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Andrew Mayne

Wildly innovative, highly visual with a little bit of mischief thrown in, Andrew Mayne is at the forefront of the next generation of magic. He has performed his unique brand of illusion on five continents, his YouTube videos have millions of views, and he has cultivated thousands of fans for his magic, books and podcasts; they call themselves “Mayniacs.”

Taking magic in a new direction, Andrew created his own style of magic called “Shock Magic”; combining the impact of large scale illusion with the in-your-face approach of street magic. It’s fun, it’s irreverent and it’s the next evolution in magic. Andrew’s effects range from making ghosts appear on cell phones, shrinking himself to one foot tall and making a town think it was besieged by UFOs. His magic has even been performed for astronauts on the International Space Station. Andrew has invented over 400 magic effects and published 45 books and videos on the art of illusion. On the leading edge of magic and pop culture, he was among the first to invent magic for the iPhone (even before there were apps) via his website – that has since been performed on millions of people.

He has worked behind the scenes for David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and David Blaine. In 2011 Andrew was invited to China on behalf of the legendary Beijing Circus to share with Asia’s leading magicians his modern approach to illusion. His 2012 tour brought him to Europe and the Middle East.

Andrew started his first world illusion tour while he was a teenager and was soon headlining in resorts and casinos around the world. With the support of talk show host and amateur magician Johnny Carson, Andrew Mayne started a program to use magic to teach critical thinking skills in public schools for the James Randi Educational Foundation. Andrew’s Wizard School segments, teaching magic and science to children, aired nationwide on Public Television.

Born in Opelika, Alabama, to a family of practical jokers, Andrew inherited his penchant for showmanship from his father, a Federal agent who paid his way through college by working as an acrobat. When his family moved to Portland, Oregon, Andrew became fascinated with magic after watching a David Copperfield television special. Andrew’s older brother became his reoccurring victim, never knowing what to expect; from finding Andrew levitating in his bedroom to sawing himself in half on the kitchen table. The practical joking wasn’t always one-sided. When Andrew’s brother became a police officer, Andrew would frequently get pulled over by squad cars on dates and thrown into a pair of handcuffs from which he was expected to escape (and did). A skill he’d use later on to impress Scotland Yard detectives. Andrew and his brother, now with the FBI, have since negotiated a truce.

Beyond magic, Andrew Mayne is also the author of five bestselling mystery and thriller books. His recent thriller, Angel Killer, the story of a female FBI agent with a background magic, was the fifth best-selling independent novel in the United Kingdom in 2012. His podcast, Weird Things, is also one of the top science and nature podcasts on iTunes.