Michael Ammar

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Michael Ammar
Michael ammar itallian headshot.jpg
Born (1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 60)
Logan, West Virginia
Occupation Magician
Known for Magic and Magic Training
Website http://www.ammarmagic.com/

Michael Ammar (born June 25, 1956) is an American close-up magician.[1] He is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living magicians.[2]


Ammar was born in Logan, West Virginia. He is of Lebanese Christian heritage.[2]

Ammar earned a degree from West Virginia University in business administration in 1978.[2]


In 1982 Ammar competed with magicians from 30 countries to win the "Gold Medal in Close-up Magic" at Lausanne, Switzerland.[2]

It was during the 80's that he developed a close friendship with his mentor, Dai Vernon ("The Professor") – whose influence can be seen in every show Ammar performs.[citation needed]

Ammar was invited to perform on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" – where he was a repeat guest.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Ammar appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.[citation needed]. 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).[2]

He appeared on NBC's 1998 "Worlds Greatest Magic 5" special,[2] and has been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Ammar has made private performances at Universal Studios and the Vatican.[citation needed] He performed and coordinated the magic talent at George W. Bush's Presidential inaugural banquet.[2] He was the first featured performer at the "Caesars Magical Empire" at Caesars Palace.[citation needed]

Ammar has performed on television in many countries, including: England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia.[2]

Magic Instructor[edit]

Ammar helped pioneer the magic lecture tour industry,[citation needed] and has been lecturing to other magicians since about 1982.[1]

In 1999 Magic Magazine named Ammar as "One of the Most Influential Magicians in the Twentieth Century".[2]

On August 26, 2010, Outside Magazine cited Ammar as the "go-to source" for magic instruction.[3] 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.[3]



  • Distinguished Alumni Award from West Virginia University 2003
  • Magician of the Year, Tannens, NY 2000[2]
  • Best Close Up Magic, World Magic Awards, 1999[2]
  • 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


  1. ^ a b Omar, Aref (October 28, 2007). "Get cool with magic". New Straits Times. Media Prima. Retrieved November 25, 2012 – via HighBeam. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Michael Ammar ('78 BS)". Alumni. West Virginia University. 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "45. Learn a magic trick". Outside Online. Outside Magazine. August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 

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