Jason Latimer

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Jason Latimer
JASON LATIMER The World Champion of Magic.jpg
LATIMER The World Champion of Magic
Born Jason Latimer
(1981-03-07) March 7, 1981 (age 34)
Roseburg, Oregon, United States
Occupation Magician, Illusionist, Artist, Inventor, Applied Sciences, Designer

Jason Latimer (Stage name LATIMER[1])[2] (born March 7, 1981)[3] is American illusionist who in 2003 became one of four Americans to ever win the title Grand Prix "Best Overall" at the World Championships of Magic.[4] In 2012, Jason starred in the six live British television specials on the BBC One's "The Magicians," and won UK competition overall.[5] Currently Latimer is one of the judges with Penn & Teller and Christen Gerhart of the American magic competition television series Wizard Wars on the Syfy channel. [6]

BBC One's The Magicians[edit]

In 2012, Latimer competed against the British magic duo Barry and Stuart and British comedy magician Pete Firman in all categories of magic on the second season of the British television series "The Magicians."[7] The winner was determined by the British public vote. Over the course of six specials, Latimer was named the season’s winner and series champion of season 2 of The Magicians.[5]

SyFy's Wizard Wars[edit]

Jason Latimer is one of the judges with Penn & Teller and Christen Gerhart on the contest reality television series Wizard Wars on the Syfy channel. [6]

The World Championships of Magic[edit]

Jason Latimer is the third American in history to be awarded magic's highest honor of being titled "The Grand Prix World Champion of Magic"[4][8] in 2003 by the International Federation of Magic Societies (FISM)[9] The two previous American winners of the "Grand Prix" are Lance Burton of the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1982 and close up magician Johnny Ace Palmer in 1988. Latimer was awarded multiple "World Championship" titles and FISM awards in categories of close up magic and in the invention & design.[4][9][10]

Recognition in the Field of Science[edit]

Latimer was the special guest performer and presenter for Kshitij 2008 of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) for his work utilizing light and laser technology.[11]

In 2009, Latimer's contributions in illusion, science, and technology earned him an invite to be a presenter and performer at The Origins Symposium at Arizona State University.[12][13][14][15]

In Oct 2013, Latimer was a speaker of the TEDxWallStreet conference at the NYSE. His talk was entitled, "Seeing Beyond the Illusion of Knowledge" referencing the necessity of wonder in the age of information. [16]

In July 2014, (and currently ongoing), Jason Latimer opened "Perception: See Beyond the Illusion," the first live show with the dome projection OMNIMAX/ IMAX Dome experience at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA. "Perception" was a show designed to unite all sciences (i.e. mathematics, physics, chemistry, psychology, etc.) with illusion to inspire thinking, wonder, and curiosity in a science center. [17]

Latimer has degrees and fields of study in Mathematics, Economics, and Applied Physics with research in multiple fields of Psychology of perception and attention from University of California Santa Barbara.[18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Television Specials & Appearances[edit]

  • Syfy: Wizard Wars Season 1, Episodes 1–6 - Judge
  • TEDxWallStreet - 2013 Keynote Speaker
  • CBS – The Talk Season 3, Episode 49 - Celebrity Guest and Entertainment
  • BBC One – The Magicians Season 2, Ep. 1–6, 2012 - Starring Role
  • NBC – The Ellen DeGeneres Show Performance, aired October 31, 2008 - Guest and Entertainment
  • CBS – The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson 2004, 2005 - Guest and Entertainment
  • Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde - With Patrick Sébastien - Entertainment
  • BBC – History of Magic, Close up Magic 2008 - Interview and Documentary

Latimer Effects and Designs[edit]


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  2. ^ "Latimer the world champion of magic". 
  3. ^ "Jason Latimer". The Daily Republic. August 26, 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "World Champion of Magic Winners". FISM. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Pete Firman: poster-boy for British comedy magic". The Telegraph. 13 Feb 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  6. ^ a b SyFy Channel. "Wizard Wars". www.syfy.com. Syfy Channel. Retrieved Nov 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Magicians (TV Series)". Wikipedia. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "This Is A Nice Trick". Los Angeles Times. Dec 8, 2005. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Jason Latimer". genii Magazine. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "The Official Website of Latimer The World Champion of Magic". LATIMER FX, Inc. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Kshitij 2008 Indian Institutes of Technology". Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  12. ^ Smith, Jessica (21 April 2009). "Greatest minds discuss origins of universe at ASU". Mesa Legend. 
  13. ^ Swedlund, Eric (2 April 2009). "Hawking, six Nobel Laureates, to headline ASU symposium". Tech Frontiers Reports. Hawking's evening lecture will focus on black holes, extra dimensions and the origin of the universe. Renowned magician Jason Latimer will also make a demonstration. 
  14. ^ "Origins Symposium Pinnacle". Liberated Mind. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Before the Beginning: Science's Greatest Minds Gather at ASU". Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  16. ^ TEDx WALLSTREET. "TEDx WALLSTREET Speakers". http://tedxwallstreet.com. TEDx Talks. Retrieved Nov 4, 2014. 
  17. ^ Fleet, Reuben H. "Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Hosts Jason Latimer, World Champion of Magic". www.rhfleet.org. Fleet Science Center. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  18. ^ "There's Science Behind the Magic". New York Times Upfront. 2006-04-24. p. Vol. 138 Issue 13, p6. 
  19. ^ a b "The Magicians (TV Series)". BBC. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Chambers, Andy D. (28 September 2012). "Jason Latimer Interview. Magic Redesigned". Putting Performers and Stand-Ups First: PPSF. 
  21. ^ a b c d Diana Nollen (10 January 2010). "Strange Magic: World Champion Brings High-tech Twists to Illusions". 
  22. ^ a b "Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Team". LATIMER FX, Inc. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Breaking Down The Impossible". Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  25. ^ "Magician to Perform at Youth Fundraiser". The Acorn. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Ed Byrne Faces the Final Forfeit in Last in Series of BBC One’s The Magicians". Unreality Primetime TV. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Got To Dance’s Kimberley Wyatt levitates during BBC’s The Magicians". Unreality Primetime TV. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Most Amazing Teleportation in History". Streamica. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

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