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Michael Vincent

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Michael Vincent
BornMichael Vincent Louis
February 14, 1964
Windward Islands

Michael Vincent (born Michael Vincent Louis on 14 February 1964) is a British magician . He won The Magic Circle's Close-up Magician of the Year award three times (1983, 1991 and 2003).[1]

Biography

He first became interested in magic in 1970, after watching magicians David Nixon, Doug Henning, Fred Kaps and Slydini perform on television. He was later mentored by escapologist and magician Alan Alan and studied with Slydini. Vincent joined London's Magic Circle and was eventually awarded a life-membership of the club's Inner Magic Circle, with a Gold Star (for performing excellence).

In 2001, Vincent made the national newspapers in the United Kingdom, when he was hired by Scotland Yard to give a course to 20 top police chiefs involving the use of magic tricks to demonstrate communication skills.[2]

He performed at Hollywood's Magic Castle in 2003,[3] and his television appearances have included, Jim'll Fix It, The Paul Daniels Magic Show, Test the Nation (BBC 1) and Heroes of Magic - A Century of Wonder (Channel 4)[4][5][6]

Michael appeared on "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" on ITV1 on 7 January and again on 16 July 2011 demonstrating close up magic. Although he did not outfox Penn & Teller with either of his magic tricks, he nevertheless won praise for his classical technique and exemplary sleight of hand and was regarded by Penn as one of his favorite performers.


Awards and Honors

  • Ron Macmillan's International Magic Studio Magician of the Year 1994
  • The Magic Circle Close up Magician of the Year 1983, 1991, 2003

Bibliography

  • The Tapestry of Deception DVD (Trilogy)
  • The Joy of Magic DVD
  • The Sleight of Hand Artistry of Michael Vincent DVD
  • Close-up Classics Booklet
  • One Shuffle Finale Booklet
  • Three Professional Card Routines Booklet
  • The Classic Magic of Michael Vincent DVD (Trilogy)
  • Rhapsodies In Silver and Other Mysteries DVD (4 Vols.)

References

  1. News, Magic Week, Number 176, 8 November 2003
  2. Bennetto (28 April 2001); Taylor (28 April 2001); Daily Telegraph (13 June 2001)
  3. News, Magic Week, Number 148 - 26 April 2003.
  4. Duncan Trillo, Review: Heroes of Magic - A Century of Wonder, Magic Week, January 2001
  5. Bennetto (28 April 2001)
  6. Davis (December 2003)
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  • Best of Friends, Volume II, by Harry Lorayne, © 1985, Short Biography p. 211
  • Best of Friends, Volume III, By Harry Lorayne, © 2007, Short Biography p. 481
  • Cover, The Magic Circular, Vol. 87, No. 933, February 1993, This is Your Life, Michael Vincent, by Peter D. Blanchard, page 30
  • Cover, The Magic Circular, Vol. 103, No. 1120, November 2008, Michael Vincent, Communication Through Magic, by Matthew Field (Interview), page 332
  • http://www.michaelvincentmagic.com/


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