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Jonathan Pendragon

One of the Masters of the Grand Illusion

One of the Masters of the Grand Illusion

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Jonathan Pendragon Biography

Jonathan Pendragon has performed at three Presidential Galas in Washington D.C., for the Queen of England, the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family of Monaco. He is the youngest performer to ever receive a Performing Fellowship from the Academy of Magical Arts (the governing body of the Magic Castle). At the turn of the millennium, Magic magazine created a list of the 100 most influential people in the history of 20th Century magic. The list included Harry Houdini as well as more contemporary artists, and Pendragon was one of only a handful of current performers named.

Beginning in the early 80s, Pendragon began to develop a wholly unique form of magic, “Physical Grand Illusion.” This style of illusion put the emphasis on the physical performance instead of the prop. At a time when magician after magician presented larger and larger illusions on television, some of which were elaborate camera tricks, Pendragon wowed international audiences with illusions based on years of physical training, including dance, gymnastics, and martial arts. He created The Pendragons, an illusion team who were as spectacular in their appearance and movement as anything they presented. Metamorphosis, their most famous illusion, involved a split-second transposition that would have fooled Houdini, the illusion’s inventor, according to the 2005 50th Anniversary Edition of the "Guinness Book of World Records."

Many of today’s most popular illusions were invented by Pendragon, including Clearly Impossible, the most deceptive 'sawing a woman in half' illusion ever invented, and the Fire Cage, the most popular assistant production in the world. He created and staged the opening illusion for Norman Jewison’s film Bogus, and designed effects presented by the most famous names in magic.

Pendragon’s work in the field of magic has encompassed everything from street magic to the largest illusion ever presented on stage. He has written books on the philosophy of the art, and lectured internationally. He was twice named Magician of the Year by the Academy of Magical Arts, and has won the Grand Prix de Magique de Monte Carlo. The World Magic Awards has twice named him Best Illusionist and, in 2000, Magician of the Year.

Pendragon appeared in at least 14 prime time network television specials in the United States, and starred in the most elaborate magic special ever filmed: "Disney's Night of Magic," shot in Disneyland Paris. He has performed on television in approximately 50 countries around the world, and graced the stages of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, the Palladium in London, the Olympia in Paris, the Wintergarten in Berlin, the Theater an der Wein in Vienna, the Toledo Opera in Spain, the Beijing Opera House in China, and the Music Hall in Cincinnati, where he created an evening of illusion presented in front of a symphony orchestra conducted by Erich Kunzel (a performance which was repeated at the Detroit Opera House). He gave a special performance at the foot of Mt. Fuji, in Japan, which was broadcast all over the country. Recently he appears regularly on three different magic television series, showcasing his versatility and skill in multiple styles: "Masters of Illusion" on the CW network, "Don't Blink" on the Pop Channel, and "Extreme Escapes" on Reelz. Since January 2014 he has been a regular bi-monthly columnist for Genii Magazine.

Today Pendragon is revered in the art of Grand Illusion. He continues to travel the world, often touring with "Masters of Illusion Live," creating new magic as well as performing many of his classic effects, his performances garnering praise from a wide spectrum of luminaries outside of the magic world. Pendragon has transcended the line between art and life, between illusion and reality. When asked by USA TODAY how he wished to be remembered, Pendragon replied “As a myth.”

Jonathan Pendragon Videos

  • Pendragons - Metamorphosis - YouTube
  • Jonathan Pendragon - World's Greatest Feat of Magic - YouTube
  • Impaled illusion by the Pendragons - YouTube

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Jonathan Pendragon is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jonathan Pendragon for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Jonathan Pendragon 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 Simon Lovell, Michael Grandinetti, Adam Trent, Andy Gross and James Galea. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jonathan Pendragon for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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