Tommy Wonder (magician)
Tommy Wonder (November 29, 1953 - June 26, 2006) was the stage name of Jacobus Maria Bemelman, a Dutch magician who performed both close-up and stage magic. Wonder performed in Las Vegas, Monte Carlo and on Fox television.
Wonder developed an interest in conjuring at an early age. He studied acting, dancing and singing for three years at the Academie voor Podiumvorming (Performance Academy) in The Hague and subsequently toured for two years with De Haagsche Comedie.
He took second prize at the World Championships of Magic in 1979 and again in 1988. In 1998 he also received the Performer Fellowship Award from the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. In 1999, he was awarded Best Sleight of Hand Performer from the World Magic Awards. Because Wonder designed and developed all of his own repertoire, he was held in high esteem amongst his colleagues in magic. Wonder's 1996 two-volume The Books of Wonder are highly acclaimed.
Tommy Wonder died after a brief battle with lung cancer.
References and notes
- Joshua Jay in his 2008 book Magic: The Complete Course (page 269) wrote "in 1995 [Tommy Wonder] wrote the two finest modern works on magic". Jamy Ian Swiss wrote a featured article on the books in the June 1996 issue of Genii, naming them "among the very greatest books of this or perhaps even the next, century."