Vincent has earned himself an enviable reputation for being one of the
finest sleight of hand magicians in the world. Combining superb sleight of
hand magic with cleverly constructed routines that tell a story his magic
has been showcased at numerous venues both in the UK and abroad.
Michael would be the first to admit though that great technique counts for
nothing if it isn't supported by an equally strong presentation. "I
believe that great sleight of hand magic combined with a good plot and
presentation can make all the difference between the audiences
acknowledging that they have witnessed something extra-ordinary."
It is this simple philosophy that has helped Michael define his place in
the history of magic.
Key achievements to date:
Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year 1983, 1991, 2003
Best British Performer at the International Grand Prix 1993
International Magician of the Year 1995
FISM Close-up World Ranking 3, 1997
Television appearances to date:
New Faces 1986
The Paul Daniels Magic Show 1982
Tomorrows World 1982
Jim'll Fix It 1995
Talking Telephone Numbers 1996
Trick on 2 1996
Tricks and Trax 1996
Paul Daniels Secrets 1998
Heroes of Magic, Channel 4 2002
has become a regular performer and international lecturer at the world
famous Academy of Magical Arts, the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
His lectures have proven to be as magical and entertaining as his live
shows. Michael's most recent lecture, "The Tapestry of Deception," was
recently debuted at The Magic Circle, London, receiving excellent reviews.
the forthcoming publication of his first book on magic, magicians around
the world will be able to discovery for themselves what goes in to
producing creative and visual magic that holds audiences spellbound.
Michael's approach to the performance of magic is very simple: "fool your
audience badly, but be nice about it." In other words combine a little
laughter with some of the astonishment! This pin-points Michael's great
attitude and approach when dealing with people, and his sensitivity to
their desires and wants.
"There are many wonderful effects but my top five
effects are. Slapping the Aces by Nate Leipzig, the Conus Aces, Everywhere
and Nowhere, the Ambidextrous Travellers and the Ladies Looking Glass.
These effects are the most visually stunning effect which can be performed
with a deck of cards."
"My favourite books on magic are, The Magic
Book by Harry Lorayne, The Secrets of Conjuring
and Magic by Robert Houdin, the Expert at the Card Table and the Royal
Road to Card Magic. These books are wonderful because they
cover every aspect of magic."
"My top magicians are Tony Slydini, Rene Lavand, Ricky Jay, Darwin
Ortiz, Tommy Wonder, Fred Kaps, Richard Ross, Michael Skinner, Larry
Jennings, Edward Marlo and Channing Pollock. These performers each in
their own way reached the epitome of magical excellence and performance
excellence. Each in their own way inspired me to
excel and inspired me with a sense of wonder.
Top Magic Quote?
"Fool your audience, but be nice about it."
Top Magic Moment?
"I have many wonderful memories from my time in magic, both as an
amateur and professional. I have met all my heroes from Slydini, Rene
Lavand, Jennings, Skinner etc. If I was to pick my top moment it would
have to be receiving a standing ovation at the Magic Castle earlier this