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David Kwong

Cruciverbalist, Magician & Founder of Misdirectors Guild, Inc.

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 David Kwong Biography

As a magician and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong mixes puzzles and prestidigitation. He's the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialize in illusion for film, television and theater. Most recenlty, the Guild is working on "Deception," a pilot for ABC that Kwong is co-producing.

He is a frequent crossword writer for the NYT, LA Times, and WSJ, and his puzzles are marked by clever, outside-the-grid thinking. Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for NBC's "Blindspot" and his TED Talk on illusion and puzzles has garnered over 1.5 million views.

Prior to founding Misdirectors Guild, Kwong was a member of the DreamWorks Animation story department, serving as Magic Consultant on a variety of films including "Now You See Me,"(2013), "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,"(2013) and "The Immigrant"(2013).

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  • Think Inside The Box: Creativity and innovation within constraints and parameters

    People are at their most creative when they innovate within a given set of boundaries. How does one tell a clever story while obeying the construction rules of a crossword puzzle (e.g. rotational symmetry, word count), the three-act structure of a screenplay, or the sensitive angles of a stage illusion? We are at our most creative when we design a new form for something familiar, and subsequently express it in a novel and compelling way. David will demonstrate some of his groundbreaking puzzles and illusions by way of inspiring a new method of problem solving.

  • Creating Order out of Chaos

    In a world of Twitter and RSS feeds, how can one make sense out of all the scattered bits of information that we are inundated with each day? Through a series of "mental gymnastics," David collects vast amounts of data and orders them in his brain. As a magician, puzzle creator, and Hollywood producer, David demonstrates how he synthesizes these seemingly disparate fields via a tour de force of sleight of hand and puzzles.

  • The Illusion of Cinema

    Both filmmakers and magicians use illusion to tell stories. David Kwong, the magician behind the hit caper Now You See Me speaks about his work as Hollywood’s premiere magic consultant. In addition, David and the Misdirectors Guild have designed illusions for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Immigrant, and Paranormal Activity 4. David will discuss the synthesis of magic and storytelling by expounding on some of the fundamental principles of illusion.

  • The Benefits of Cross-Pollination

    David champions combining seemingly unrelated fields to yield a synthesis that is fresh and innovative. David demonstrates how he took his three fields of expertise — illusion, puzzles, and cinema — and created an exciting new genre of storytelling in Hollywood. With a glimpse behind the scenes of Now You See Me and a demonstration of some of his signature performance pieces, David discusses the value of fusing together one’s passions and areas of expertise.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK David Kwong?

    Booking fees for David Kwong, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Kwong, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR David Kwong?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Kwong for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Kwong for your next private or corporate function.
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David Kwong

Cruciverbalist, Magician & Founder of Misdirectors Guild, Inc.

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David Kwong Biography

As a magician and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong mixes puzzles and prestidigitation. He's the founder of the Misdirectors Guild, an elite group of magicians that specialize in illusion for film, television and theater. Most recenlty, the Guild is working on "Deception," a pilot for ABC that Kwong is co-producing.

He is a frequent crossword writer for the NYT, LA Times, and WSJ, and his puzzles are marked by clever, outside-the-grid thinking. Kwong is the puzzle and secret code consultant for NBC's "Blindspot" and his TED Talk on illusion and puzzles has garnered over 1.5 million views.

Prior to founding Misdirectors Guild, Kwong was a member of the DreamWorks Animation story department, serving as Magic Consultant on a variety of films including "Now You See Me,"(2013), "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,"(2013) and "The Immigrant"(2013).

David Kwong Videos

  • David Kwong: "The Enigmatist Builds a Puzzle" | Talks at Google
    David Kwong constructed the NY Times crossword puzzle for Sunday, 17 February. In this talk, David reflects on how he constructed the puzzle, and...
  • David Kwong: Two nerdy obsessions meet — and it's magic
    David Kwong is a magician who makes crossword puzzles — in other words, a pretty nerdy guy. And for his next trick ... TEDTalks is a daily video...
  • David Kwong - Scrabble Trick - YouTube

David Kwong Speaking Topics

  • Think Inside The Box: Creativity and innovation within constraints and parameters

    People are at their most creative when they innovate within a given set of boundaries. How does one tell a clever story while obeying the construction rules of a crossword puzzle (e.g. rotational symmetry, word count), the three-act structure of a screenplay, or the sensitive angles of a stage illusion? We are at our most creative when we design a new form for something familiar, and subsequently express it in a novel and compelling way. David will demonstrate some of his groundbreaking puzzles and illusions by way of inspiring a new method of problem solving.

