Children can learn magic tricks with The Amazing Max's instructional DVD

See Max on Brain Games!

on Mar 25 in News

Currently Max can be seen as a guest artist and magic consultant on Season 3 of “Brain Games,” airing on the National Geographic Channel.

Learn this fun trick that Max taught right on Brain Games!

on Nov 18 in News

Max Darwin is the star of the family show, The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things.

Max Darwin and Christine Cox present

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things

Returns for a special holiday engagement!

November 29, 2013-January 5, 2014!

(New York, NY) Magician Max Darwin (aka The Amazing Max) and Producer Christine Cox announce the special holiday engagement of The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things with a family friendly holiday performance schedule. Back by popular demand, the beloved family magic show will return for a 6-week run, November 29, 2013-January 5, 2014. The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things, is a perfect way to spend time with your family during the holiday season.

Once again, Premium ticket holders will have access to the VIP magic lounge that opens 25 minutes before the start of each show. Inside the magic lounge, children receive Amazing Max memorabilia, participate in a magic lesson, and take home a magic trick! Additionally, Premium tickets include priority seating on the Magic Carpet for children.

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is a Magic Show with a mind of its own. Magician Max Darwin makes objects appear out of thin air, defies the laws of physics, and performs miracles inches from spectators’ faces. The props onstage seem intent on surprising even the magician himself. This out-of-control show bursts with striking visual magic, comedy, and loads of audience participation. The Amazing Max selects all of his assistants at random from the audience, and each adds a unique element to the show. “Every assistant on stage is a potential loose cannon making every show very different, very dangerous and very, very interesting”, said Max Darwin. “I’m thrilled to be bringing the show back to New York City. This holiday things are going to get even crazier!”

The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things is performed at the MMAC Theater located in the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center at 248 W. 60th Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and West End Avenues) in the Lincoln Center area.

Front row seats available on the Magic Carpet (Premium) $59.50, regular general admission tickets $49.50 – $34.50. Tickets are available at www.TheAmazingMax.com or by phone at 866-811-4111.

Performances: November 29 and November 30 at 1pm and 3pm. December 1 – January 5, Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 1pm. Additional holiday performances have been added on the following dates: December 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31 at 1pm and December 26, 27, 28, 29 at 3pm.
For more information on The Amazing Max and the Box of Interesting Things, visit www.TheAmazingMax.com.

About Max Darwin
Max Darwin was born to perform. He began charming audiences at the young age of 5 months, traveling all over the United States alongside his parents who were professional street performers specializing in clowning, mime, juggling, and magic. Throughout the years, Max has emerged as one of the most sought-after magic artists in the country. He performs hundreds of shows a year with a client roster including notable celebrities such as Uma Thurman, Diana Ross, William Baldwin, Steven A. Cohen, Chazz Palminteri, Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Sisto, and Tommy Hilfiger.
Currently Max can be seen as a guest artist and magic consultant on Season 3 of BRAIN GAMES, airing on National Geographic Channel. His TV credits also include hosting the hit Nickelodeon show GAME FARM! He has also appeared in various national TV commercials for products like Axe Body Spray, Verizon, Bank of America, and Coca-Cola.

He also released his first instructional magic video, “Magic in Minutes”, where Max teaches kids ages 5 & up how to fill their everyday lives with wonder and perform magic with ordinary objects found right in their own home.

 

Magician Spotlight: Robert-Houdin

on May 21 in News

A magic show poster for the famous magician Robert-Houdin.

Born the son of a clockmaker in 1805, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin originally intended to follow in his father’s footsteps. It wasn’t until he was in his mid twenties–when a shopkeeper mistakenly sold him a pair of books about magic rather than the ones about clockmaking that he’s asked for–that Robert-Houdin began thinking about magic.

His non-magical origins served him well; Robert-Houdin went on to amaze audiences, combining illusion and electricity for the first time, and ushering in a new age of stage rather than street performance. Robert-Houdin’s performances were often elaborate and some even involved intricate automatons he had constructed. He even set the top hat and coat tails example so many magicians follow today. It is for these reasons that he is often referred to as “The Father of Modern Magic.”

In fact, Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin was so incredible he inspired another well known magician. After reading Robert-Houdin’s autobiography, Ehrich Weiss adopted the stage name “Houdini.”

Robert-Houdin is a popular magician from the 1850's.

Guess what?

Max’s favorite Robert-Houdin story is how he used magic to stop an oncoming war in the 1850s. Google it; it’s a way of using magic for the better good!

 

 

Sources
Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin – Wikipedia.com
Magician Robert-Houdin – About.com

Get involved with The New York Children’s Theater Festival!

on May 08 in News

Magic this year at the New York Children's Theater Festival.

I’m involved with the very cool non-profit, The New York Children’s Theater Festival.  I was invited to perform an excerpt from my Off-Broadway family magic show on their opening weekend. Audience members were treated to a magic pre-show right before the world premiere of “The Tale of Jamie Freel: A Faerie Story”.

Here’s a little background on NYCTF.  This organization is New York’s only 501(c)(3) non-profit festival dedicated to the development of theater for youth. Their mission is to connect artists and industry professionals who are passionate about creating theatrical experiences and productions for children. They provide invaluable assistance and support to those dedicated to the craft of creating new works for young audiences. Their vision is that this festival will secure a foundation for the continual growth and transformation of live children’s entertainment.

This is only the second year for this festival, but I believe it’s already made an impact on the future of family programming.  As an artist and donor myself I encourage you to check out The New York Children’s Theater Festival!  You could be a donor too and get involved, click Here.

