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Johannes Franciscus Catharinus Klok
22 February 1969
|Occupation||Magician, illusionist, actor|
He started his professional career in magic as a teenager. At the age of fourteen, he became youth champion of the Netherlands and Europe in conjuring, and won the Wenegini Prize. In 1990, Hans and his assistant Sittah won the Grand Prix of the Netherlands and the Henk Vermeijden Cup with "the fastest metamorphosis in the world". By age 23, he was part of a touring show with Dutch comedian André van Duin.
In 1994, he performed for the first time on the Las Vegas Strip, as part of NBC’s The World's Greatest Magic, broadcast live from Caesars Palace to an audience of 60 million people. Hans used the period after that to prepare his first theatre show, which had its premier in October in the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam. In 1998, he had a second theatre show, 'Magic Live on Stage', followed by 'Magic Impossible'.
In 2007, Klok had a show on the Las Vegas Strip. The Beauty of Magic was a 90-minute production presented in a large theater at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. It debuted on 1 June and closed in mid-December. The show included Pamela Anderson, who paraded onstage in a glittering bathing suit for about 10 minutes as one of Klok's assistants, participating in a couple of illusions including being sawed in half. Klok had previously featured Carmen Electra in his illusions.
Klok toured Europe in 2010 and 2011 with his show The Houdini Experience, a loving tribute to one of his childhood heroes, done after the success of Hurricane.
For the 2011 Dutch daredevil TV-Show Try before you die 2 Klok, for his dare, was asked to take part in a Chippendales-show performed at The Chippendales Theatre (Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino) in April 2011.
In February and March 2012, Klok visited the UK with his stage show The Houdini Experience, playing a five-week run at the Peacock Theatre in London, The gala opening night featured model and actress Linda Lusardi taking on a similar role to Pamela Anderson and acting as Klok's assistant for the evening, including the Buzzsaw finale. He then appeared on BBC TV's magazine programme The One Show to publicise his run, which led to him performing at Stella McCartney's London Fashion Week 2012 party-themed fashion show. There, he entertained the invited VIP guests with a number of tricks and illusions, including the levitation and sawing in half of TV presenter and model Alexa Chung. When interviewed on the Channel 5 talk show LIVE with Gabby, he revealed that his appearance at the Stella McCartney show came about after model Kate Moss saw his appearance on BBC TV's The One Show publicising his UK visit and suggested to McCartney that she should feature him in her show. The original plan for his appearance at McCartney's show was that Moss was to act as his assistant, and she spent several days working with him to rehearse the levitation and sawing illusions, plus a third illusion (not performed in the final show) in which she was beheaded by a guillotine. However, she was unable to perform in the show after suffering a temporary paralysis of her right arm a few days beforehand, and so Chung stepped in at short notice to replace her.
During the UK visit, Klok made a guest appearance on the final episode of the BBC TV show The Magicians, during which he broke his own world record for the number of illusions performed in a five-minute period by performing no fewer than 12 large illusions in 5 minutes.
In May 2013 Klok performed the Illusion Challenge again in the Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, which was broadcast on France 2, a French television channel. This time he performed 15 illusions in 5 minutes, breaking the world record once again. In the last three years Klok has successfully toured in The Netherlands and Germany, with sold out theatres wherever he goes.
On 10 July 2013 Klok performed the Jaws of Death above the Amstel in Amsterdam, as a publicity stunt for his "The New Houdini"show.
On 26 January 2014 Klok won the Silver Clown at the 38th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. He is the first illusionist to ever win this award. In August 2014 Klok will go on tour with The New Houdini in the Netherlands for the last time.
As of February, 2020, Hans Klok has an ongoing show at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas NV.
List of films in which Hans Klok performed as an actor:
- "Hans Klok: The Beauty of Magic featuring Pamela Anderson". Pamelaanderson.com. Archived from the original on 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2007-06-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- LIVE with Gabby, Channel 5, 22 March 2012.
- "Hans Klok". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-06-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)