Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has “the most original mind in magic.” Fortuitously, he died before he could revise that opinion. The New York Times observed that Max’s “category-defying mind-reading show veers into conceptual art.” People magazine hailed his work as “a new form of participatory theater.” The Los Angeles Times stated that his “improvisational skill is enhanced by a charismatic animal magnetism.” Of course we don’t know exactly what that’s supposed to mean, but apparently audiences in over 30 countries agree...
Max has been a consultant to most of the important names in modern magic, and an advisor for more than a hundred television shows. He has published over two thousand tricks, articles, & essays - and now, he is extremely tired...
Shawn is a 2-time World Champion of magic, and has appeared on Ellen, Masters of Illusion, and Fool Us, where he became the first magician to fool Penn & Teller twice! Shawn’s magic can be seen on Hulu, Netflix, & YouTube where many of his videos have been viewed millions of times. Shawn has performed in more than 40 countries including extensive tours of China, Europe & Japan, as well as shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and off Broadway in NYC.
Among countless other awards, Shawn is the only person in history to be awarded both Stage Magician of the Year and Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He's also won the highest award in magic - the Grand Prix World Champion of Magic at the Olympics of Magic in Beijing.
His infectious attitude and amazing magic will leave you breathless.
John Shryock is a popular entertainer with an annoyingly charismatic smile who has performed in over 100 cities across the world. You’ve probably seen him as a regular on “Masters of Illusion”. Currently he’s one of the regular performers at Warren & Annabelle’s close-up magic theater in Maui.
John is one of the few magicians to perform in all 3 rooms at the Magic Castle – and he’s done this for the past 30 years. It’s also worth mentioning he spent 5 years as one of the featured at Caesars Magical Empire in Las Vegas, and his impressive skills earned a command performance at President George W. Bush’s Gala Inaugural Ball.
When John is not performing on the world’s stages or creating innovative magic, he tours as a guest lecturer for various magicians’ societies.
As a professional magician for over 45 years, Stephen has performed and lectured for magicians all over the world. He feels that performing for his peers is one of the greatest honors in the field of magic.
Stephen regularly fills in for Mac King in Las Vegas, and has worked with & for several top celebrities including Jay Leno, Garth Brooks, Barbara Mandrel, & Ray Stevens. He has also performed at the White House.
He has performed, lectured, & MC'd at the Blackpool Magic Convention (the largest convention in the world), and is a regular performer at 4F (an invitation-only, annual gathering of the world’s top 200 close-up magicians.) He is an IBM Close up Champion, received the Comedy award at Abbott’s Magic Convention, 3-time World of Wizards Champion, and the SE Assoc Magician of the Year.
Incidentally, Stephen is the father of renowned comedian Nate Bargatze, star of the Netflix special "The Tennessee Kid."
Max Maven, Shawn Farquhar, John Shryock, & Stephen Bargatze: in magic they are as renowned as the 4 tenors - with Stephen being the one who's name no one can remember.
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