TEDxFoggyBottom Speaker Profile: Dean Carnegie, Magic Historian


Dean Carnegie is a graduate of the Chavez College of Magic, a school that teaches the art of stage manipulation magic. He is also an accomplished sleight of hand artist and award winning performer. Dean has been a full time entertainer for 20 years, logging in nearly 8000 performances. His diverse magical abilities allow him to work in many different venues including the corporate market, fairs, festivals, and television. The Washington Post said “Take Howie Mandel’s boyish bald charm, mix it with David Copperfield’s magical charisma and POOF! You get Dean Carnegie, better known as Carnegie: Artist of Mystery.” Today, though he no longer sports the bald look, he does continue to travel the world presenting his mysteries and illusions. Besides performing 300+ shows a year, Carnegie is also a leading magic historian. He writes the most popular blog on magic history called The Magic Detective, and has given talks and lectures on the history of conjuring to fellow magicians and historical societies. Carnegie is also author of the upcoming book, The Houdini Way, which explores the marketing methods used by the great Harry Houdini.

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