Conference speakers

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Anton Lopez
(Spain)
Versatility is the key to Anton Lopez. Magic. There is not an aspect of it that he has not touched, from touring a tent show to setting up his own museum of magic. He has an incredible number of magical inventions to his name, many of them truly extra

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Barry and Stuart
(United Kingdom)
Magical duo Barry and Stuart made their British television début with the Channel 4 Golden Rose nominated series Magick. Their latest project is a series of astounding internet tricks designed exclusively for the BBC.

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Dani DaOrtiz
(Spain)
Dani DaOrtiz is a rising star of Spanish close-up magic. He has many publications to his credit and is the editor of ElManuscrito, a magazine which focuses on articles of lasting depth about the foremost figures and milestones in magic.

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Eric Eswin
(Netherlands)
Bio coming soon!

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Gaetan Bloom
(France)
Gaetan Bloom is one of the most creative magicians on the planet. He has a knack for creating entertaining effects made possible by devilishly clever methods that not only fool laypeople but destroy magicians.

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Guy Hollingworth
(United Kingdom)
Guy Hollingworth is one of the world’s leading sleight of hand artists. His most famous effect is probably The Reformation, an impossible torn and restored card. His book Drawing Room Deceptions is a one of magic’s contemporary classics.

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Jason England
(United States)
Jason England has studied gambling in all its forms. He’s spent thousands of hours investigating, cataloging, and practicing various forms of deception in casino and private games. He is an expert in the field of gaming protection.

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Marco Tempest
(United States)
Marco Tempest's masterful blend of digital media and magic has enabled audiences to glimpse the future before technology gets there. His imaginative combination of magic and computer-generated imagery is unequalled within the performing arts.

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Mike Caveney
(United States)
Mike is a member of The Inner Magic Circle. He was recently voted Stage Magician of the Year by the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. Since 1979 Mike Caveney's Magic Words has published over fifty books on the history, practice and theory of magic.

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Ponta The Smith
(Japan)
Ponta the Smith is the manager of French Drop the famous magic shop in Osaka, Japan. He is best known for his astounding coin work. His 2009 DVD, Sick, dazzled magicians with its display of skill and unique teaching style.

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Stan Allen
(United States)
Formerly a professional magician Stan Allen is now the editor and publisher of MAGIC Magazine. In 2011, Stan and his team will produce the fifth MAGIC Live! gathering in Las Vegas, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of MAGIC.

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William Kalush
(United States)
William Kalush is a lifelong student of sleight of hand and the history of magic. He is the founder of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York and the co-author, with Larry Sloman, of The Secret Life of Houdini.

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Apollo Robbins
(United States)
Apollo Robbins utilizes pick-pocketing and sleight of hand to demonstrate proximity manipulation, diversion techniques and attention control. This diverse set of skills gives him a unique insight into the psychological aspects of magic. 

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Carlos Vaquera
(Belgium)
Carlos Vaquera is one of the most charming and charismatic magicians in the world. He has won many awards for his skills at close up and card magic. He combines beautiful presentation with faultless technique.

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David Britland
(United Kingdom)
David Britland is a television writer and consultant specializing in magic and deception. He co-created The Real Hustle and has worked on many British shows including Secret Cabaret, Max Maven’s Mind Games and Derren Brown’s specials.

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Eric Mead
(United States)
Eric Mead brings his years of experience and eclectic knowledge to bear in creating customized content for companies and events. His quick wit and subtle sleight-of–hand make him one of the most sought after magicians working today.

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Gazzo
(United Kingdom)
Gazzo is a legend among street entertainers. For over 30 years he has been mixing comedy, magic, and British charm to provide a must see show that has become the benchmark for street magicians all over the world.

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Helder Guimarães
(United States)
Helder Guimarães has won many awards for his magic. In 2002 he was awarded 2nd Prize in CardMagic in the Spanish National Convention and, in 2004, the Ascanio Prize. In 2006, he was proclaimed World Champion of Card Magic.

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Lennart Green
(Sweden)
This Swedish card trick maestro has been baffling audiences for years with card tricks that seem barely under control. In 1991 he won the grand prize in close-up card magic at FISM. He continues to fool even the experts wherever he goes.

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Max Maven
(United States)
Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has "the most original mind in magic." He has performed in every kind of venue, consulted for most of the top names in magic, and published over two thousand articles, tricks and essays. Now, he is very tired.

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Paul Kieve
(United Kingdom)
Paul is a renowned consultant on magic for theatre. Current projects include Zorro at Folies Bergere, Paris and the stage version of Ghost due to open in 2011. In 2006 he received The David Berglas Award for outstanding contribution to magic.

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Richard McDougall
(United Kingdom)
Richard McDougall is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. He has performed in 40 countries, and at a number of events hosted by HM The Queen, as well as for HRH The Prince of Wales at his 50th birthday.

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Ton Onosaka
(Japan)
Ton Onosaka is the owner of Magic Land in Tokyo. He is a talented illustrator and innovative creator of close up and stage magic. He has been a leading figure in the cultural exchanges that occur between magicians in the west and Japan for many years.

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Barry and Stuart
(United Kingdom)
Barry and Stuart are two Scottish BAFTA nominated comedy magicians. They regularly perform wonder invoking, laughter inducing, awe-inspiring magic. Stylistically dark and weird they are creepy, cool, and funny.

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Cyril Takayama
(Japan)
Cyril is a star of Japanese television where his magic specials are among the highest rated shows. In 2007 The Academy of Magical Arts nominated him Magician of the Year. Last year he toured throughout Japan and played to sold out audiences.

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De'vo is a World Record Holder, manipulation legend, director, producer, author, musician, and consultant.  He co-founded the art form of Card Manipulation separate from magic in 2001 and continues to inspire manipulators world-wide.

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Finn Jon
(Norway)
Finn Jon is one of the most creative people in magic. His professional act is spellbinding. His inventions include Esoteric, Floating Silver Stick, Bolt of Lightning and his pioneering work with elastic thread and loops.

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Gene Matsuura
(United States)
Gene Matsuura has made an extensive study of the magic of Slydini. In the 1970s they began a book project together. Slydini discussed his methods, particularly the timing, co-ordination and psychological ploys that underpinned his routines.

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James Freedman
(United Kingdom)
James is the CEO of the Magic Management Group which sells magic based entertainment and consultancy to film, television and live productions in Europe as well as marketing and training seminars that use psychological techniques derived from magic.

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Luis de Matos
(Portugal)
Luis de Matos is a professional magician in Portugal and creator of Studio 33, the facility which hosts this web conference. He has been appearing on Portuguese television since 1990, his latest series being the 13 x 1 hour show Mistérios.

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Miguel is one of Spain’s most talented close up performers. He has been a professional magician since 1994 and also teaches magic at the School of Ana Tamariz. He is one third of The Fat Brothers, whose DVDs have astounded fellow cardicians.

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Paulino Gil
(Spain)
Paulino Gil has consulted on over more than 144 television magic shows as well as performing as two original magic characters of his own, Ya Lipu and Leonardo. He is also one of the leading organizers of magic festivals in Spain.

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Richard Wiseman
(United Kingdom)
Richard Wiseman has researched the psychology of magic and produced several magic-based videos for You Tube, including the viral hit, The Colour Changing Card Trick. He holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology.

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Topas
(Germany)
Topas is a World Champion Manipulator. His dexterity has taken him around the world. He was awarded Grand Prix Magiques de Monte Carlo and World Magic Award 2008 in the USA. In 2010 Topas will tour his illusion show, Surprise, in China.

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