Bio

Illusionist Joe Conrad has had a lifelong passion for the art of magic. In fact, he views his career not as an ultimate destination but as a constant journey to share with his audiences throughout the world.

Joe Conrad A somewhat controversial figure at times, he never settles for second best. The quality of his show with the best, most original and latest illusions is what is important for him. Joe says himself "90% of the magicians do the same 10% of the tricks, there is no reason for that!"

Born originally in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA, Joe Conrad relocated with his family in Orlando, Florida in 1968. Joe Conrad was introduced to magic at the age of 13, through a friend of his father's and then he was hooked. Between high school and college, he attended the acclaimed Chavez College of Magic, the only school of it's kind in the world, in Colon Michigan (studying personally under the famous Neil Foster). Many of magic's top ten are also graduates, giving Joe some illustrious company!

After graduating, he won all the top honors with his original dove and manipulation act. 1st place trophies in competitions including the Florida Magicians Association, South Eastern Association of Magicians and national honors. He has also been awarded the prestigious 'Magician of the Year' by the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Performing credits in his lifelong career are way too numerous to mention in this short biography, but a partial list can be found on the clients section of this website. It can be noted that an early career boost was a national Canadian tour, in which he opened for singer Tom Jones in the 1970's. From there he performed for several years exclusively on some of the world's most prestigious cruise liners.

Lightbulb Thru Girl Back in Florida, he single-handedly changed the Orlando magic scene, when other magicians were complaining were unable to get a job, he was performing his world class act at no less than three venues for the illustrious promoter Robert Earl (former executive director of Hard Rock Cafe & current owner & CEO of Planet Hollywood).

Joe Conrad worked a long contract for the Mardi Gras Night Club during this time and was the featured star illusionist for Peter Bloustein (Mark Wilson's exclusive producer for several years at CBS television).

Joe also had a long affiliation with Walt Disney World in Florida producing several exclusive events with his full-scale illusion and special effects show. Joe has also had appearances at the acclaimed Magic Castle in Hollywood and the Magic Island. He has also headlined at numerous magic conventions and comedy clubs.

After this it was time for preparation of a national tour, which included some of the best creative names in show business. This experience gave Joe the foundation and expertise for the remainder of his life.

During the 1990's, a new multi-million dollar theme park in Seoul, South Korea asked Joe to re-design and open their "Magic Theatre". Joe accepted and had a long and successful contract for them. This started a love affair with Asia and during this time he met his beautiful Thai wife Jeap, as well.

Joe realized that magic didn't have the exposure and burn-out rate that has happened in America. Joe was quickly recognized as Asia's top illusionist and remains so to the present day. He became a national television star in Korea with instant public recognition wherever he went.

The recent years of 2010 until early 2012, had Joe and his team opening and running his own 700 seat 'Joe Conrad Magic Theatre' in Phuket, Thailand. The first and only all-magic spectacular to ever be presented on the resort island. Besides many other spectacular illusions, Joe featured nightly the live vanish of an elephant right on stage! The hour and fifteen minute production had it's own grand lobby with magic collectables, a fully stocked magic shop and a turn-of-the-century theatre ambiance unmatched anywhere in the world. The show was hailed an artistic success and was a lifelong goal of Joe to open and achieve. But after it's contract concluded, Joe was itching to get back out on the road...

These days he performs his high-end large scale illusion show exclusively for major corporations and casinos in the region. He is recognized by his clients as a master of combining magic with a company's sales presentation, performing at major auto shows and industrial events throughout the world. In addition he also maintains one of the largest research libraries on magic and illusions in the area.

Joe's company employs dozens of people currently and is a totally self-contained wonder machine. He currently resides in both Asia and the USA with his family and menagerie of animals (at last count which included 9 dogs, a cockatoo, a toucan, macaws, doves, rabbits, ducks, parakeets, exotic cats and even an elephant!). All the animals, with the exception of the dogs, are used in the show on a regular basis. His large illusion warehouse and professional rehearsal space is the perfect location to create amazing new illusions.

Joe is at the top of his game now with no slow down in sight.

We invite you to experience
Illusionist Joe Conrad yourself...



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