Nate Staniforth - Magician, writer, traveler, and host of the Discovery Channel’s international hit TV series Breaking Magic.
“Just caught a Nate Staniforth show,” one reporter tweeted after opening night, “and now I have no idea what to believe about anything ever again.”
No rabbits. No top hats. No smoke machines. Nate abandons the ubiquitous style-without-substance bravado so often associated with magic and appeals instead to the imagination and intellect of his audience. The journey is wild, visceral and immediate, and like all great art, encourages us to open our minds and hearts, and see the world in new ways.
“When you’re young, it’s easy to be amazed,” says Nate Staniforth. “As you get older, that experience of astonishment gets harder and harder to find. Good magic isn’t about deception. It’s about trying to see things the way you saw them before they became ordinary.” For over a decade, Nate has toured the US college circuit as one of the busiest working magicians in the country. He’s given a TED Talk, lectured at the world-famous Oxford Union, and in January, Bloomsbury Publishing (of Harry Potter fame) released Nate’s hit memoir Here is Real Magic worldwide.
Here is Real Magic follows Nate's evolution from obsessed wunderkind to disillusioned wanderer, and tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment—and the importance of wonder in everyday life—during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a 3,000-year-old clan of street magicians. Amazon picked the book as one of the 10 best releases of the month, and as a result he’s recently appeared as a guest on The Today Show, Harry, and was featured by the Foundation for a Better Life in one of their signature Pass it On campaigns. Nate is the former host of Discovery’s international hit TV series Breaking Magic and is one of the top magicians in the world—ozy.com calls him “The Bob Dylan of magic.”