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Ferguson in July 2006 at the World Series of Poker
|Born||Richard Jeffrey Ferguson
December 1, 1970
Salinas, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Magician, creative consultant, inventor, spokesperson|
Rich Ferguson (born Richard Jeffrey Evans; December 1, 1970), aka "The Ice Breaker", is an American magician, entertainer, inventor and creative consultant. He is the producer and host of the Official Poker Chip Tricks and Card Handling DVD Series. Ferguson is the creator of dozens of effects including instructional DVDs such as "Tagged", "Serial Biller" and "This is Mentalism." Ferguson went to college for engineering and worked for United Parcel Service prior to becoming a full-time entertainer and creative consultant in 1997. Ferguson married Traci Adams August 8, 2008.
Ferguson was born Richard Evans in Salinas, California. His biological mother, Deborah Eden-Evans was murdered in 1974. His biological father, Ronnie Evans, has spent multiple life sentences in various penitentiaries since 1971 for drug trafficking and various crimes on society. Ferguson was removed from Salinas and adopted at the late age of 12 on December 12, 1982 by Roy and Margaret Ferguson in San Luis Obispo, California. After being tested for placement and learning to read at the age of 12, Ferguson showed intelligence of an equivalent 16th grade level.
Rich is a spokesperson and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2005, a Telly award winning documentary was made revealing Rich's unusual childhood. In August 2009, Rich created, hosted and organized Central Coast Talent, a regional version of America's Got Talent for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rich has been recognized from city, state and congress for his community and business excellence receiving Congressional Certificates, The Everest Award and has been showcased during special events for groups like Social Services. Rich is seen on the cover of the San Luis Obispo city map, visitor's guide and business membership directory 2009-2010.
Some career highlights include 2007 NBC Phenomenon finalist, 2008 Best Entertainer (Central California Readers Poll - New Times), 2004 Magic Castle Gold Medal, 2005 Grand Champion Magician Nominee, 40 under 40 Business Award, 20 under 40 Business Award and 2008 Trick of the Year. Some prominent events and performances include touring with Full Tilt Poker in Europe doing workshops and performing magic for 10,000 fans on jumbo screens as well as numerous high profile events for a wide range of celebrities such as Jay Leno, Chuck Liddell, Jack Hanna and Weird Al. In 2009, The United States Playing Card Company made Ferguson’s decks of cards.
Rich Ferguson has been featured on the front page of The New Times, Pacific Coast Business Times, The Tribune and featured as a center spread in BLUFF, a popular gaming magazine which Rich wrote a monthly column for over two years. Numerous appearances on news, radio and television around the US and Europe made Ferguson a popular internet and YouTube magician. Ferguson showcased his Chip Tricks and Card Handling skills at the World Series of Poker in 2006.
In 2004, Ferguson produced and hosted a series of poker chip and card handling DVDs sold by WEA and seen in mainstream stores like Costco. Starting in 2008, Ellusionist exclusively distributed his magic and mentalism DVDs of which one was awarded "Trick of the Year" by the magic community.
In addition to performing for clients and creating books and DVDs, Ferguson is a creative consultant to other entertainers like The Pendragons and companies like Apple. Blank Gag Books and Tricks to Pick Up Chicks are the newest books he has authored. Using his unique childhood story combined with magic, Ferguson is also known for motivational speaking for at risk youth where he presents his keynote program called Magic Maker in which he focuses on overcoming obstacles and common sense. Using his observational awareness and his unique skills as a mentalist, he also trains salespeople and businesses in the arts of psychology, NLP and influence.
In February 2011, Ferguson appeared on FOX and CBS news twenty-one consecutive episodes performing a new trick a day. In March 2011 Rich was a special guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In October 2012, a Halloween prank video went viral and was showcased on nearly every major network around the world including CNN, Yahoo, The Tonight Show, The Today Show and Right This Minute.
The Today Show planned on making a special scare segment with Rich for Halloween in 2012, but Hurricane Sandy caused all flights to be cancelled the day prior to Halloween. On April 1, 2013, Rich returned to The Today Show as their prank expert.
Ferguson holds the world record for coin rolling which was set on July 20, 2004. The previous recognized world record was by magician Jeff McBride with 31 rolls of a silver dollar in each hand. Ferguson beat the Guinness World Record by such a margin with 54 rolls simultaneously per hand that Paul Kieve and Guinness World Record offices in the UK held off accepting it until there was a more standardized and established record. In November 2011, he officially was awarded numerous speed records for playing cards, finger rings and poker chips. In 2011 and 2012, h set 14 world records in various card and coin agility and speed tests. Ferguson was also part of a publicity show for Record Setters and the release of their first World Record Setters book.
Published books and DVDs
- Official Poker Chip Tricks DVD (2004)
- Official Poker Card Stunts DVD (2005)
- Official Poker Shuffles & Cuts DVD (2005)
- Official Poker Flourishes DVD (2005)
- Tagged - Magic Training DVD (2008)
- Serial Biller - Magic Training DVD (2009)
- This is Mentalism - Magic Training DVD (2010)
- Tricks to Pick Up Chicks - Magic Tricks, Lines, Bets, Scams & Psychology - Book (2010)
- What Men Know About Women - Gag Book (2011)
- Why I Love My Job - Gag Book (2011)
- Life After Retirement - Gag Book (2011)
- What I Know About Being a Mom - Gag Book (2011)
- What I Know About Being a Dad - Gag Book (2011)
- The Truth About Government - Gag Book (2011)
- Sex After 50 - Gag Book (2011)
- Sex After 60 - Gag Book (2011)
- Sex After Marriage - Gag Book (2011)
- What Women Know About Men - Gag Book (2011)
- What I Learned in College - Gag Book (2011)
- What I Learned in High School - Gag Book (2011)
- This is Mentalism 2 - Magic Training DVD (2011)
- WTF - Pet Peeves and Other Annoyances - Book (2012)
- the UNORTHODOX collection - Magic Training DVD (2013)
- Telly Award Winning Documentary, "Rags to Riches"
- Speech by Rich's little at 2012 Big Brothers Big Sisters Fundraiser
- Congressional Recognition, 2003-10-24
- San Luis Obispo Chamber and City Website, San Luis Chamber of Commerce, 2009-11-26
- Cover, Best Entertainer, New Times SLO, 2008-05-04
- Cover Story, The Business of Magic, Pacific Coast Business Times, 2004-05-04
- Cover Story, In Magic, He's Ace, The Tribune, 2004-07-03
- Feature Page 28-29, Bluff Magazine, 2005-05
- Interview at World Series of Poker, Rio Hotel, Las Vegas, Poker Listings, 2006
- About.com Interview
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Viral Video
- Yahoo Article, Viral Video
- The Tonight Show Appearance, Viral Video
- The Today Show, Viral Video
- Right This Minute, Viral Video
- 2012 Google Zeitgeist
- Prank Viral Video
- Rich Pranks NBC Today Show, April 1, 2013
- Rich Ferguson's Official Site
- Featured Magician and Special Guest on Ellen DeGeneres Show
- About.com Famous Magician Bio
- Top 10 magician ranking site
- Telly Award Winning Documentary
- Literacy Commercial
- Wedding Guide Blog
- Wow Factor Guide - HereComesTheGuide.com
- Rich Ferguson fan page
- Magic Forum and Blogs about Rich Ferguson Ellusionist.com
- Amazon Author Page