Spring 2013 – Magic Show Calendar

on Apr 19 in News

New York Children's Theater Festival  playing 20134/21/13 (Sunday): I’ll be joining my friends at The New York Children’s Theater Festival!  I’ll be performing a short magic show to warm up the crowd before “The Tale of Jamie Freel: A Faerie Story”, a magical Irish tale perfect for ages 7 and up!

Pre-show: 1:45pm
$18-$25, Buy Tickets!

The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 W 64th St

 

Tribeca Family Festival 2013 has a magic show with The Amazing Max4/27/13 (Saturday):  The Amazing Max returns to the Tribeca Family Festival! For the last 6 years I’ve been a featured performer at this annual street fair and family celebration. Lots of FREE activities, performances and experiences unfold all over Greenwich street in Tribeca. Don’t miss it!

2 shows: 1:45pm & 3pm, FREE

Hubert Stage, Greenwich St at Hubert St

 

Magic show in New York City at the Washington Market School street fair5/4/13 (Saturday):  I’ll be headlining the Washington Market School Street Fair! This fun family festival and fundraiser will feature an array of activities and a  big Amazing Max Magic Show!

1pm, FREE

Main Stage, Duane St between West Broadway and Church St

Fan Spotlight: The Amazing Carolina and Amazing Eloise

on Dec 07 in News

Put on your own magic show right in your very own home!

Magicians in training, Carolina and Eloise, were so inspired after seeing The Amazing Max and Hamlet that they ran home to create their own show.  Using their imagination, they became The Amazing Carolina and Amazing Eloise!   With their piglet side-kicks, Hamlet and Piggy, they had a blast performing their own show!

Learn how to do magic right at your home with The Amazing MaxGuess What?
When Max was a kid he loved to put on magic shows as well! You can perform your own magic show at home too!  All you need is a BIG imagination and your own stuffed assistant!  And if you want to learn some cool tricks maybe buy Max’s DVD?

Magician Spotlight–Dai Veronon

on Nov 21 in News

 

At the height of his career, Harry Houdini extended an ongoing challenge to his fellow magicians—‘show me any card trick three times and I’ll be able to tell you how you did it.’

Well Dai Vernon took him up on it, and performed his card trick not three but seven times. Vernon had Houdini draw a card from the deck, write his initials on it, and then insert it back in the middle of the deck. Vernon then snapped his fingers and revealed that Houdini’s card was now on top of the deck.

Though Houdini never admitted to having been duped, his wife, Bess, later told Vernon that Houdini had been up half the night trying to figure the trick out—unsuccessfully.

Another magic legend, Dai Vernon, who inspired the magic works of The Amazing Max.

Guess What?

Vernon’s knowledge of Magic was so great that there was almost no question he couldn’t answer earning Dai Vernon his nickname, “The Professor”.  The body of work he left to the art of magic is so grand in scope that almost every living Magician, including The Amazing Max, has been directly or indirectly influenced by his work and the legacy Dai Vernon created.

Origins of Magic–Magic Wands

on Nov 15 in News

Perhaps the oldest and most famous magician’s tool is the magic wand. But where did the tradition of the magic wand come from? Believe it or not, the picture above is of  a magic wand from ancient Egypt! In fact, wands and references to wands can be found across history and across the globe, from Central Asia to Europe to Indigenous traditions right here in America.

Even though the source of their power varies depending on where you are (wands from Egypt like the one above were meant to draw on the powers of the snake goddess) their purpose is always the same; to channel magic into a specific place for a specific purpose.

The Amazing Max gives each assistant a magic wand at every show!Guess What?
The Amazing Max gives out 8 magic wands to his assistants during every performance of The Amazing Max and The Box of Interesting Things!

Try using your imagination and making your own magic wand at home with stuff around your house!

Magician Spotlight–Mark Wilson

on Nov 07 in News

You may have never heard of Mark Wilson, but in the sixties he was a household name. In the early days of television, Mark Wilson created and starred in a series of magical television shows, most notably The Magic Land of Allakazam, which ran from 1960 to 1964 and brought magic into living rooms across the country.

Although he also had a successful career outside of television—performing in Las Vegas and around the world—Mark Wilson will always be remembered as the man who paved the way for all of the TV magicians who have followed him—and who made magic accessible to children across America.

Douglas Magicland was a magic store located in Dallas, Texas.

Guess what?

When Mark Wilson was young, before he was famous, he demonstrated magic tricks at Douglas Magicland, a local magic store in Dallas, Texas.  When The Amazing Max’s dad was a kid he would go to the magic store to see Mark perform!  Mark Wilson is a huge direct influence on The Amazing Max!

 

Here’s a Douglas Magicland ad from 1956!

Magician Spotlight – Harry Houdini

on Oct 31 in News

Houdini is one of the most popular magicians of the century and lived in New York City.

Harry Houdini is one of history’s best known illusionists—famous for his sensational escapes.  He’s one of The Amazing Max’s favorites!  Houdini began his career in magic in 1891, when he was just seventeen. Though he began with card tricks, Houdini soon made a name for himself as an escape artist. Often called Harry “Handcuff” Houdini, he would challenge police officers to find ways to restrain him. Over time, Houdini’s tricks became more and more complex—and dangerous. In one of his most famous acts, “The Chinese Water Torture Cell,” Houdini was suspended upside-down in a case full of water. The escape required Houdini to hold his breath for over three minutes!

Surprisingly, considering the dangerous nature of his acts, Houdini died of peritonitis on October 31st, 1926.  This is why Halloween is also National Magic Day!

The Houdini house is located right in the heart of New York City.

 

Guess what?

The Amazing Max lives on the same magical block in New York City that Houdini lived on!