MAES 2023 Archive


Artem Shchukin
When Artem’s grade school teacher, who was tired of Artem’s tricks, called him an idiot, his parents took it as career advice. In fact, they encouraged him to become a professional fool. And fool you, he will! Artem is the new star of an old magic dynasty.  His parents, Sergey and Margarita pioneered the professional magic theater. Growing up back stage, he spent 3 decades training, mastering magic, physical comedy and other secret skills.  He is a funny and likable character with yexcellent sleight of hand.  This clever act will tickle your imagination with endless impossibilities. In 2022, he became an overnight success by winning the I.B.M. Gold Medal, the European Champion of Manipulationh FISM Manresa, and the World Champions of Manipulation at FISM in Quebec City.


Jon Armstrong

Winner of numerous awards, including Close Up Magician of the Year, Jon Armstrong is best known for his worldclass magical talent and for being funny. Not just magician funny—actually funny.

Jon stars in the NetFlix documentary Magicians: Life in the Impossible, about his life in magic. You also have seen him amaze Kathy Lee on “The Today Show”, cause Penn on CW’s “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us” to exclaim his act as “the most original I’ve ever seen!”, and have Jay Leno profess his love to him on “The Tonight Show”.

"Parlour, stand up magic and how to be awesome at it, will be our focus in this brand new lecture titled “How to Win”. Learn astounding routines right from Jon’s professional act, that are both fun to watch as well as perform.”

Moritz Mueller
Moritz Mueller is one of the finest sleight of hand artists of our time. He got started with Coin Magic and now focuses on Card Magic. Only 22 years of age, he has already performed and lectured in many countries and appeared on TV shows such as the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Penn & Teller Fool Us. He created new well-structured card routines and published his first book “Ransom Notes“. At MAES he will lecture on his card creations with new and classic effects with a clean and magical touch.
Mark & Ryan Phillips (Magic Duel)
The Magic Duel combines comedy, magic, and audience participation into a unique, 90-minute experience. Two snarky sleight-of-hand masters, Mark Phillips and Ryan Phillips, compete for audience members' votes in a laugh-filled conjuring competition where the audience selects the challenges, judges each magician's efforts, and votes for their favorite! In residence at The Mayflower Hotel - Autograph Collection in downtown DC since 2016 with two public performances most Saturday nights. The Magic Duel Comedy Show has earned six consecutive TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for its high audience ratings and an Editor’s Choice award from TripSavvy and it tops multiple categories for Washington, DC on Yelp.

Paco de la Luz

The German Master Magician performed in various countries all over the World. Well known for his innovative Stage- and Cabaret Magic and his creations in the field of slight of hand card magic, he focusses on entertaining mentalism and close up magic. He was the creator and director of the Show Abracalyse Now and hosted many magic shows in theatres in Germany.

At MAES he hosts the Gala Show and will perform one of his special entertainingmentalism act. Classical and entertaining magic from Germany.


Wes Iseli

Wes Iseli is an award-winning magician who performs on average 400 shows per year. He has performed in every type of venue you can imagine except cruise ships.
He Fooled Penn & Teller with a trick he created on their show Fool Us on The CW.  He and his wife (Natalie) have Wes Iseli's Magiclife Podcast which has listeners in 49 different countries.  He has his own TV show also called Wes Iseli's Magiclife airing now across the US.

Pat Kuffs

Pat Kuffs is a self-taught trickster known for his audacity and originality. With
a definite gift for improvisation and a sense of humor of his own, this "Fun
Wizard" surprises wherever he goes. Beneath this unique character hides a
dynamic performer and a true master of his art with over 30 years of
experience. And not only that, he creates his own material. If you like magic
and you like to laugh, you can bet you'll love Pat Kuffs

Ben Train
Ben Train is a comedy mentalist who has performed thousands of shows across North America and Europe, and was recently featured on the hit show “Penn and Teller’s Fool Us”.
When he isn’t on stage Ben is busy behind the scenes, producing live shows as the co-founder of The Toronto Magic Company and lecturing on his original magic to magicians all over the world. Ben has written two books and produced two dvds on magic, and has been the magic consultant for tv and film (including Amazon’s “The Boys”).
Jonah Babins
Jonah Babins is a rising superstar in the world of magic. He’s one of Canada’s busiest performers, the host of the critically acclaimed Discourse in Magic podcast, and the recent winner of the prestigious Alan Sleight award - an award given to magicians who have made important contributions to the art of magic.

Craig Diamond

Quite possibly the most traveled magician in the business", Paul Romhany Vanish magazine. With a 40-year historic full-time career in the cruise industry, traveling to all seven continents, more than 135 countries and entertaining over a million people in live theater performances... Craig Diamond has done it all. A multiple award-winning magician, hilarious stand-up comedian and not to be missed master showman!




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