Andrew Mayne

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Andrew Mayne (born Andrew Harter) is a magician, illusion designer and filmmaker. Having written and produced over fifty books, DVDs, and manuscripts on magic, he is considered one of the most prolific magic creators of the last decade.[1] He's the publisher of iTricks.com and host of the Weird Things podcast, one of the top 25 Natural Science podcasts on iTunes. Known for his off-beat magic that mixes science and mystery, his illusions include shrinking his body to two-feet tall and drinking liquid nitrogen.

Performer[edit]

Andrew Mayne started his professional performing career as a teenager working a summer in a circus. By the time he was nineteen he was performing in resorts and cruise ships including Norwegian Cruise Line, Majesty Cruise Lines and Carnival Cruise Lines. At the time he was the youngest magician performing internationally with an illusion show.

Consulting[edit]

As a magic consultant he has worked for Penn & Teller. Among his more popular creations is a modernized version of the arm through body illusion first performed by Horace Goldin. Mayne's version, Gut Buster shows the hand penetrating the skin and can be performed in an impromptu manner.

Podcasting[edit]

Magic books[edit]

Andrew Mayne is considered one of the most prolific magic creators of the last decade with the publication of over 50 magic books and videos for the magic fraternity.

  • "Solo-X (1996)"
  • "Illusion FX (1997)"
  • "Shock Magic (1998)"
  • "Mad Mojo (1999)"
  • "illusionbook (2001)"
  • "illusiontech (2007)"

Mayne's first books Solo-X and Illusion FX featured novel stage illusions. Solo-X included Mayne's method for walking through a mirror which has since seen numerous variations by other performers on stage and television. Illusion FX featured Mayne's reworking of the Indian Sword Basket illusion using balloon swords.

After publishing several works on illusions, Mayne began releasing several "shock magic" effects to the magic fraternity. Some of Mayne's "shock magic" style effects include the production of a bowling ball from a paper bag (Freefall), an impromptu pencil through face penetration and a psychic prediction using a cockroach.

Fiction Author[edit]

  • The Grendel's Shadow
  • Public Enemy Zero
  • The Monster in the Mist (The Chronological Man)
  • The Martian Emperor (A Chronological Man Adventure)
  • Hollywood Pharaohs
  • Angel Killer
  • Knight School

Videos[edit]

  • "Shock FX"
  • "Wizard School"
  • "Illusion EFX"
  • "Freefall"
  • "Tear Down"
  • "Ghost Vision"

Television[edit]

  • "MSNBC"
  • "Dateline NBC"
  • "Wizard School" Public Television
  • "G4 Underground" for the G4 TV Executive-producer and co-creator
  • Don't Trust Andrew Mayne premiered on A&E on January 13, 2014.[2]

Other work[edit]

In addition to writing, he has directed two independent features, several instructional videos and the underground magic video Shock FX. Mayne has lectured in classrooms on Teaching Critical Thinking and skepticism toward paranormal claims.

For five years he was the principal investigator for James Randi's One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge. Andrew Mayne also invented a very paranormal effect called ghost vision in which the image of a ghost's shadow appears on a picture or video of a borrowed cell phone.

He's the publisher of iTricks.com, a daily magic news site that focuses on the entertainment side of magic. iTricks came second in The Magic Woods Awards 2007, for best website. Through iTricks Andrew produces five magic themed podcasts covering magic and magic celebrity news.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Young, Justin (December 2010). "State of Mayne". MAGIC magazine. 
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 9, 2013). "A&E Greenlights Magic Reality Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 

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