  • Creating Order out of Chaos

    In a world of Twitter and RSS feeds, how can one make sense out of all the scattered bits of information that we are inundated with each day? Through a series of "mental gymnastics," David collects vast amounts of data and orders them in his brain. As a magician, puzzle creator, and Hollywood producer, David demonstrates how he synthesizes these seemingly disparate fields via a tour de force of sleight of hand and puzzles.

  • The Illusion of Cinema

    Both filmmakers and magicians use illusion to tell stories. David Kwong, the magician behind the hit caper Now You See Me speaks about his work as Hollywood’s premiere magic consultant. In addition, David and the Misdirectors Guild have designed illusions for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Immigrant, and Paranormal Activity 4. David will discuss the synthesis of magic and storytelling by expounding on some of the fundamental principles of illusion.

  • The Benefits of Cross-Pollination

    David champions combining seemingly unrelated fields to yield a synthesis that is fresh and innovative. David demonstrates how he took his three fields of expertise — illusion, puzzles, and cinema — and created an exciting new genre of storytelling in Hollywood. With a glimpse behind the scenes of Now You See Me and a demonstration of some of his signature performance pieces, David discusses the value of fusing together one’s passions and areas of expertise.

FAQs on booking David Kwong

  • How to book David Kwong?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like David Kwong for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for David Kwong, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for David Kwong or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book David Kwong?

    Booking fees for David Kwong, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire David Kwong, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for David Kwong?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like David Kwong for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book David Kwong for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent David Kwong or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for David Kwong or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

David Kwong is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book David Kwong for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. David Kwong generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Apollo Robbins, Murray SawChuck, Marco Tempest, Criss Angel and Michael Karl. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling David Kwong for an upcoming event.

David Kwong Speaker Videos

  • David Kwong: "The Enigmatist Builds a Puzzle" | Talks at Google
    David Kwong constructed the NY Times crossword puzzle for Sunday, 17 February. In this talk, David reflects on how he constructed the puzzle, and discusses some of his favorite NY Times puzzles. He...
    David Kwong: Two nerdy obsessions meet — and it's magic
    David Kwong is a magician who makes crossword puzzles — in other words, a pretty nerdy guy. And for his next trick ... TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the...
  • David Kwong - Scrabble Trick - YouTube
    David Kwong: "Now You See Me", Talks at Google
  • NOW YOU SEE ME - Trailer #2
    David Kwong - Crossword Trick

David Kwong Speaking Topics

  • Think Inside The Box: Creativity and innovation within constraints and parameters

    People are at their most creative when they innovate within a given set of boundaries. How does one tell a clever story while obeying the construction rules of a crossword puzzle (e.g. rotational symmetry, word count), the three-act structure of a screenplay, or the sensitive angles of a stage illusion? We are at our most creative when we design a new form for something familiar, and subsequently express it in a novel and compelling way. David will demonstrate some of his groundbreaking puzzles and illusions by way of inspiring a new method of problem solving.

  • Creating Order out of Chaos

    In a world of Twitter and RSS feeds, how can one make sense out of all the scattered bits of information that we are inundated with each day? Through a series of "mental gymnastics," David collects vast amounts of data and orders them in his brain. As a magician, puzzle creator, and Hollywood producer, David demonstrates how he synthesizes these seemingly disparate fields via a tour de force of sleight of hand and puzzles.

  • The Illusion of Cinema

    Both filmmakers and magicians use illusion to tell stories. David Kwong, the magician behind the hit caper Now You See Me speaks about his work as Hollywood’s premiere magic consultant. In addition, David and the Misdirectors Guild have designed illusions for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Immigrant, and Paranormal Activity 4. David will discuss the synthesis of magic and storytelling by expounding on some of the fundamental principles of illusion.

  • The Benefits of Cross-Pollination

    David champions combining seemingly unrelated fields to yield a synthesis that is fresh and innovative. David demonstrates how he took his three fields of expertise — illusion, puzzles, and cinema — and created an exciting new genre of storytelling in Hollywood. With a glimpse behind the scenes of Now You See Me and a demonstration of some of his signature performance pieces, David discusses the value of fusing together one’s passions and areas of expertise.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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