that be a lesson to you.
This article was released by the Musco Center for the Arts.