Nate staniforth

“Magicians get to see people at their very best,” says Nate Staniforth. "A moment of genuine impossibility and uncomprehending wonder makes everyone forget to be cool for a second. No one is acting or pretending. They’re just there, unguarded and open.” The Iowa City-based magician, performer, writer, traveler and former host of the Discovery Channel’s hit TV show Breaking Magic, uses the art of magic to guide his audience through an authentic journey. 

Nate abandons the ubiquitous style-without-substance bravado so often associated with magic, and appeals instead to the imagination and intellect of his audience. Even without smoke machines, leather pants, and pulling rabbits out of hats, his performances feel more like jumping out of an airplane than a night at a comedy club. The journey is wild, visceral and immediate, and like all great art, encourages us to open our minds and hearts, and see the world in new ways. 

For over a decade, Nate has toured the US college circuit as one of the busiest working magicians in the country. He’s also a founding member of Band of Magicians, a five-star-reviewed ensemble magic show that in 2015 enjoyed sold-out tours throughout Australia. (The three other members include Justin WillmanJustin Flom and James Galea.) Additionally, Nate has shared the philosophical underpinnings of his work through both a TED Talk and lecture at the world-famous Oxford Union

The Harry Potter-famed Bloomsbury Publishing will put out Nate’s memoir, Here Is Real Magic, in bookstores worldwide in 2017. The book follows Nate's evolution from obsessed wunderkind to disillusioned wanderer, and tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment—and the importance of wonder in everyday life—during his trip to the slums of India, where he infiltrated a 3,000-year-old clan of street magicians.  

Nate Staniforth invites the readers, artists, poets, and innovators of the world on a jaw-dropping, eye-opening journey. With the assistance of longtime friend and entrepreneur/producer Andy Stoll, he has launched the Real Magic Tour, a series of intimate theatre-style performances that showcase his unique take on magic. The shows are not recommended for children. 

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