Magic X is a collective group of magicians dedicated to reshaping the way magic is perceived and performed.
Magic X began in 1995 at an IHOP in Hollywood, California by friends, Enrico de la Vega and Chris Gongora. The two met while they were both Junior Magicians at the Magic Castle. They decided to unite a core group of their close friends from the Junior Society to form a cohesive group with the purpose to reshape the way magic is perceived by the public.
Magic X is made up of sixteen magicians:
- Chris Gongora
- Rico de la Vega
- Justin Kredible
- Danny Cole
- Lisa de la Vega
- Michael Grasso
- Jason Neidstadt
- Joel Broock
- Thomas Meier
- Erik Seidenglanz
- Farrah Siegel
- Tony “Digital-T” Austin
- De'vo Vom Schattenreich
- Angela Funovits
Magic X Live
Blending illusion, music, and performance art, Magic X Live has played in clubs throughout California, at Coachella 2002 (the annual three-day music and arts festival in Indio, CA), and continues to this day.
The first Magic X Live show was performed at the now defunct Garage in Los Angeles in 2000 and featured Chris Gongora, Rico de la Vega, Lisa de la Vega, Danny Cole, and Joel Broock.
Chris Gongora and Rico de la Vega partnered with 10 x 10 Entertainment’s Ken Mok to bring Magic X to television. The show, titled T.H.E.M. - Totally Hidden Extreme Magic became an hour-long prime-time reality special for Magic X, first airing on NBC in 2004, then on the Sci-Fi Channel. It’s still being broadcast worldwide and can be found on countless websites across the internet.
T.H.E.M. showcased hidden-camera magic, a concept where magicians perform illusions and sleight-of-hand to unsuspecting targets in real life situations. The magicians never tell anyone that they are magicians and the unsuspecting bystander believes that they are witnessing a freak occurrence of nature.
Chris Gongora and Rico de la Vega served as producers on the show and they, along with Cyril, Justin Kredible, Lisa de la Vega, Danny Cole, Michael Grasso, Jason Neidstadt, and Thomas Meier performed magic on the show. Loren Christopher Michaels created many of the illusions used on the series. Tony Austin composed the music including the theme song.
Chris Gongora and Rico de la Vega next partnered with Ashton Kutcher’s production company, Katalyst Films to bring the series Room 401 to MTV. Room 401 (named after the hospital room number that Houdini died in on Halloween in 1926) captures how unsuspecting bystanders react when placed in supernatural environments.