Rob Lake

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Rob Lake
Born (1982-12-30) 30 December 1982 (age 31)
Norman, Oklahoma
Occupation Magician, illusionist
Website
http://www.roblake.com

Rob Lake (born December 30, 1982) is an American magician and illusionist known for his original grand illusions and elaborate theatrical interactive performances. Rob Lake has performed his illusion shows all over the USA, Japan, Australia, Europe, Guam, and Thailand. He currently performs his show on television, in casinos, and theaters around the world.

Career[edit]

Rob Lake became interested in magic at age 10 when he saw the Kirby VanBurch show in Branson, Missouri. VanBurch soon became Rob's mentor along with another magician, Jim Smithson.

In 2005 at age 22, Rob embarked on his first international tour, performing in Japan for several months. Back in the US, Rob started performing his theatrical show for casinos and cruise ships, including Disney Cruise Line and Holland America Line.[1] In 2008 Rob became the youngest magician ever to receive a Merlin Award as the International Stage Magician of the Year.[2][3] Rob Lake performed several of his illusions for the international program, Great Magicians of the World that aired internationally in 2008 & 2009.

Rob Lake has toured his show consistently at theatres and casinos in the USA and abroad, spending at least 75% of his year on the road.[4][5] Rob Lake has performed across the USA, from the Florida Keys to California. Notable performances include 3 tours in Japan, 4 tours in Europe including England, France, Germany, Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, as well as Australia, Guam, Thailand, Hawaii, and even at The White House.[6][7] In 2012, Rob Lake performed to great reviews at Harrah's Casino.[8][9] On March 29, 2013, Rob Lake made an armored truck containing $1,000,000 cash magically appear outside of the FedEx Forum in Memphis TN in front of over 15,000 audience members.[10][11] Rob Lake created this illusion for Caesars Entertainment Corporation with less than 3 weeks notice as part of the summer promotion Millionaire Maker. Caesars was so impressed that they bought airtime and played video of the feat in Times Square and the on the Las Vegas Strip.[12] Rob has performed his illusions on television. In 2013 Rob performed 6 illusions for Masters of Illusion (TV series) to air in 2014.[13][14][15] Rob Lake was featured on Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World syndicated television series in 2013 and 2014.

Rob Lake is known for his large scale illusions and theatrical presentations at theatres and casinos around the world. In April 2014 Rob Lake brought his grand scale illusions to Resorts World New York City Casino.[16]

Rob Lake is scheduled to appear nightly at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey in July and August 2014.[17][18][19]

Operation Magic[edit]

Starting in 2009, Rob Lake performs an annual month-long international tour to entertain US military, bringing magic to troops and their families overseas. Rob Lake brings his shows to troops stationed at bases in remote areas in Europe and the Pacific, and donates hundreds of magic tricks to the troops and their families.[20][21]

Oklahoma Tornado Benefit Show[edit]

On August 24, 2013 Rob Lake performed a benefit show in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma to raise funds and awareness for local charity groups helping the thousands of pets left homeless after the May 2013 Tornado outbreak.[22] After the performance, Rob Lake was recognized with a citation from the Oklahoma House of Representatives praising Rob for his commitment to helping the citizens and animals of Oklahoma.[23] Rob Lake was also recognized on Oklahoma Magazine's 40 under 40 list[24]

Magic Consulting[edit]

In addition to performing, Rob Lake designs and creates special effects and illusions for film, TV, plays and musicals.

Over 2.6 million people saw Rob Lake's illusions on Season 2 of Necessary Roughness (TV series)[25][26] Rob Lake has designed and created the magic onstage for over 600 productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast around the world, dozens of productions of The Phantom of the Opera, and numerous other productions including Shrek the Musical, A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, The Woman in Black, The Wizard of Oz and more.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Norman Magazine - July/August by The Norman Transcript". ISSUU. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Merlin Award Recipients". Imsmagic.com. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  3. ^ Anonymous (2008-05-22). "Norman magician Rob Lake captures Merlin Award » Local news". The Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  4. ^ "‘A Night of Magic’ at the PAC | News Archives". Archives.ecmpublishers.info. 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  5. ^ The Virginian-Pilot© January 21, 2010 (2010-01-21). "Rob Lake Magic Show is on the rise | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com". HamptonRoads.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  6. ^ Anonymous. "Tricks of the trade » Entertainment". The Norman Transcript. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Rob Lake - International Illusionist 10/17 by Job Talk Radio BC | Jobs Podcasts". Blogtalkradio.com. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Harrah's Presents Show to the Big Easy » Local news". New Orleans Local. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  9. ^ Coviello, Will. "Review: Le Royal Rouge Show | Stage Previews and Reviews | Gambit - New Orleans News and Entertainment". Bestofneworleans.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  10. ^ "Armored Truck Magically Appears in Downtown Memphis to Launch One of the Richest Casino Promotions in History". MarketWatch. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  11. ^ "Caesars Tunica offers weekly $1 million jackpot - Memphis Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  12. ^ May 1, 2013 (2013-05-01). "Armored Truck Amazingly Appears". Freemagicschool.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  13. ^ "CW Revives Magic Show 'Masters of Illusion'". Hollywoodreporter.com. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  14. ^ Rick Kissell @ratesrick (2014-04-17). "CW Sets Summer Timeslots for ‘Backpackers,’ Other New Shows". Variety. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  15. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Scoop-MASTERS-OF-ILLUSION-on-THE-CW-Friday-August-1-2014-20140716#.U8lCmYBdVHp
  16. ^ "Rob Lake at Resorts". theaterlife.com. 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  17. ^ "Atlantic City Entertainment | Atlantic City Clubs & Nightlife | Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey". Trumptaj.com. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  18. ^ http://www.atlanticcityweekly.com/arts-and-entertainment/features/Masterful-Magician-Rob-Lake-266766531.html
  19. ^ http://www.broadwayworld.com/new-jersey/article/Illusionist-Rob-Lake-Makes-Home-at-Atlantic-Citys-Trump-Taj-Mahal-and-Shoots-New-CW-series-20140724#.U9E83oBdVHq
  20. ^ "Illusionist dazzles audiences during Armed Forces Entertainment tour | Article | The United States Army". Army.mil. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  21. ^ "Armed Forces Entertainment". Armed Forces Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  22. ^ None. "Rob Lake". Okgazette.com. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  23. ^ "Second Chance Animal Sanctuary". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  24. ^ Mattox, Jami (2014-03-26). "40 Under 40 – Oklahoma Magazine - Page 21". Okmag.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  25. ^ "Wednesday Cable Ratings: ‘Espy Awards’ Win Night, ‘Royal Pains’, ‘Dallas’, ‘Necessary Roughness’, ‘Baby Daddy’, ‘Melissa & Joey’ & More - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  26. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2393161/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
  27. ^ "Magician Rob Lake to perform in Bamberg and Ansbach | USAG Schweinfurt". Schweinfurt.army.mil. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

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