How Magic Works – Jamy Ian Swiss

October 28, 2008 12:30pm

“How’d you do that?” Everyone wants to know how magic works. Magician and author Jamy Ian Swiss will do just that — but you might be surprised by the secrets he reveals. In magic, Jamy says, “the method is not the trick” — because in fact, the method is never the “trick” in any creative endeavor. Rather, creating a compelling illusion is a delicate process comprised of countless details — including psychology, misdirection, timing, body language, sleight of hand, and a strong grasp of story and narrative structure. Prepare to be amazed in more ways than one by this eclectic tour through one man’s distinctive set of artistic passions.

 

BIO: According to post-modern magic stars Penn and Teller, Jamy Ian Swiss “makes one understand what a terrifying art form pure sleight of hand can be.” He has performed internationally for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. His television appearances include 48 Hours on CBS, the PBS documentary The Art of Magic, PBS Nova, Comedy Central, and The Today Show on NBC. He is the author of Shattering Illusions, a collection of essays, and The Art of Magic, the companion book to the PBS documentary. In a recent profile in The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik writes, “Swiss is thought to have one of the most masterly sleight-of-hand techniques in the world today… like seeing Yo-Yo Ma.”