Magifest 2023

January 26 - 28 2023

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Magifest

Magifest 2023

We are pleased to open registration for Magifest 2023. For more than three years we’ve been working toward a very, very, very special Guest of Honor, and now it’s confirmed. Our 2023 Guest of Honor is Lance Burton. Lance changed the landscape of magic in Las Vegas and all over the world. And now he’s coming to Magifest.

We’re so pleased to welcome you back for what promises to be the best Magifest we’ve ever organized. You’ll see more shows, more lectures, and more dealers than in previous years. All for the same low price of $275. That’s half the price of other conventions across the country. Remember, that early-bird pricing is only good until August 1st. Then it goes up to $350. So ... register now. We sell out every year, and every year we have to tell dozens of magicians that we’re at capacity and that they should have registered earlier. Please, secure your place while they are still available.

Register now ($275)

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Performers & Speakers

Lance Burton

Lance Burton

A FISM Grand Prix Winner, Lance Burton was named by MAGIC Magazine as one of the 100 most influential magicians alive. He headlined his own show at the Monte Carlo in an unprecedented production and contract, and his face became synonymous with magic for a generation. This is an opportunity to see Lance Burton in person, seated for a candid interview about his impressive career and material.

Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox

Margalit Fox: Former New York Times senior writer Margalit Fox tells the remarkable story of her latest book, The Confidence Men. Hear the true tale—little known, even to our community—of two P.O.W.'s who escaped from a remote World War I prison camp using … a Ouija board, mentalism and sleight of hand. The Washington Post and NPR named The Confidence Men one of the best books of the year. Margalit will be on hand after her talk to sign copies.

David Gerard

David Gerard

By day David works for a prestigious company in silicon valley, where he brings more than a decade of marketing and advertising experience. By night, he performs his polished mind reading show all over the country for high profile private and corporate clients. His show is filled with the kind of hard-hitting mentalism that has helped David rise to the top of his field.

Paul Gertner

Paul Gertner

A FISM winner, Paul has dominated the corporate magic scene for decades with such classic effects as "That’s Ridiculous," "Ring on Hourglass," and "Steel Cups and Balls." He will perform several of his classic effects for us, as well as new material in his first Magifest appearance in two decades.

Matt Pritchard

Matt Pritchard

All the way from the UK, Matt Pritchard is a science nerd, who just happens to love optical illusions. You’ve almost certainly seen some of them on social media. He’s made elephants disappear, created impossible illusions and even recreated David Copperfield’s famous Bermuda Triangle illusion. In this one hour lecture, he will be explaining exactly how he did it!

Mark Calabrese

Mark Calabrese

When it comes to mixing incredible chops with astonishing magic, few do it better than Mark Calabrese. Yes, Mark will be lecturing, but also performing Bar Magic for Magifest attendees which will be a huge treat. Get ready to be fooled and fooled badly when you witness what Mark does with a deck of cards.

Charles Green

Charles Green

A veteran in the corporate magic market, Charles Green is also the world’s foremost authority on the elusive magic figure, Ionia. She was an iconic stage performer that historians know little about…until now. Charles Green will deliver a fascinating lecture in which he’s uncovered many until-now completely unknown aspects of her life, and he’ll paint a picture of someone worthy of careful study that most of us have never heard of. Then, he’ll deliver a talk about his pet tricks and how to perform them.

Mortenn Christiansen

Mortenn Christiansen

Mortenn won first place for comedy at FISM 2022 and for many, he was the hit of the whole competition. When you see him you’ll find out why. He’s an incredibly funny performer, but that’s not just why we booked him. His magic is incredibly strong too. We’re going to be treated to a performance and lecture in which Mortenn will share some of his newest and most exciting ideas.

Junwoo Park

Junwoo Park

Hailing from Korea, this astonishing magician blew away the Britain’s Got Talent judges and audience with his incredible manipulation act. If you ever feel jaded, or like you’ve seen it all before, Junwoo will make you change your mind. He’ll be performing his amazing act as part of our stellar Gala Show.

Mark James

Mark James

England's Mark James is, by every definition of the word, a worker. He’s graced the stages of The Magic Castle, The Chicago Magic Lounge and even the Orient Express. For over two decades, Mark has been sharing his unique, entertaining and fooling magic around the world and at Magifest he will be performing a show and a lecture.

Kyle Purnell

Kyle Purnell

When it comes to creative, original card magic, you can’t top Kyle Purnell. Kyle will be treating us to a brand new lecture featuring some of his amazing creations. His magic has been used by Michael Amaar, Dan White, Shin Lim and—after you’ve seen this lecture—you.

Carisa Hendrix

Carisa Hendrix

Ever sense Carisa performed under her alter ego, Lucy Darling, a few years ago, we've recieved requests to bring her back. So, here she is ... Magifest favorite, Lucy Darling, hosting our gala show!

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50 N 3rd St, Columbus, OH 43215, USA

Be sure to ask for the Magifest rate when booking a room. It's currently $112 (plus taxes) per night.

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Magifest 2023: What You'll See

Here’s just a glimpse of what you’ll see:

Paul Gertner returns! Paul debuted many of his now-classic routines at Magifest in the early 1980s, and now he’s back with an all-new show and lecture. He will also perform several of his signature routines.

David Gerard Reads Minds! Every year we book a new talent that nobody in the industry is familiar with, and it often happens that this person steals the convention. Remember the name David Gerard, because his mentalism show is a fireworks display of mindreading. He works at breakneck speed with an act he has honed through thousands of performances around the country for high end private and corporate clients. This is going to be the hit of the convention.

Peter Turner causes a scene! On a rare trip to the United States, we’re showcasing a bold, new talent from the UK who will astound you both onstage and at our “bar” theater in the lobby, where he will hold court with fantastic thought-of card material, and mind reading feats unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

In addition, you can expect a full schedule to be published soon, with shows, lectures, and special sessions. Register now to avoid a sellout.


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2023 Workshops

Continue your Magifest through Sunday to join us for workshops with Denis Behr and Bernardo Sedlacek. Register below:

Bernardo Sedlacek (10am - 1pm)

Bernardo Sedlacek attended the last Magifest, and he caused a late night sensation with his unique approach to card magic. We simply had to have him back this year to give one of his heralded workshops. FISM Grand Prix Champion Pierric called the workshop, "a unique approach to card magic," and the legend Gaeton Bloom says, "He blew me away, over and over and over."

This intensive three-hour workshop begins with a mini-show, and then an explanation of every aspect of the show. Then you'll dive into more theoretical aspects of magic with Bernardo, who builds on a foundation of the Spanish School of magic, mixed with many other elements. You've never seen a card magician quite like Bernardo Sedlacek. His magic feels real, yet playful and engaging and always astounding. This is your chance to take your card magic to the next level and see a star-in-the-making. This three-hour workshop will sell out, and it's his only scheduled American workshop date. Reserve your place before it sells out.

Register for Bernardo Sedlacek workshop

Denis Behr (2.30pm - 5.30pm)

One of our industry's most heralded technicians and performers, this is your opportunity to take a lesson that will raise your level with a pack of cards. Denis will teach some of his favorite effects, and he will also zoom in on some of the troublesome, basic sleights that give people headaches. This is your chance to perfect your double lift, hold smaller breaks, and make your magic smoother. You'll be able to ask Denis about the material and sleights YOU want to cover, and how Denis structures his formal close-up shows. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to sit with Denis, as he almost never makes US appearances.

This workshop lasts 3 hours and is $100.

Register for Denis Behr workshop

Limited space available. Register now!

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