Michael Johnson is a fun loving Magician. He likes to make you laugh. He's pretty good at that, but his real goal is to blow your mind. At that, he is expert.
For fifty years, he has entertained at private parties, festivals, fairs and promotions. He has appeared (and disappeared) on TV, radio, stage and movies. He has a box full of awards. He has enough celebrity stories to fill the National Enquirer, Playboy magazine and the American Journalism Review. (Michael has been quoted in all three.)
Michael is the real deal--one of the best Magicians in the world!
His magic show is a mix of comedy and mystery. Audiences love his easy, confident style. Magician Michael is a tall performer with blue eyes and white hair. He makes friends easily. His specialty is sleight of hand magic, the most difficult form of wizardry.
Michael won Entertainer of the Year awards four times by his peers in the International Brotherhood of Magicians. He teaches magic camps at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. His magic books sell on Amazon. His thoughts are featured in the world's top magic magazines like The Linking Ring, Genii, and M-U-M.
He served as President of the local magic club, IBM Ring 76 in San Diego. For 35 years he has been a member of the Society of American Magicians, the organization that once had Houdini as President. Michael is one of a handful of live performers who do the Houdini Escape Challenge with a Strait Jacket. Upon occasion, he can be seen floating about the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
This Curious Magician lives in San Diego County, where he was born and raised. His home in San Marcos is just a few miles from a city-owned barn where he taught his first magic class 45 years ago. As an insider in magic, Michael stays busy working for booking agents and event planners. Right now, he is writing his latest book about Magic Biographies. He also has a few side jobs, building secret props for famous Magicians.
Once in a while, when his schedule is open, Michael is happy to perform at birthday parties and private events. For more info about magic shows and magic classes, contact the Magician directly, Michael E. Johnson, at 760-533-0095, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Magician Michael's Top Ten Magic Attractions in San Diego County
If you want to learn more about magic in San Diego, try out Magician Michael's Top Ten Magic Attractions in San Diego County. Call before you go. Tell them Magician Michael sent you!
1. IBM Ring 76
First, check out San Diego's biggest magic club, IBM Ring 76. They meet the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Senior Center of Clairemont, 4425 Bannock Dr., San Diego; www.ring76.com. They are sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Their monthly newsletter is very informative. Magician Michael is a proud Member. Here are upcoming meetings:
September 9, New-to-Me Magic
October 14, Halloween Magic
November 11, Food Magic
December 9, Banquet & Contest
January 13, 2020, TBA
February 10, Close-up Contest
March 9, Panel Discussion
April 13, Teach-A-Trick
May 11, TBA
June 8, Election, Money Magic
July 12, Installation Banquet
August 10, Kids Magic
2. San Diego Magic Shop
Second, visit a genuine magic shop in the Gaslamp area, San Diego Magic Shop, 837 Fourth Ave., San Diego; 619-738-8350; www.sandiegomagicshop.com. They are open Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. They have almost everything a professional might need. Magician Michael shops here.
3. Magic Mike at Dave & Busters
Third, go see a fun magic show every Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Dave & Busters in Mission Valley, with Magic Mike Stilwell. He performs close-up magic from table to table. Admission is free, but you'll want to enjoy food and drink, and tip generously. This is one of Magician Michael's favorite entertainers. Go to Dave & Busters, 2931 Camino Del Rio N., San Diego; 619-280-7115. www.daveandbusters.com
4. Red Spade Theater
Fourth, attend a magic performance at the Red Spade Theater in Old Town, 2539 Congress St., San Diego; 619-865-2973; www.redspadetheater.com. Shows happen every Friday and Saturday nite at 8:00 p.m., with The Astonishing Magic of Sebastian. Tickets start at $32 for this age 18+ show. Michael has known Sebastian for years; he's a great Magician.
5. Illusions Bar and Theatre
Fifth, try out San Diego's newest magic attraction, Illusions Theatre and Bar in the Gaslamp area, 827 Fourth Ave., San Diego; 619-738-8350; www.illusionstheatre.com. Tickets start at $119 for a full evening of food and magic. This venue is hidden behind the San Diego Magic Shop. Michael knows the owners; the Kelloggs are awesome Magicians.
6. Magic at the public Library
Sixth, find your local public library and check out the resources, www.sdcl.org. You can borrow a trick book, or a biography on Houdini. That's how Magician Michael became a Magician, by reading books in the library. You can even check out a movie like "The Prestige". If you find books with a number 793.8 on the spine (the Dewey Decimal system), you have found a magic book. Also look over the library's calendar of events; they often sponsor magic shows. Magician Michael recently performed at the Rancho Santa Fe Library. Here's a few upcoming events:
Wednesday, September 18, the San Ysidro Library is hosting a Back To School Hogwarts party from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 101 W. San Ysidro Blvd. in San Diego; 619-424-0475.
