|Topic: A bit about John Carney...|
[b]John Carney[/b] was born January 23, 1958 in Des Moines, Iowa. Enthusiastic about magic and ever eager to learn , John moved out to California in 1983 in order to work at Hollywood's famous [b]Magic Castle[/b] and spend quality time with Dai Vernon (the professor).
Since then, John has become widely acknowledged as one of the top sleight of hand magicians in the world. He has performed in casinos all over the world including Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas.
In addition, John has made multiple appearances on television including The [b]Jerry Seinfeld HBO Special[/b] and [b]CBS' Magician's Favorite Magician's[/b]. He has served as spokesman for several large corporations including [b]MasterCard[/b], performing magic for their national television commercials.
John performs smaller Close Up magic when the venue is appropriate, and also performs his comedy stage act for groups of up to 1500. Besides his normal charming self, John also performs as his alter ego character, [b]Mr. Mysto[/b], a bumbling magician that makes you howl while he performs the impossible, drawing a picture that comes to life or baking a cake in a man's shoe!
He has won two prizes at the [b]FISM[/b] international magic conference and has been awarded [b]The Magic Castle's Magician of the Year award[/b] more times (6 total) than [i]anyone[/i] in their history, and is the [i]only magician[/i] to have won in [i]every category[/i]; stage performances, sleight of hand, parlor and lecture.
He has written several books of his original magic, produced multiple volumes of video tapes / DVDs and lectures to magicians throughout the world. He has studied under Dai Vernon, the greatest sleight of hand expert of this century. His comic acting was honed through classes with [b]Second City[/b] and the [b]Harvey Lembeck Workshop[/b].
John embodies the best of his art, combining exceptional skill and resourcefulness with pure entertainment.