Steve Dacri

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Steve Dacri Performing at the Shimmer Showroom at the Las Vegas Hilton, April 2010
Steve Dacri's Hands, "Fastest in the World"
Steve Dacri reveals his "Martians" to an audience member, Las Vegas, 2011

Stephen "Steve" Robert Dacri (March 22, 1952 – February 11, 2011) was an accomplished sleight-of-hand magician who worked for nearly 30 years at his craft[1] earning him the moniker "The Fastest Hands in the World."[2] He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and died on February 11, 2011 from colon cancer, leaving a wife, Jan, and a son, Jesse. Dacri's interest in magic began at the age of six when his parents gave him a Mandrake the Magician magic set. Within a few years, he was performing magic at family and community gatherings.[3]

“I grew up watching Red Skelton, Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges, The Amazing Ballantine and Jackie Gleason. I always knew I wanted to be able to entertain people like they did,” Steve wrote.[3]

Dacri's joy in entertaining audiences for the majority of his life was clear to everyone who crossed his path. In a blog post dated March 18, 2010, he wrote:

It is obvious to me that most people have never had the chance to see magic in such a setting, performed without props or special sets. To me, this is the real magic, magic that is created in the hands, using age old methods of sleight of hand and misdirection perfected by masters before me. I was lucky to be tutored and coached by the greatest magicians who ever lived, and I owe my success to them. During the show I try to acknowledge them all and we even show a short film clip of the legendary Dai Vernon, whom we called the Professor, as a tribute to the remarkable man who had the distinction of being the only man to fool Houdini. Some nights I even perform the same trick that Vernon used to fool Houdini. To keep things fresh, I am constantly changing things, adding new routines and old ones that I haven't done in many years. I do that for myself as much as for the show. Helps keep me sharp and fresh.[4]

Career appearances[edit]

  • Bellagio
  • Broadcast Television
  • Corporate Conventions & Expositions
  • Cruise Ships
  • Desert Inn
  • Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay
  • Harrah's, Lake Tahoe
  • Las Vegas Hilton Shimmer Showroom - where he performed his last show in 2010* Magic Castle
  • MGM Grand
  • Mirage
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Riviera
  • Secret Pagoda Showroom, Caesar's Magical Empire, Caesar's Palace
  • The Stardust
  • The Venetian
  • Wynn
  • Vegas Video Network Behind the Curtain

Writer and director credits, television and film[edit]

  • Bounty Hunters
  • Emergency Call
  • Magic Notebook

Producer credits[edit]

  • Lemonade Stand, a YouTube Video [5]
  • Meet the Players, a Mockumentary [6]

Interactive Dinner Theatre productions[edit]

  • All American High School Reunion
  • Mario & Mary's Wedding
  • Nathan & Nina's Jewish Italian Wedding starring Wayne Glaser

Television appearances[edit]


  • Commercial Close-Up (1978)
  • Fooling People (1983)


  • 2008 MERLIN Award (the Oscar of the magic world) for 2008 Best Close-up Magician in the World.[8]
  • Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star[9]
  • 2008 and 2009 International Close-Up Magician of the Year


  • "Dacri offers a real change of pace…plenty of tricks up his sleeve…small showroom perfect for showcasing sleight of hand… …genuinely perplexing trickery."[10]
  • "His uncanny magic defies belief and has earned him numerous awards and accolades worldwide. This is a wonderful show filled with tricks, laughs, surprises, audience participation and just plain fun for ages 8-98."[11]
  • "Steve Dacri, the "Xtreme close-up" magician who was so popular at Caesars Magical Empire—is packing them in these days at The Orleans."[12]
  • "Steve Dacri…does an altogether different type of magic…pure sleight of hand, rather than the cabinet-style illusions of most Las Vegas stage shows."[13]
  • "“Steve performs the most mind-blowing magic I have ever seen. It doesn't matter how close you are, you cannot see a thing. Dacri even defies the crowd to "try and catch me". But they never do. He manipulates cards and rings and balls and coins with smooth elegance, and his quick wit keeps you in stitches in between the sleight of hand."[14]
  • "Wow… masterful performances…a magical treat... What fun this is! Dacri certainly lives up to his billing with dizzying close-up shenanigans that even the "bunny-cam" can't catch, and he does it all in a context of great comfortable fun that plays especially well in this venue."[15]
  • "...Outstanding! Brilliant! Don’t miss this show, Steve is the best I have ever seen."[16]
  • "His magic skills are matched by his engaging personality and winning smile. His 30-plus years of experience onstage give him a vast array of one-liners and comebacks to draw from. He is relaxed and totally in control as he fools the crowd over and over. It was the best magic show we had ever seen."[17]
  • "Xtreme Close-up Magic, focuses sharply on the high-energy sleight of hand skills of Steve Dacri. For a solid hour, he assaults and astounds the senses of the audience..."[18]
  • ""Xtreme Close-Up Magic” is magic like you’ve never seen it performed. Refreshing."[19]
  • "… only two minutes into his act, it is apparent to the audience that we are watching a true master of magic at work here."[17]
  • "Brilliant show…a must see for all ages."[20]
  • "Anyone remember Steve Dacri’s “Magical Mystery Tour” TV series from 1975-1976? Steve is still at it, now fracturing people’s senses with his impressive new show in Las Vegas. It’s a must-see production in a small venue, with magic in your face by the king of close-up magic."[21]
  • "...the laughter and applause was high for Steve Dacri and his laugh-filled, amazing magic sensational!"[22]
  • "Steve Dacri started his love affair with magic at the age of six. By the ripe old age of eight, he'd started performing shows and hasn't stopped since."[23]


  1. ^ Las Vegas Sun. 7-6-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help);
  2. ^ "City native lived to make magic" by Richard Duckett, Telegram & Gazette, February 18, 2011
  3. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  5. ^ "Lemonade Stand". YouTube. 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  6. ^ "Patty Kay Mooney's videos on Vimeo". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  7. ^ Jan Dacri, Facebook message to Patty Mooney, 3/6/11
  8. ^ "2008 « Merlin Awards". 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  9. ^ "". Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  10. ^ Mike Weatherford, NEON, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Friday December 12, 2003
  11. ^ Norm Johnson, "It's the Norm," Las Vegas Leisure Guide, August 2003
  12. ^ Timothy McDarrah, Vegas Beat, Las Vegas Sun
  13. ^ Mike Weatherford, Las Vegas Review-Journal, August 1, 2003
  14. ^ RLS, Magic Web Guide
  15. ^ Barbara Nosek, Info Las Vegas
  16. ^ Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
  17. ^ a b Las Vegas InsideTips
  18. ^ John Moehring, MAGIC, November 2003
  19. ^ Gambling Times
  20. ^ Les Kincaid's Las Vegas Lifestyles
  21. ^ Boston Radio Digest
  22. ^ Middlesex News
  23. ^ Headquarters, Wizard (2010-04-02). "Wizard Headquarters Blog: Magic Magazine April 2010". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 

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