Joshua Jay is one of magic’s most revered performers and creators, and he has appeared on stages in over 60 countries.
He is a former World Champion of Close-up Magic at Las Vegas’ World Magic Seminar, and recently fooled Penn and Teller on their hit TV Show, Fool Us. Joshua brings his unique brand of close-up sleight-of-hand to Australia for the first time in eleven years, where he will debut an evening’s entertainment unlike anything you have seen before. You’ll see the routine that set the Guinness World Record for Card Tricks, as well as all the routines that have earned Joshua fame and acclaim in his native New York.
Joshua Jay has been called magic’s Renaissance man by MAGIC Magazine. It’s not hard to see why: he is a performer, lecturer, author, and photographer of all things mysterious. He maintains a globetrotting performance schedule–Jay has performed in over fifty countries and appears regularly on national television (most recently on Good Morning America and the Today Show).
His performance style is completely unique: he performs with ordinary, borrowed objects, causing them to twist, bend, appear, and vanish at will. At only seventeen years old Joshua Jay was crowned world champion for close-up magic at the World Magic Seminar, and he is now regarded as one of the leading creative forces in the magic world.
Joshua Jay is the author of thirteen books for magicians. In 2009 he penned a best-selling magic book, MAGIC: The Complete Course, and had his fine-art photography exhibited in several shows (appearing recently at the Culture Museum in Linz, Austria). How does he do it?
In 2012 he consulted and developed a unique commercial spot for HBO, using sleight of hand to promote Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Joshua has spoken on magic and creativity at Google headquarters, and lectured on deception at universities and museums across the country. Jay recently appeared onstage at the Rubin Museum as part of their Brainwave series, performing and speaking alongside neuroscientists on the role the brain plays in illusions.
He figured it out. His dad showed him a card trick when he was a child, and after hours of experimenting in his room, Joshua figured it out. His dad was a magic enthusiast and knew when to be impressed. His reaction was simple: “You have the makings of a fine magician.”
His dad was right. Since that day Joshua Jay has made numerous television appearances in magic specials and on programs like Good Morning America, CNN, and the TODAY Show. He has been a headline performer and lecturer in over 50 countries and routinely performs for distinguished politicians and major celebrities. Jay is a headliner at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood and is the author of two best-selling books on magic (his first is published in five languages and is now in its fourth US printing). In 1998, he was crowned champion at the World Magic Seminar. Most recently, he was named the 2012 Magician of the Year by the Society of American Magicians.
Joshua also acts as magic consultant for several multi-national toy manufacturers (most recently for Marvel Comics) and has helped design many of the magic sets on toy store shelves.
Good magic hides the trick, he says. “Great magic reveals some sort of truth. It’s a form of self-expression. I want my magic to be meaningful. I want people to find more in it than deception. People should enjoy magic, of course, but they should also feel connected to others through it. Magic should cause people to reconsider what they think they know and the way they perceive things.”
Joshua does plenty of things that will make you reconsider what you think you know. His main performance style is close-up. Coins, bottles, and borrowed hundred-dollar bills, defying expectations in countless ways. But his passion is cards. (“I’m up to two packs a day,” he says.) Not your uncle’s card tricks, mind you. These are head-turning, jaw-dropping pieces of strange that have garnered Joshua international renown as a card magician extraordinaire.
From corporate functions to private parties to VIP backstage events, Joshua is performance-driven. His track record of success includes the production of his 2010 sell-out one-man show, “Unreal,” that enjoyed runs in New York, Ohio, Florida, and Las Vegas.
He is also an accomplished photographer, and has infused magic into his work. Cheating moves, card sleights, and magical methods become fine art is Jay’s ongoing photographic study. In 2009 his magic photography was included at the annual European Capital of Culture Festival in Linz, Austria (where he also performed at the inaugural event).
His appreciation for mystery and psychological nuance have taken Joshua on an already long journey in a still-young life, and left countless audiences applauding in his wake.
“He’s not trying to be this cool mysterious stranger,” says veteran international award-winning magician Gregory Wilson. “I’ve known him since he was a teenager and I’ve performed with him on five continents. I’d like to be able to say I’ve seen him progress, but he’s been good from day one. He’s focused, unflappable and self-effacing, which is a very admirable quality. Right away I knew there was something special about this guy.” Joshua’s magic is up-close and personal–simple, clear and undeniable. It happens when you’re watching, no matter how close you’re watching. The secret is right in front of you. The Secret is Joshua Jay.
—By John Armato
VENUE: STUDIO 1
50 min show
FAMILY SHOW Ages 9-18+
A$36, C$31, K$31, F$95, G$32, LG$30
ALL TIX $30 JULY 4
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