Sunday, September 22, the Mission Valley Library hosts Sensory Sunday Family Time featuring Sparkles the Clown from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at 2123 Fenton Pkwy. in San Diego; 858-573-5007.
Saturday Oct. 19, the Mission Hills - Hillcrest/Knox Library hosts a Halloween Family Magic Show from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at 215 W. Washington St. in San Diego; 619-692-4910
7. Queen Califia's Magical Circle
Seventh, visit the most magical place in all of San Diego, a sculpture garden called Queen Califia's Magical Circle, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy., Escondido. It's only open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon in Kit Carson Park. There are no magic tricks here; it's just a magical, mind-blowing place to visit. Many years ago, Magician Michael did a private magic show for the artist, Niki de Saint Phalle.
8. Magic in San Diego Theaters
Eighth, enjoy some of the magic shows scheduled at theaters around San Diego. A good source of information is the San Diego Reader newspaper which is distributed free on Thursdays around town. Here's a few shows coming up:
September 12, 2019, Thursday, Magic Moustache Club performance with That 1 Guy / Mike Silverman with close-up magic before his concert, around 8:00 p.m. at The Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego; tickets $50; https://www.sodabarmusic.com
November 16, 2019, Saturday, Justin Willman at 8:00 p.m. at the Balboa Theatre; tickets $39.50 and up; 619-570-1100; www.sdbalboa.org
December 28, 3019, Saturday, A Magical Cirque Christmas performs at 7:30 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Theatre, 1100 Third Ave., San Diego; www.sandiegotheatres.org
February 28, 29 and March 1, 2020, The Illusionists perform at the San Diego Civic Theatre
March 8, 2020, Sunday, Shin Lim performs at 7:00 p.m. at the San Diego Civic Theatre(Magician Michael already bought his tickets.)
March 13, 2020, a play "The Aging Magician" performs at the Balboa Theatre at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
9. Fleet Science Center
The ninth must-do magic attraction in San Diego is The Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park. This place is filled with interesting exhibits, some of them magic-related. Magician Michael has performed there many times. Tickets are $18 and up; open Sunday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; 1875 El Prado, San Diego; 619-238-1233; www.rhfleet.org. When you visit Balboa Park, check out the street performers nearby. Sometimes there's a Magician!
10. San Diego Fair
The biggest magic event of the year is the Del Mar Fair, held from June through July 4. In past years, they have hosted different Magicians on stage every nite of the Fair, along with a youth magic class every day. Magician Michael has performed there for years. Other performers include Terry Lunceford, Kenny Shelton, Jeff Marcus, Bob Meigs, Godfrey the Magician and Paul Green; www.sdfair.com.
Magician Michael Johnson has been a member of the Academy of Magical Arts for 15 years. His personal clubhouse is the Magic Castle in Hollywood, where he can be found on occasion floating from room to room.
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San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Parent Magazine
Palomar College Telescope newspaper
La Jolla Light newspaper
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North County Times newspaper
Today's Local News
San Diego Family Magazine
Credits / Fact Checking
La Jolla Light newspaper, Nov. 6, 2003, "Girard Holiday Open House a Village classic"
" July 24, 2008, "Taste of Bird Rock celebrates both the new and the old"
La Jolla Village News newspaper, Nov. 13, 2003
North County Times newspaper, May 12, 2002, "Celebrate May birthdays with local Magician"
" Sep. 13, 2002, "Magician entertains at Vista Woman's Club luncheon"
" June 18, 2003, "Local Magician debuts new show at Knob Hill Elementary School"
" Nov. 13, 2005, "Magic Show to benefit Cub Scout Pack Nov. 16"
" Dec. 16, 2005, "SM Cub Scout's Magic Show fundraiser a success"
Palomar College Telescope newspaper
San Diego Business Journal, Aug 11, 1997, "There is no charade here, magic can be motivator"
San Diego Family Magazine, Jan. 2004, "Michael E. Johnson brings magic to Children's Hospital in Dallas"
San Diego Parent Magazine, Oct. 1997, "A Man and his Magic"
San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper, Apr. 15, 2001, "Just Say No Magic Show"
" Apr. 24, 2003, "Working Magic"
" Apr. 21, 2005, "Annual Summer Festival a Grand Affair"
Today's Local News newspaper, Feb. 19, 2006
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