Cover of Genii September 2003
Thomas Solomon is a professional escape artist and magician.
An early fascination with mechanical devices and locks led Solomon towards a career as an escape artist and magician. At the age of thirteen, he was apprenticed to a locksmith answering the phone and sweeping the floors. The lock professionals in the shop took him under their wing teaching him how to open high security locks without keys; how to fashion tools from everyday objects; and how to crack safes.
By the age sixteen, he also became interested in stage magic. Working summers in the lock shop, Solomon spent his evenings and after school time developing a magic act.
In Milwaukee, then Chicago, Solomon first presented a nightclub act called "The Great Escape," which combined magic with escape artistry.
He attended college eventually earning a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin.
In 1988 he entertained President Ronald Reagan at the White House where he escaped the handcuffs of the Uniformed Secret Service.
His first network special, Thomas Solomon: The Escape Artist aired on Channel Four was in Great Britain in 2003. His subsequent television appearances include the BBC's History of Magic and Channel Five's Secret World of Magicians. He shot a series for The History Channel called No Jail Can Hold Me.
- World Magic Awards "Best Escape Artist" (2000)