Michael Ammar (born June 25, 1956) is an American close-up magician.[1] He is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living magicians.[2]

Michael Ammar
Born (1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 67)
Known forMagic and Magic Training
Websitehttp://www.ammarmagic.com/, http://www.michaelammar.com, http://worldsgreatestmagic.com

Background edit

Ammar was born in Logan, West Virginia. His father's background was Syrian,

Ammar earned a degree from West Virginia University in business administration in 1978.[2]

Magician edit

In 1982, Ammar competed with magicians from 30 countries to win first prize ex aequo with Aurelio Pavito in Close-up Magic at Lausanne, Switzerland.[3]

During the 1980s he developed a close friendship with his mentor, Dai Vernon ("The Professor"), whose influence is apparent in Ammar's performances.[citation needed]

Michael Ammar has many television credits. He was the magic week finale on Late Night with David Letterman in 2010. He has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show.[4] He moved to Los Angeles - where he became a regular performer at the Playboy Mansion, and made appearances on the Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, CNN, and Travel Channel.[citation needed]

Ammar appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.[citation needed]. By 1990, the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood had awarded him its "Oscar" in six separate categories (the maximum number of awards for which he is eligible).[2]

He appeared on NBC's 1998 "Worlds Greatest Magic 5" special,[2] and has been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Ammar has made private performances at Universal Studios and the Vatican.[citation needed] He performed and coordinated the magic talent at George W. Bush's Presidential inaugural banquet.[2] He was the first featured performer at the "Caesars Magical Empire" at Caesars Palace.[citation needed]

Ammar has performed on television in many countries, including: England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia.[2]

Ammar's most famous work includes the popularization of Topit with his refinement of Topit technique and inspired a number of well-known close-up magicians to adopt it. He has written "The Topit Book" and made "The Topit DVD".

Magic Instructor edit

Ammar has been lecturing to other magicians since about 1982.[1]

In 1999, Magic Magazine named Ammar as "One of the Most Influential Magicians in the Twentieth Century".[2]

On August 26, 2010, Outside cited Ammar as the "go-to source" for magic instruction.[5] The magazine published a list of "100 Things to Do Before You Die", and numbered 45 as "Learn a magic trick"—suggesting studying with the master, Michael Ammar.[5]

Publications edit

Awards edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Omar, Aref (October 28, 2007). "Get cool with magic". New Straits Times. Media Prima. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012 – via ].
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Michael Ammar ('78 BS)". Alumni. West Virginia University. 2012. Archived from the original on July 19, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  3. ^ FISM – The Book, 2015, page 181
  4. ^ "About Michael Ammar". Archived from the original on January 3, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "45. Learn a magic trick". Outside Online. Outside Magazine. August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Hall of Fame". The Academy of Magical Arts.

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