Jamy Ian Swiss

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Close-Up Magician Jamy Ian Swiss

Jamy Ian Swiss (born Jan. 1, 1953) is an American close-up magician who works primarily with cards.

Career[edit]

Magic[edit]

Jamy Ian Swiss is world renowned as a sleight of hand performer specializing in close-up card magic.[1]

He has performed magic throughout the United States for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. He has been featured in The New Yorker,[1][2] Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and New York Press.[3] He has also appeared in television programs including 48 Hours, the PBS series NOVA, and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic and The Today Show.

He also worked as a comedy writer and chief magic consultant for Penn & Teller on their television program, Sin City Spectacular. He also served as head writer and associate director for The Virtual Magician starring Marco Tempest, which aired in 45 countries; created, produced and performed in the Discovery Channel documentary, Cracking the Con Games; and has consulted on feature films including The Fantasticks. Swiss is also a co-founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics[4] and the New York City Skeptics.[5][citation needed]

In 2000, Swiss presented a one-man show The Honest Liar as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. His show of intimate sleight-of-hand magic, Magic: Close-up in Concert, ran for six months at the Rainbow Room in New York City, and has also been presented at the Players Club.

Swiss is currently a co-producer and performer for Monday Night Magic,[6] New York City's longest running Off-Broadway magic show.[citation needed]

Writing and lecturing[edit]

Jamy Ian Swiss is the author of the essay collection Shattering Illusions. He is also a co-author of the companion volume to the PBS documentary The Art of Magic and the Explaining Magic chapter of Visual Explanations by Edward Tufte.

He also contributed to, or consulted on, the following books:

  1. Magic for Dummies
  2. Penn & Teller’s How to Play with Your Food
  3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

He writes columns for Skeptic magazine and the quarterly magic journal Antimony. He has written for Genii, the Conjurors’ Magazine since 1994.

He has lectured to magicians in 13 countries.[1] He also created and produces Card Clinic, a seminar on sleight of hand with playing cards.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. Home Page
  2. Card Clinic: three days that will change your magic forever
  3. Jamy Ian Swiss at the Internet Movie Database
  4. Biography of Jamy Ian Swiss at Adobe.com
  5. Video of Jamy Ian Swiss from the New Yorker Festival
  6. Video of Jamy Ian Swiss from TAM 2012 on "Overlapping Magisteria" in Skepticism