Hans Klok

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Hans Klok
BornJohannes Franciscus Catharinus Klok
February 22, 1969
Purmerend, Netherlands

NationalityDutch

Hans Klok (b. 1969) is a Dutch illusionist.

Biography

On his tenth birthday, he received a magic set as a present and began performing for friends at their birthday parties. He started his professional career in magic as a teenager. At the age of fourteen, he became youth-champion of the Netherlands and Europe in conjuring, and won the 'Wenegini Prize'.

Hans has billed himself as "The fastest magician in the World". In 1990, Hans and his assistant Sittah won the "Grand Prix" of the Netherlands and the "Henk Vermeijden Cup" with his version of metamorphosis.

The following year he performed in 'The Winter Garden Opera House' in Blackpool - England, France, Japan, South America, the United States, the Caribbean, and all Western European countries. He won the first prize at the "International Magic Fachkongress" in Germany and performed in television shows at home and abroad.

By age 23, he was part of a touring show with Dutch comedian André van Duin.

In 1992, he was the opening act for the F.I.S.M. in Lausanne

In 1994, he performed for the first time on the Las Vegas Strip, as part of NBC’s The World's Greatest Magic, broadcast live from Caesars Palace. In August of 1996, Hans received an invitation from NBC for a show at the ‘Caesar’s Palace’ in Las Vegas as part of 'The World Greatest Magic' television show.

In 1997, Hans and his team got second place in the “illusionism” category during the Magic world championship in Dresden. He performed in the ABC special 'Champions of Magic' in the same year.

During a 2012 visit to the UK with his stage show The Houdini Experience, Hans made a guest appearance on the BBC TV show The Magicians, during which he broke his own world record for the number of illusions performed in a five minute period. In the finals of The Magicians on the BBC on February 11, 2012, Klok broke his own world record on live TV by performing no less than 12 large illusions in 5 minutes. On March 19, 2012, he was named a member of the Inner circle with Gold Star by Jack Delvin, president of The Magic Circle.

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