MAX MAVEN

A Mental Giant

Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has “the most original mind in magic.” Fortuitously, he died before he could revise that opinion. The New York Times observed that Max’s “category-defying mind-reading show veers into conceptual art.” People magazine hailed his work as “a new form of participatory theater.” The Los Angeles Times stated that his “improvisational skill is enhanced by a charismatic animal magnetism.” No, we don’t know exactly what that’s supposed to mean, but apparently audiences in over three dozen countries agree, as Max Maven’s mysteries transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries: He’s performed on six of the seven continents (and, with all due respect, he feels he can live without Antarctica).

His television credits include guest-starring on such diverse shows as General Hospital and Top Chef Masters, hosting eight network specials in Japan (performing in Japanese), starring in series in Italy, Taiwan, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Israel, England and Canada, and appearing on shows in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Chile, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea. Behind the scenes, Max has been a consultant for most of the top names in contemporary magic, and an advisor on over one hundred television shows. He has published approximately two thousand articles, tricks and essays, and now he is very tired.

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