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Luis de Matos
Luis de Matos at The Magic Circle Awards in October 2013..jpg
"The Devant Award" Luis de Matos at The Magic Circle Awards in October 2013.
Luis Manuel Curcialeiro Godinho de Matos

(1970-08-23) August 23, 1970 (age 50)

Luis de Matos (born 23 August 1970, full name Luis Manuel Curcialeiro Godinho de Matos)[1] is a Portuguese magician. He has been called “the best known illusionist in Portugal”[1] and was the co-winner of the "Golden Grolla" in 2013 alongside Lu Chen and Dynamo.[2]

He was the youngest magician ever to receive "The Devant Award" from The Magic Circle (October 19, 2013).[3]

Life and career[edit]

Luis de Matos was born in Maputo, then called Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, in 1970, a Portuguese overseas province until 1975. At the age of five he moved with his parents to Portugal where the family settled in Avelar, a civil parish of the municipality of Ansião.[1] At age 14, he moved to Coimbra to complete his technical studies, living with his cousins.[1] There, he earned a bachelor's degree (B.Ag) in agricultural technical engineering from Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra (ESAC) part of the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra (IPC).[1]

He had his first guest appearances on television in 1990; two years later, he hosted his own television series entitled "Isto é Magia!" ("This is Magic").[2] This was followed by several other successful TV magic shows.[1]

In 1995 Luis de Matos predicted the winning numbers of Portugal’s national lottery one week's time in advance and, as one journalist put it, went overnight “from being ‘the cute kid who does tricks’ into the David Copperfield of Portugal.”[4]

In the following years, he won several international prizes such as the "Magician of the year" (Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts − 1999) and the “Mandrake d’or” (French Society of Magicians − 2000).[2]

In 2003, he was asked to cooperate in preparing the opening ceremony for the Estádio do Dragão in Porto. During that ceremony, he had bags with pieces of blue silk distributed to the audience and asked them to hold the pieces aloft simultaneous. Then, he made all the some 52,000 pieces of silk vanish, a trick that entered the Guinness Book of Records.[4]

Luis de Matos has made appearances and started as a regular in TV shows worldwide like "Shalakabula" in Spain, BBC ”The Magicians”, and its latest Spanish version “Por Arte de Magia”.[5] He had a program for ten years on TVG.[1]

In 2010, in collaboration with David Britland and Marco Tempest, Luis de Matos organized The Essential Magic Conference, at that time the first online magic conference.[2] His most ambitious project to date is the creation of ESTÚDIO33 in Ansião, at the same time a TV studio, workshop, documentation center, and museum.[1]

Luis de Matos "Special Fellowship Award" by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts, April 2013.

In 2013 Luis de Matos receives in Los Angeles, his third award by the Hollywood Academy of Magical Arts, the “Special Fellowship Award."[6]

Luís de Matos also organizes “Street Magic Festivals”, occurring every year in Portugal, where he brings performers from all over the world.[7][7]


  • 1990. First professional appearance on RTP1 Christmas Special ('Natal dos Hospitais') as the ceremony's host.
  • 1991. Hosts a ten-minute spot on a morning show called 'Espaço Mágico' (13 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 1992. Writes and hosts 'Isto é Magia' ('This is Magic') series (40 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 1991. Participates as game show host on 'Caça ao Tesouro' ('Treasure Hunt') for 96 episodes on RTP1.
  • 1992. Writes and hosts 'Isto é Magia' ('This is Magic') (26 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 1994. Writes and hosts 'Noite Mágica' ('Magic Night') (26 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 1994. Hosts live with Ana do Carmo Festival da Canção on RTP1.
  • 1995. Hosts a Portuguese talk show 'Domingo em Cheio!' (10 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 1995. Participates on the 'Magiskt Show', Sweden; 'World's Greatest Magic', NBC; 'Champions of Magic', ABC.
  • 1996. Writes, produces and hosts 'Ilusões com Luis de Matos' (26 episodes) on RTP1 having Sónia Araújo as his assistant.
  • 1996. Participates for the second time at Monaco's 'Champions of Magic', produced by ABC.
  • 2001. Writes, produces and hosts 'Luis de Matos Ao Vivo' (13 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 2005. Hosts with Catarina Furtado, live on RTP1 the 'Gala Pirilampo Mágico' (Portuguese famous gala show).
  • 2006. 'Luis de Matos 3D' (TV Special) on RTP1.
  • 2006. Participates as regular on the Spanish TV Show 'Shalakabula' (21 episodes).
  • 2006. Begins his weekly participation on Spanish TV Show 'Luar' on TVG, which is still ongoing (currently in its 9th Season of participation).
  • 2008. Writes, produces and hosts 'Mistérios' (13 episodes) on RTP1.
  • 2009. Participates in several international TV Shows: 'Surprise, Surprise' (Romania) and 'Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde' (France).
  • 2011. The Magicians, (5 TV Specials) for BBC.
  • 2011. Participates on RTP1 live gala show 'PORTUGAL APLAUDE' dedicated to arts.
  • 2012. This is Magic, (2 TV Shows) recorded for MBC South Korea.
  • 2013. Por Arte de Magia recorded in Spain for Antena 3.


