June 25, 1956 |
Logan, West Virginia
|Known for||Magic and Magic Training|
Ammar earned a degree from West Virginia University in business administration in 1978.
In 1982 Ammar competed with magicians from 30 countries to win the "Gold Medal in Close-up Magic" at Lausanne, Switzerland.
Ammar was invited to perform on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" – where he was a repeat guest. He moved to Los Angeles - where he became a regular performer at the Playboy Mansion, and made appearances on the Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, CNN, and Travel Channel.
Ammar appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.. By 1990 the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood had awarded him its "Oscar" in six separate categories (the maximum number of awards for which his is eligible).
Ammar has made private performances at Universal Studios and the Vatican. He performed and coordinated the magic talent at George W. Bush's Presidential inaugural banquet. He was the first featured performer at the "Caesars Magical Empire" at Caesars Palace.
Ammar has performed on television in many countries, including: England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia.
On August 26, 2010, Outside Magazine cited Ammar as the "go-to source" for magic instruction. The magazine published a list of "100 Things to Do Before You Die", and numbered 45 as "Learn a magic trick"—suggesting studying with the master, Michael Ammar.
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- Distinguished Alumni Award from West Virginia University 2003
- Magician of the Year, Tannens, NY 2000
- Best Close Up Magic, World Magic Awards, 1999
- Gold Medalist, World Sleight-of-Hand Competition, FISM, 1982
- Best Sleight-of-Hand, International Magic Awards, 1991
- Best Sleight-of-Hand, International Magic Awards, 1992
- Best Parlor Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1990
- Best Parlor Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1985
- Best Close-Up Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1983
- Best Lecturer, Academy of Magical Arts, 1983
- Best Close-Up Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1981
- Omar, Aref (October 28, 2007). "Get cool with magic". New Straits Times. Media Prima. Retrieved November 25, 2012 – via HighBeam. (subscription required (. ))
- "Michael Ammar ('78 BS)". Alumni. West Virginia University. 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
- "45. Learn a magic trick". Outside Online. Outside Magazine. August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2012.