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Jamy Ian Swiss - Biography

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Jamy Ian Swiss is well known to magicians both in the United States and around the world, thanks to his frequent television appearances, along with his acclaimed work as author, lecturer, magic consultant and coach. An acknowledged master of the challenging art of sleight of hand, Jamy Ian Swiss has performed magic throughout the United States for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution.

Jamy has lectured to magicians in 13 countries and made numerous television appearances in the United States, Europe and Japan, including U.S. appearances on The Today Show, CBS 48 Hours, PBS Nova and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic, and Comedy Central. He created, produced, and appeared in the Discovery Channel special, Cracking the Con Game. He was a writer, chief magic designer, and associate producer for Penn & Teller's TV series, Sin City Spectacular, and has long been a regular Penn & Teller collaborator.

Jamy is a co-producer of Monday Night Magic, New York City's longest running Off-Broadway magic show, now in its fifth continuous year. He is the author of "Shattering Illusions" (Hermetic Press, 2002), a collection of essays; has written a book review column for Genii magazine since 1994; is the author of 11 books and monographs of magic for magicians (including a volume published in Japanese); was a contributor and advisor to the book, Magic for Dummies; co-wrote a chapter entitled "Explaining Magic" in the book, Visual Explanations by the renowned information design authority, Edward Tufte; was a creative consultant on Penn & Teller's book, How to Play With Your Food; and has been magic consultant to Rolling Stone magazine and on feature films, including The Fantasticks.

Not only has Jamy lectured and hosted seminars and workshops around the world, but he has also regularly taught private students at all levels, from beginner to professional, since 1985. He has developed thoughtful, and above all, effective techniques for the teaching of sleight-of-hand magic in an encouraging, supportive manner. As a consultant and designer to top professionals, he is uniquely qualified to create and present an original program of exceptional magic instruction. That program is Card Clinic and Close-up Clinic.

"Jamy Ian Swiss is a brilliant and talented magician. He is also a generous and patient teacher of magic. He was particularly helpful to me when I was learning the "Cups and Balls", which ended up on my TV special "Top Secret." As a performer, or as a teacher, Jamy Ian Swiss gets my highest recommendation." - Lance Burton

"I have collaborated with Jamy Ian Swiss on projects ranging from TV shows and series, to books and stage material. He is a brilliant creative thinker, a top notch performer, and the perfect teacher -- as supportive as he is demanding. Jamy has a director's talent for knowing which sleights and tricks fit your personality and play off your strengths. His deep, sophisticated knowledge of magic, his virtuosity, his boundless energy, and his sweet, tough New York style are a pleasure (and an education) to be around. - Teller

"As one who has taught magic for many years, I am impressed by the quantity and quality of polished teaching material in Jamy's instructional repertoire -- the mark of an experienced instructor. Jamy possesses the ability to analyze technique and theoretical issues in great detail, and to communicate such complex material in clear and effective ways. He combines this in-depth approach with a supportive and approachable manner, enabling him to guide students to new insights, and to inspire them to raise their work to new levels." - Jeff McBride, founder, Las Vegas School of Magic

"A lecture by Jamy Ian Swiss is always an invigorating experience. He will challenge you—and in so doing, help you become a better magician. Jamy is a serious magical thinker who will help you think more seriously and more creatively about your own magic." - Eugene Burger