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David Kaplan

Ohio, USA

Illusion, music, juggling and deadpan comedy converge in this hilarious vaudevillesque spectacle.

David Kaplan plays “The Great Kaplan”, an earnest vaudeville performer, who while just trying to do a good show, inexplicably gets caught in the crosshairs of the universe. Murphy’s Law according to Rube Goldberg.

As his world seemingly crumbles, he manages to tame a rogue bowling ball, juggle furniture, perform feats of prestidigitation, and play melodies on concert ballon, turkey baster and his great grandfathers’ ukulele —all to the delight of a charmed audience.

Notable shows include a month long run at the Wintergarten Variete’ in Berlin and network television appearances on ABC TV’s “The View”, “The Statler Brothers Show” on TNN and “Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde” in Paris, France. David has headlined internationally and has shared stages with renowned performers including Steven Wright, Leon Redbone, David Spade, David Brenner, Harry Blackstone Jr., and the Smothers Brothers.

Kaplan has won numerous awards, most recently, the Blackpool Magic Conventions’ 2018 Ken Dodd Comedy Award. In 2015, he was nominated for Magic Castle Stage Magician of the Year. Other awards include 2010 Mandrake d’Or in Paris, first place medals at the Canton Battle of Magicians and the Columbus Magi-fest, and the coveted “People’s Choice” award at the 2006 International Brotherhood of Magicians.


David is bringing his show and his lecture to The Melbourne Magic Festival this year.