2019 Archive

Kyle & Mistie Knight

Las Vegas illusionists Kyle and Mistie Knight have traveled to over 80 different countries performing their own unique style of magic. Favorites at the Magic Castle in Hollywood and on Disney Cruise Lines, the husband and wife duo have headlined casinos from Las Vegas to Monaco, and were also resident magicians at “The House of Magic” at Studio City Resort & Casino in Macau. On television they have been featured on hit shows such as “Penn & Teller:Fool Us” and “Now You See It”,and they took home the grand prize on SyFy channel’s magic competition show “Wizard Wars.

A true power couple, Kyle is has won awards for his sleight of hand and stage illusions, while Mistie is a former Miss Las Vegas who brings personality and production to the show with her own magic and costume quick changes. This dynamic duo perform their magic with a bold modern style and a just a touch of irreverence, and allow their audiences to get up close and involved in ways they’ve never seen before!


Stuart McDonald

Stuart MacDonald swept the competition at the 2017 IBM-SAM Combined Conventionwith his award-winning performance and made history as he claimed all 5 top awards. He was awarded the IBM First Place Stage, SAM First Place Stage, SAM Originality, SAM Silver Medal of Merit (rarely given), and the People's Choice Winner (by a land slide). He also fooled Penn and Teller on the hit TV show Fool Us. The summer of 2018 he competed in the World Championships of Magic and placed in the top ten in General Magic (the largest division). Stuart’s quirky character is NOT a magician. He’s a fish out of water to to speak. Everything happens to him. This well-crafted story is just like watching an old Haunted House movie from the 40’s. You’re going to love this act.






Erik Tait

Erik Tait is the 2018 IBM Gold Cups Close Up Competition Champion, appeared at The Magic Castle, and has been featured on Penn & Teller: Fool Us! His best-selling effects have been featured on Penguin Magic where they have won him acclaim as both a magical performer and teacher. He is a top graduate of the Humber College Comedy Writing and Performance program, and as such is the only magician in the world who can academically prove he is hilarious. Erik has been hailed by critics as having a “post-modern sense of playfulness,” and, “Refreshingly honest about his dishonesty.”








Torkova is an international award winning magician. The New York Post described him as "unquestionably among the best."  In 1995, The Society of American Magicians awarded him first prize in the stage competition, receiving no less than three standing ovations.  In 2001 they honored him again becoming one of the few magicians ever to win the title twice.  Since then he has received numerous awards including the first ever Hofzinser Award for Classical Magic, the Bistro Award for Excellence in Cabaret and the distinguished Milbourne Christopher Award for notable contributions to the art of magic. Torkova's talents have taken him around the world performing across the United States, Europe, Japan and China.  He has performed at exclusive private parties for Paul Newman, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Bill Murray, Katie Couric and Jon Stewart.  With over 30 years of performing experience and his whimsical approach to the classics of magic, Torkova is a favorite at private parties, corporate events, banquets, and conventions.


Craig Diamond

From Caesar's Palace to the high seas, Craig Diamond has appeared live on stage in nightclubs, hotels, resorts, casinos, on television and luxury cruise ships around the world.  In the past 30 years, comedy and magic have literally taken him to all seven continents, performing in over 130 countries for millions of delighted audience members.

Craig has performed for presidents, prime ministers, kings, queens and a host of celebrities.  He has shared the stage with such entertainment legends as Victor Borge, Joan Rivers, Clint Holmes, The Smothers Brothers, Bobby Vinton, Phyllis Diller, Soupy Sales, Merv Griffin, Bobby Rydel, David Brenner and the one and only Sammy Davis, Jr.

Craig Diamond is an award-winning master magician, hilarious stand up comic and world class entertainer.




Erick Olson

also known as THE Corporate Comedian. From the Showroom to the Boardroom, Erick Olson is the Best of the Best.
He has been described as a cross between Jay Leno & David Copperfield.
Erick has traveled the world entertaining audiences in some of the best Theaters and Comedy Clubs as well as helping Fortune 500 Companies sell their products with his customizable comedy & magic on the Trade Show Floor.Erick Olson, created and operates Wizardz Magic Theater in Kissimmee Florida.  He has been creating and customizing magic for over 30 years. He is co-authored of Con Games & Cocktails, I’ll Betcha and it’s up-coming follow up.  As well as contributing to magic books Erick is the designer of The Jet-Setter, a professional magician’s performance table.  His online course on How to set-up your own Magic Theater has been a sellout every time he offers it. Whether he is Hosting  Business Meetings or performing his  unique blend of side-splitting Comedy Magic, Erick Olson is The Man!




