In his early childhood, Peter Marvey was fascinated with any form of flying, whether the flight of birds, stage "flying" or aviation. He expressed his passion by creating simple wings made of wood and textile. His parents booked a flight from Zurich to Geneva, for the exclusive reason of allowing him to "experience flight".
He was also fascinated by magic. He soon became aware of his talent for this art and invested all his time and energy in it. He was caught doing finger practice under his desk at school. While still in high school, Marvey created his first illusion, a version of levitating girl. Later on he interrupted his studies to concentrate on creating illusions.
Marvey studied, designed and practiced for seven years to create an illusion called "Dream Flying", which made his name in the magic business and became a signature piece. He first performed this illusion in Perpignan, France, in October 1999, for a magic convention. He later performed it live on TV in 2001.
Marvey has created seven different flying systems so far. These and other achievements renewed the long history of the flying illusion and gave it new dimensions. Marvey invented a system to turn and move while flying in more directions than ever done before. He made it possible to fly in bright light, also for the first time in magic history. He was the first magician who changed his costume in mid air.
For an exhibition event in Bremen in 2002 Marvey developed an illusion which allowed him to fly over the audience, which some magicians had previously believed to be impossible. In 2005, he designed a flying illusion for the singing star Ayumi Hamasaki. In the Saitama arena in Tokyo and later on in other stadiums, the superstar flew 60 metres over the audience together with two dancers in a turning ball.
In 2006, Marvey presented a flying illusion for and with dolphins for the Japanese TV channel TBS. In 2007, Marvey created the "Flying Coach" illusion for a leading indoor international horse show, the CSI Zurich. The floating coach was pulled by seven horses, and escorted by fairies with huge wings, all in white. About 40,000 spectators had the chance to see this illusion from all around the arena.
Aside from flying illusions, Marvey has created many levitation systems. These include the levitaion of spectators live on stage and floating objects which can be watched at close range.
Other grand illusions in his shows include being cut in half at the waist. The legs are on a unicycle which circles the stage, disconnected from the upper body. In another illusion, he dons a Superman-like costume and proceeds to shorthen his legs to less than half their normal length.
Marvey is also a champion prestidigitator, able to make cards appear out of thin air and disappear again.
Achievements and awards
Marvey has won awards in several international magical competitions, where performers are judged by magic experts and prominent people from show business. Prince Albert of Monaco presented him with the Golden Wand trophy in 1996. Marvey received the Merlin Award of the International Magicians Society in 2002. He won third prize in the Grand Prix Manipulation category at the 19th world championship of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) in 1994 in Yokohama, Japan. In 1993, he received an award from The Society of American Magicians. He was Swiss National Champion for 1993-1995.
Peter Marvey is the world leader in magical flying.
The flying illusion is considered to be one of the most difficult, most wanted but also most dangerous illusions of all.
Peter Marvey created seven different flying systems so far to achieve this wonderful illusion. In addition, he created the legendary Flying Coach, Levitating Spectators, Haunted Balloon Basket, Flying Screen and other levitations.
Already in his early childhood, Peter Marvey was absolutely fascinated with any form of “flying”, whether with birds, technically or flying in space. He expressed his passion by creating simple wings made of wood and textile.
His parents booked a flight from Zurich to Geneva, for the exclusive reason to allow him to “experience flight”.
Later on, the art of magic opened the way to new dimensions, which Peter Marvey took advantage of.
In high school, Peter Marvey created his first illusion; it was a levitating girl.
For seven years, Peter Marvey studied, designed and practiced for his first flying called “DreamFlying”. He improved the historical magic flying system with revolutionary achievements. Peter Marvey invented a system to turn and move while flying in more directions than ever done before. He made it possible to fly in bright light, also for the first time in magic’s history. He was the first magician who changed his costume in mid air – in the fraction of a second.
These and other achievements renewed the long history of the flying and brought this illusion to another dimension. Peter Marvey performed his legendary Flying called “DreamFlying” the first time in Perpignan, France, in October 1999, for a magic convention.
In the following years, Peter Marvey created (7) completely different systems to achieve the same illusion for live productions, TV and special conditions. For the first time ever, Peter Marvey performed the flying illusion live on TV in 2001.
