Dean Carnegie

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Dean Alan Carnegie is an American stage magician, escape artist and painter. He has appeared on numerous television programs and has performed for three different US Presidents. He is called 'The Artist of Mystery'.[1]


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he grew up on a horse and cattle farm in Fauquier County, Virginia.[2] He became interested in magic at the age of 8 after watching the movie Houdini starring Tony Curtis. Later a performance of the Houdini Water Torture Cell by magician Doug Henning helped to seal his fascination of the art of magic.[3] In his formative years as a magician he learned mostly from magic books. He loved magic but his first love was escapes because he had been highly influenced by the life of Houdini. One year the local branch of his Post Office challenged him to escape from one of their postal service mailbags and he successfully escaped.[4] Carnegie performed as often as he could in his teens and after he graduated he enrolled in a special course in magic called The Chavez Course of Magic and Manipulation.[5]


Carnegie won a scholarship for art school, but instead put all his attention towards performing.[6] In 1997, Carnegie began painting again. His subject matter is usually focused on magicians. He has created more than 30 magic-related works of art. His artwork has appeared in numerous magazines. The July/August 2005 issue of Elan magazine featured one of his paintings on the cover.[7] In August & September 2007 two of his paintings appeared on the cover of MAGIC,[8] making him the only magician in the history of the magazine to appear on two consecutive covers.


In 2001, Carnegie held the office of Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President for the Society of American Magicians. From 2002-2005 Carnegie performed in his own theatre dubbed The Underground Magic Theatre in Sterling, Virginia.[9] Today Carnegie is a full time performing magician. He also writes a bi-monthly column on magic for a magic periodical. He has co-authored two books on escapes called The Escape Biz Volumes 1&2. The Washington Post wrote about him, "Take Howie Mandel's boyish bald charm, mix it with David Copperfield's magical charisma and poof! You get Dean Carnegie, known as Carnegie: Artist of Mystery."[10]

Steampunk Wizard[edit]

In 2013, Carnegie debuted a new show based on the world of Steampunk called 'The Steampunk Illusionist'.

Carnegie the Steampunk Magician

Magic Historian[edit]

Dean Carnegie is one of the leading magic historians in the world. Since 2010 he has written for This is a Magic History Blog with over 700 articles on magicians and magic history. In late 2018, Carnegie will debut The Magic Detective Podcast!


  • The Escape Biz Volume 1, (2005)
  • The Escape Biz Volume 2, (2006)
  • All Things Magical, Column for Kidabra Journal (2009–present)


  1. ^ Elan Magazine, July/August 2005, pg.38
  2. ^ Loudoun Magazine, Jan 2004
  3. ^ MAGIC Magazine, Sept 2007, pg57
  4. ^ Times Community Newspaper,Weekender, January 6, 1996
  5. ^ Loudoun Magazine, January 2004
  6. ^ Elan Magazine, July/August 2005,pg38
  7. ^ MAGIC Magazine, Sept. 2007, pg. 57
  8. ^ The Art of Deception, by Chuck Romano 2008, pg. 340
  9. ^ Elan Magazine, July/August 2005, pg.37
  10. ^ Washington Post,MAGIC MAN,by Kris Coronado, Oct 27,2008
  • Times Community Newspaper, Weekender, HOCUS-POCUS article by A. Greely
  • Loudoun Magazine, January 2004, article by Jane Smith
  • Elan Magazine, July/August 2005, pgs 36-39
  • MAGIC Magazine, September 2007, Stagewrite Publishing Inc.,pages 54–57
  • The ART OF DECEPTION, by Chuck Romano, published by Chuck Romano Magic, Second Edition 2008, pgs 339-340
  • Washington Post, MAGIC MAN, by Kris Coronado October 27, 2008

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