Michael Trixx

Michael Trixx has been featured on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, He has amazed audiences across the United States, The UK, Mexico and China! He has performed for large scale events such as Budweiser promotions, for rock stars Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, two private performances for President Jimmy Carter and his family plus many more. Trixx’ high energy show amazes and delights audiences from all ages and walks of life. The Trixx show is a fast paced adrenaline based night of magic including the production of 10 LIVE birds, levitations, confetti blizzards from nowhere! Audience participation and many laughs. Michael's facial expressions alone will have you laughing out loud, his effects and energy will have you on the edge of your seat, possibly prevent you from blinking and will have you talking about it until the next time you can experience The Rockin' Magic of Michael Trixx!


Denny Corby

Denny fell in love with magic as a young kid growing up in Scranton, PA. His parents did everything they could to stir up his enthusiasm. They enrolled Denny in every magic class he could find and encouraged him to perform for friends and family as often as possible. The kid had a clear knack for entertainment. Finally, Denny’s family encouraged him to step out and take a risk in doing what he truly loved. Denny is now a wildly successful magician, entertainer and keynote speaker. He performs regularly for a slew of corporate clients including Comcast, Tyson Foods, Berkshire Hathaway, and BMW. His shows range from intimate office gatherings of 20 to crowds of 2500 and everything in between.Through appearances on major cable networks like Fox and NBC, Denny has graced television screens across the country. He’s also put out an instructional DVD, Magic Tricks Now, showing people how to use some of his favorite tricks to impress their friends, family, coworkers, and even strangers.


Ryan Edwards

As a child, Ryan was always fascinated by the art of magic. However, he wasn't like most children watching magic as he was able to breakdown exactly how the effects were done instantly!

He then took those talents and started performing his own style of magic. Now, after 20 years in the art, Ryan is regarded as one of the best thinkers and performers of Magic and Mentalism in the World! He has used his skills to consult and/or Perform on tv show- America’s Got Talent, Fool Us, Yes Tv, the Syfy Network, the Space Network, Tru Tv, the CW and CHCH. 

Ryan's main reason for performing mentalism is to bring joy to people around the world! He loves creating that feeling of awe and wonder in people no matter how young or old. He loves seeing that sparkle in the eyes of those who may have forgotten how it felt to question whether something is a trick or true magic. 


Tucker Rudo

At just 11 years old, Tucker Rudo has been performing for more than half of his life.  In that short time, he has been selected as a Star of Tomorrow for stage at the 2016 Society of American Magicians national convention, the 2018 Junior Stage Champion at Magicians Alliance of Eastern States convention, and the 2019 2ndplace stage competition winner and The People’s Choice Award winner for stage at the Winter Carnival of Magic.  He is a very mature soul that brings just the right tricks to be performed by a child.  From games of “which hand is it in” all the way up to straitjacket escapes while balancing, you will be amazed by the acts performed -


MAES 2019 – Tentative Schedule

The Dealers are in Crystal Ballrooms A, B & C. The Silent Auction will be held in the Dealer Room.There will be Session Tables in the rear of the room available during Dealer Room Open Hours.

Unless otherwise noted, all activities take place in Grand Ballroom A

MAES – 2019 Tentative Schedule                  8/14/19


Thursday, Sept. 5th

            6:00PM Registration Opens

            6:00pm to 11:00 pm – Dealers Open

            6:00pm – Silent auction Set-up

            7:30 pm – Bobby Torkova One Man Show

                              Lecture – Denny Corby

Friday, Sept. 7th

            9:00am – Registration Opens

            9:00am – Silent Auction opens

            9:30am – Lecture – Michael Trixx

            11:00am – Lecture – Erik Tait

            12:00pm – Visit Dealers

            1:30pm – Close-Up Show -    Ryan Edwards            Denny Corby 

                                                            Erick Olson                 Erik Tait

3:30pm – Lecture – Carisa Hendrix

            4:45 – Silent auction closes

            5:00pm Visit Dealers

            7:30pm – Wm. Endlich Show            Erick Olson – MC

Tucker Rudo

                                                                        Ryan Edwards

                                                                        Erik Tait

                                                                        Michael Trixx

10:00pm – Auction

            10:00pm – Dealers Close


Saturday, Sept. 8th

            8:00am – Stage and Close-Up Competitor’s Meeting

            9:00am – Registration Opens

            9:00am – Dealers Open

            9:00am – Silent Auction opens

            9:15am – Stage Competition

            11:00am – Lecture – Kyle and Mistie Knight

            12:00pm – Visit Dealers

            12:15pm – Stage Competition Feedback Session

            1:30pm – Close-Up Competition

            2:45pm – Silent auction closes

            3:00pm – Lecture – Stuart McDonald

            4:15pm – MAES Business Meeting

            5:15pm – Close-Up Competition Feedback Session

            7:45pm – Awards Ceremony

            7:45pm – Dealers close

            8:00pm – Evening Show -      Craig Diamond - MC

                                                            Stuart McDonald

                                                            Denny Corby

                                                            Carisa Hendrix

                                                            Kyle and Mistie Knight