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Illusionist & Magician
Jason Bishop has starred in two of his own Off-Broadway shows, “Jason Bishop - Straight Up Magic” and “Jason Bishop - Believe in Magic” both at the New Victory Theater on New York’s famed 42nd street. He’s been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CW Network’s Masters of Illusion, Canada’s popular Breakfast Television Toronto and Europe’s legendary Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde Tilmed in Paris, France. The New York Times said “How did he do that?” and “there’s real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures, the agility of each Tinger.” Read More >
From his astounding “Cage Levitation” and “Walking Through a Brick Wall” to his cutting edge “Teleportation” and “Plasma” illusions, Bishop features stunning & original state of the art magic.
However, of all of his illusions, his biggest trick was turning a nightmare of a childhood into a dream. Bishop's biological parents, whom he barely knew, were heroin addicts. Bishop and several of his siblings were placed in St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Philadelphia, PA at a very young age. After living in the orphanage for some time, Bishop and his siblings entered the foster care system and were placed in several foster homes throughout Pennsylvania until he was 18 years old. The memories Bishop has of his early childhood are mostly defined by hunger. He recalls regularly picked through trash for food, and sometimes his birth parents left him in abandoned buildings at night while his birth mother went in search of drugs. It was during these years that he developed an interest in magic. He would go to local libraries finding books on magic and illusions and began teach himself small magic tricks and card manipulations. Bishop then began to attend the International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) Ring 32 meetings in Allentown, PA furthering his interest and knowledge in magic and illusions.
One thing that distinguishes Jason is his virtuosity. Each show features award winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and close-up magic projected onto a large screen. No other illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents. Additionally, the show is delivered with a modern look, attitude and soundtrack. Bishop cuts through the usual hype and focuses on entertaining audiences with one remarkable illusion after another. With the wit and timing of a professional comedian each routine is presented in Bishop’s unique style, with some pieces featuring many more laughs than expected from an illusionist, while other effects demonstrate sleight of hand performed with precision and artistry. His performance abilities have led him from China to Paris and Hollywood to New York City, as well as every state in-between and over 30 countries on 6 continents.
Some of Jason Bishop’s awards and citations include the key to the city of Lake Charles Louisiana, awarded the honor of a “Kentucky Colonel,” magic’s prestigious “Jack Gwynne Award for Excellence in Presentation” and “Performing Artist of the Year” by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. He is also the only illusionist to have not one but two productions in New York City at the acclaimed New Victory Theater.
Bishop has entertained celebrities like Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Aniston, Hank Azaria, James Spader and Jason Alexander among others. Jason’s combination of fast paced illusions, music, comedy, sleight of hand and audience participation has landed him in notable venues, including Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis MD, LiveNation’s Bamboozle Festival and New York City’s esteemed New Victory Theater to name just a few. Currently Bishop performs in theaters and Performing Arts Centers throughout the United States as well as private corporate events. You can see why he’s called America’s Hottest Illusionist. Read Less ^
Jason Bishop Magic - Live Online
On The Today Show
The Jason Bishop Show Promo
The child of two heroin addicts, Jason Bishop’s childhood was defined by abandonment and hunger. He regularly had to pick through garbage to find food and was left alone in abandoned buildings at night. Bishop spent much of his childhood at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Philadelphia, PA before entering into the foster care system. He did not let his nightmarish childhood prevent him from following his dreams and finding success. However, he did not do it alone. Bishop shares his gratitude for the child social workers, therapists and caseworkers who saved his life saying, "people I never met contributed to help save and enrich my life and the life of countless other children." In this inspiring talk, Jason shares how child welfare workers shaped his life and provided a support system that allowed him to thrive in the face of adversity.
"Awesome - it was a great night and he really connected with our group! Thanks so much for all your help."
"Jason was amazing! We have received so much great feedback about him. I’d bring him back next year if we didn’t change out our entertainment each year! But I’d love to bring him back in the future for an encore performance since he was such a hit. I’m still getting questions from people about how he did those tricks. Most of the people I’ve spoken to have said he’s the best entertainment we’ve ever had! He is an Illusionist but also a bit of a comedian and really kept the crowd laughing."
"We booked Jason for our annual Christmas party and the show was spectacular. I was very impressed with the wide array of talents he showcased. Our guests were mesmerized by his close up magic and grand illusions, which were all original. We found him extremely personable with a great sense of humor. In fact, I had numerous long time employees tell me that Jason was the best entertainer we have ever had at our Christmas party. It was a really fun evening and I would highly recommend Jason for any event."
"We are delighted to have presented Jason Bishop (Kim and Gizmo too!) two seasons in a row. Having never presented a magic and illusions show, we wanted to introduce the genre to our audiences and it was a great success. Thank you so much for the beautiful, humorous, captivating way you produce your shows. The New Victory and our audiences are looking forward to the next iteration!"
"Jason Bishop is a master when it comes to all things involving the art of illusion."
"I am recommending you and your fabulous show to my colleagues."
"That was fantastic! What a great show! I am so happy you were able to perform for us… and make it even more special! Please pass on our appreciation (to your staff) on behalf of Little Caesars. You helped make our 50th Anniversary one to remember!"
"...a huge success! People were talking about this show for days and days after the performance! They immediately requested that he return..."
"It was an honor and a privilege for The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts to present Jason Bishop. We had 1,100 happy customers! Jason is incredibly talented and does a great job on engaging his audience. We will be inviting him for a return engagement!"
"His magic is truly astounding. He performs a number of jawdropping illusions that seemingly defy all laws of physics, but for me his facility with simple props like cards or balls was the most impressive of all. That level of skill is only possible with unimaginable hours of training and rare natural ability--it's a privilege watching someone do what they were unquestionably born to do."
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