For an exhibition event in Bremen in 2002 he developed a flying which allowed him to fly over the audience – another dream of magic which was never done before. And which was taught in the magic circle to be an absolute impossible illusion which could never be achieved.
In 2005, Peter Marvey designed a flying illusion for the singing star Ayumi Hamasaki. In the Saitama arena in Tokyo and later on in other stadiums, the superstar was flying 60 meters together with two dancers in a turning ball - over the audience.
By this time, magicians and show production companies from all over the world contacted Peter Marvey for his advice and illusions in that field.
World tour in Europa
Belgien: Brüssel: Villa "Les Vignes" (privat); Oostende: Casino-Kursaal Deutschland: Bayreuth: Stadthalle; Bensheim: Varieté Pegasus; Bonn: Hotel Maritim; Braunschweig: Stadthalle; Dresden: Kulturpalast; Düsseldorf: Swisshotel; Frankenthal: Stadthalle; Frankfurt: Tigerpalast / Alte Oper; Göttingen: Stadthalle; Hamburg: Ebert Halle; Sindelfingen: Stadthalle; Stade/Hamburg: Stadeum; Stuttgart: Liederhalle England: Blackpool: Opera House Theatre; London: The New Cockney Empire Music-Hall Finland: Kouvola Talo Frankreich: Paris: Palais des Arts et des Congrès d'Issy; Perpignan: Palais des Congrès Holland: Haarlem Theatre Irland: University Limerick Italien: Bologna: Fiera Palazzo dei Congressi Luxemburg: Luxemburg: Casino 2000 Monaco: Monte Carlo: Theatre Princess Grace, Loews Hotel Österreich: Wien: Schloss Laxenburg / Hotel Hilton; Dornbirn: Messe-Modeschau Portugal: Porto: Casino da Figueira da Foz / Casino Estoril Schweden: Lund: Star Hotel Schweiz: Zürich: Hotel Dolder / Kongresshaus / Bernhard Theater / Swisshotel; Lausanne: Palais de Beaulieu; Davos: World Economic Forum (WEF) Spanien: Barcelona: Theatro Borras; Oviedo: Centro Cultural Campoamor; Malaga: Theatro Cervantes Ungarn: Budapest var. Theatres in den USA
California: Hollywood: The Magic Castle; Hollywood Beverly Hills: Beverly Wiltshire Hotel Florida: Fort Lauderdale: Baily Hall Louisiana: New Orleans: Orpheum Theater Massachusetts: Cape Cod Nevada: Las Vegas: Casino Tropicana / Caesar's Palace Illinois: Savanna: Havencrest Castle in Süd - Mittelamerika
Argentinen: Buenos Aires: Buenos Aires News; Tucuman: Jockey Club Chile: Santiago de Chile: Theatro Municipal Guatemala: Guatemala City: Hotel Camino Real / Teatro al Aire Libre in Asien
China: Nanjing; Shanghai: Grand Theatre Shanghai Dubai (Vereinigte Arabische Emirate): Hotel Grand Hyatt Hong Kong: City Hall Indien: Bombay: Bombay Film Awards, Aufführung in Zusammenarbeit mit Lido von Paris Japan: Yokohama: Yokohama Convention Center; Tokyo: Studio NHK Qatar: Doha Singapur: Ritz-Carlton Hotel im Millenia Singapore Complex Südkorea: Seoul: Grand Peace Palace Taiwan: Taipei: National Theater in Afrika
Tunesien: Djerba; Hammamet auf Kreuzfahrten
Club Med 2: 4-Mast Segelschiff Royal Caribbean: Splendor of the Seas / Vision of the Seas / Legend of the Seas / Voyager of the Seas (grösstes Kreuzfahrtschiff weltweit) in TV
Tokyo TV Studio NHK Las Vegas, Caesar's Palace "The World's Greatest Magic" NBC München "Knoff Hoff Show" ZDF Zürich 2 x "Benissimo" SF DRS / "Risiko" SF DRS / Night Moor SF DRS Monte Carlo "Grand Prix of Magic" verschiedene Sender Porto "ista é Magia!" C1 Barcelona Magic Show TV3 Columbia TV Studio Bogota Paris 4 x "Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde" mit Patrick Sebastian Rom "TeleThon" Raiuno / Sabato italiano Raiuno Türkei TV
He is currently performing his full show in Genting Highland (Malaysia) until November 26, 2014..