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Magicians' Alliance of Eastern States

MAES comes to Cherry Hill, New Jersey
September 4, 5, & 6, 2014

The 2014 MAES convention will be held at
Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill
2349 West Marlton Pike
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Check out the MAES gift shop.

Convention Headliners include:


Max Howard Max Howard has enjoyed a rich and illustrious career as a celebrated actor. He began his 40-year career as a professional actor and teacher in leading repertory theatres across America, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Washington's Arena Stage, the John Fernald Company of the Meadowbrook Theatre in Detroit, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and the famed Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Twice nominated by the Chicago Press Club for the prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for performances in plays by Harold Pinter and Robert Shaw, he is also the winner of the American Variety Club's "Distinguished Actor Award" for his portrayal of King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. Max also created and starred in the international award winning, nationally syndicated television series for young audiences, "Max B. Nimble," which won a total of six Emmy® Awards. THE WAR WIZARD is a unique theatrical entertainment and a master work of historical re-enactment. Based on the real-life adventures of Professor Gus Rich, the Wizard of the Blue Ridge, it is an accurate recreation of a nineteenth-century American magician and his travelling magic show. The War Wizard is authentic in speech, dress and style and features actual stage magic of the period as it was actually performed. In the three decades following the Civil War, in a horse-drawn wagon rigged especially to hold his apparatus and his tents, he travelled through North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, as far north as Cincinnati and as far west as Indianapolis. Calling himself Professor Gus Rich, he presented The Great Southern Sleight of Hand Show which he proudly proclaimed to be "good, clean family fun... GUARANTEED to amuse the ear, deceive the eye and astonish the mind!"


Chris Hannibal Chris Hannibal has been in and around theater since he was six, when he appeared on stage in 'The Music Man'. Throughout high school and college he worked onstage while pursuing a more 'stable' career involving accounting, sales and marketing. In 1992, he worked with the Children's Video Network, writing scripts, music and motivational programs for youth groups. This job evaporated at the close of '92, and left Hannibal looking at his prospects. In working with CVM, Hannibal had created a street magician character. The 'Magic Man' became a popular fixture in the uptown area, and Hannibal evolved the character, working nightclubs and comedy clubs throughout the Southeast. In 2001 Hannibal walked away from the comedy clubs. Taking aim at the business world, he created original, customized programs that would entertain and educate at the same time. Carving new paths in the world of corporate entertainment, Hannibal has traveled the world with his Unique Inspirational Theatre.


Levent Levent started out performing throughout his native New York City at a young age. At 17 he was awarded 1st prize for Stage Magic at the International Brotherhood of Magicians' National Convention. This led to a 2-year engagement at Resorts International Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, where he was twice nominated "Best Act in a Production Show". Levent has since been performing to packed audiences at various venues throughout the world. His incredibly unique and brilliant combination of masterful comedy and world class sleight of hand, a culmination of over 30 years of experience, has made Levent a much sought-after entertainer, and has earned him great respect from his compeers. In 2009 he was a regular performer on the American television series "Masters of Illusion" on Fox's MyNETWORK. He is a noted creator of magic tricks and a magic lecturer as well as a vaudeville historian. He was a regular contributor to the "Vaudeville Times" Magazine, and has penned articles for various other publications, including "MAGIC" magazine. Levent is the co-author of "Roy Benson by Starlight" published by The Miracle Factory. Levent's biography appears in the recently published book "Vaudeville Old & New – An Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America".


Kayla Drescher Kayla Drescher is excited to bring her unique and enthusiastic style of magic to New Jersey! You may recognize her as last year's MAES senior close up competition winner. She has also appeared on television numerous times, including on Indianapolis Fox 59 News, Connecticut's Talking with Tom, and NBC’s The Today Show, where she won David Copperfield’s "Search for the Next Great Magician." Now a Las Vegas resident, Kayla can be seen performing bar magic up and down the West Coast.


Trent James Trent James saw his first magic show at age five. This fascinated him so much he began practicing the art himself, conjuring up his own tricks and performance style. Trent, now just 17, has already won over a dozen awards across the country, including First Place-Battle of Magicians and Society of American Magicians-Peoples' Choice Award. Trent James is now looked at as one of the top teen magicians in the country. Performing from, his home town of Chicago to Las Vegas to Houston to Norfolk and many points in between, Trent is no stranger to the stage. Trent brings a fresh new feel to the classic magic show. His charismatic personality and hip style, come together with trickery to form an unforgettable thrill ride!


Nathan Kranzo Nathan Kranzo IS BACK with an ALL NEW STUFF LECTURE! Kranzo is now one of the top magical entertainers in the country. His original magic creations have been published in national and worldwide publications like Magic Magazine, Genii Magazine, MUM, The Linking Ring, The Penumbra, Antinomy, Channel One and the list goes on. Nathan has performed and lectured all over the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, France, England, Holland, and Japan. Nathan was a consultant for Penn and Teller’s NBC special "Off The Deep End". He has been a columnist for MUM magazine and currently performs in comedy clubs and corporate events around the Midwest.


David London David London discovered he was a magician at the age of 7, and has since spent over 25 years trying to figure out just what that means. He has created five original theatrical productions, including Cerebral Sorcery, ...Art of Dreams, and The Adventure to the Imagi Nation, as well as authored seven manuscripts related to magic and illusion, including Daydreams, Borderland State and Imagining the Imagination. David has shared his magic across the United States, and has served as the editor of Beyond The Smoke and Mirrors - a magazine devoted to magic and creativity. David's current body of work focuses on fully interactive performance pieces, wherein the audience becomes the creator and performer in a live experience.


Danny Orleans and Jan Rose Danny Orleans and Jan Rose studied with Eddie Fields who taught them his two-person mindreading act. Considered the finest system ever created, Danny and Jan created a corporate mindreading act using the Fields system which they perform at corporate banquets and meetings. In 2011, Danny began to share his performance knowledge with the magic community, creating a talk on Corporate Magic where he teaches the Do's and Don'ts of performing at corporate meetings and trade shows. He's lectured to groups of magicians in Orlando, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Diego. Considered to be Corporate America’s Corporate Magicians, Danny Orleans and Jan Rose have entertained in over 30 states, Canada, The Netherlands, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands for Fortune 500 companies including Good Humor, Honeywell, ExxonMobil, HP, Tennant, Alcon and Johnson & Johnson.


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