  • 1999. "A Magia de Luis de Matos" ("Luis de Matos Magic"/"Mobile Theatre Tour") - first national tour (Portugal), 45 cities, 245 shows took place in a special venue created and designed by Luis de Matos called “Teatro Móvel” ("Mobile Theatre").
  • 2001. "Utopia" - 12.000 spectators audience at Pavilhão Atlântico, Lisbon.
  • 2002. "Luis de Matos CLOSE-UP" - touring Portugal and Spain for seven years.
  • 2004. "Luis de Matos ENIGMA" - touring Portugal and Spain for five years.
  • 2012. "Luis de Matos CHAOS" - touring Portugal and Spain.

The Illusionists 2.0[8]

  • Adelaide, Australia[9] (from 27 December 2013 to 5 January 2014)
  • Sydney, Australia[10] (from 8 to 16 January 2014)
  • Brisbane, Australia[11] (from 19 to 27 January 2014)
  • Mexico City, Mexico[12] (from 16 to 27 July 2014)
  • Auckland, New Zealand[13] (from 2 to 13 September 2014)
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE[14] (from 25 to 29 October 2014)
  • Dubai, UAE Dubai World Trade Center[15] (from 30 October to 5 November 2014)
  • Istanbul, Turkey[16] (from 13 to 17 November 2014)
  • Melbourne, Australia[17] (from 16 to 25 January 2015)
  • Perth, Australia[18] (from 11 to 19 April 2015)



  • "O Mundo Mágico de Luis de Matos" ("Luis de Matos Magic World") | Publisher Gradiva | 1995 - Author.
  • "Hocus Pocus" by Paul Kieve | Publisher Dom Quixote | 2009 - Preface by Luis de Matos.


  • "Luis de Matos HOME TOUR" | released and distributed by Jornal de Notícias | 2002 - Author; Producer.
  • "Enciclopédia Mágica" | released and distributed by Jornal de Notícias | 2003 - Author; Producer.
  • “Luis de Matos EXTREME Human Body Stunts for Professionals” | Essential Magic Collection | 2009 - Author; Producer.
  • "The Magic Square" | Essential Magic Collection | 2011 - Author; Producer.
  • "The Egg Bag" | Essential Magic Collection | 2013 - Author; Producer.
  • "The Floating Ball" | Essential Magic Collection | 2014 - Author; Producer.

Magic Kits[edit]

  • "Luis de Matos MAGICUS" | Includes Original DVD | 2011 | Concentra.
  • "Isto é Magia!" | 2006 | Concentra.
  • "SCHHH... Isto é Segredo!" | Includes Original VHS | Frenesim.



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Freitas de Sousa, Augusto (1 April 2018). "Luís de Matos—Abracadabra". UP Magazine. Lisbon: TAP. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Arts: Magician Luis de Matos awarded the Golden Grolla Prize—Italy". Portuguese American Journal. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ Pilar, Patricia (11 November 2019). "Luís de Matos—Impossível Live". Portugal News. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b Lynch, Donal (27 February 2017). "Predicting winning Lottery numbers... now that's magic". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Luis de Matos, el rey del escapismo". Antena3. April 11, 2013.
  6. ^ "Magik, iluzjonista Luís de Matos: "Obiecuję kłamać i zawsze to robię"". Naszemiasto. Warsaw. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b Portugal, Rádio e Televisão de. "RTP Notícias". RTP Notícias.
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  9. ^ "Her Majesty's Theatre". Adelaide Festival Centre.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2014-08-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2013-03-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-09. Retrieved 2020-03-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "Home". February 9, 2021.
  16. ^ "Anasayfa". Zorlu Center.
  17. ^ "Home | Arts Centre Melbourne".
  18. ^ "Accommodation Restaurants Hotels Casino - Crown Perth".
  19. ^ ""The Merlin Award to magic is what the Oscar is to the movies."".
  20. ^ "Luís de Matos distinguido em Hollywood pela terceira vez". Lux.
  21. ^ "Diário de Coimbra". Diário de Coimbra.
  22. ^ "Information, news and events from The Magic Circle".

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