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Lady Magicians

Updated on August 17, 2016

When we think of magic acts and magicians we usually picture a swathy man with a cape and a top hat. He is a master of illusion and deception. He wows the audience with unexpected intrigue and commands the stage like a maestro. Woman don't come to mind when we think of magic except as beautiful and distracting sidekicks to the act. There are an increasing amount of lady magicians out there who, with a sleight of hand, can boggle the mind. They are entertainers and artists performing their craft around the world. They each bring a unique perspective to the age old art of magic and they just might surprise you. Here are a few.

Ariann Black -

Ariann Black is currently the only professional female magician to have earned a degree in Magic. She studied with Dale Salwack at the Chavez School of Magic. Ariann was born in Canada and had an interest in magic from a very young age. She is a master of manipulation and often uses soap bubbles to create intricate illusions. Ariann was voted "Magician of the Year 2011" by the International Conclave of Illusionists. Though she has performed all over the world, Ariann has found much success with her show "Secrets" in Las Vegas.


Mara -

Born Maartje van Olst in Zwolle, Netherlands, Mara is an expert at blending the perception of illusion and reality. At a young age, Mara had an interest in magic and chose the topic for a school project. She wrote a letter to famed magician Hans Kazan which eventually led to her joining his sons, Oscar and Renzo, in forming a magic group. They work together under the name of "Magic Unlimited". Mara is the technical one of the trio and provides the procedural and methodological solutions to new illusions. They have performed all over the world and won many international awards.


Suzanne -

Born in Battle Creek, Michigan, U.S.A., Suzanne is considered an expert at close-up manipulation. As a child she was fascinated by optical illusions and this led to her interest in magic. At a young age, she figured out how to make a paper clip disappear by using ordinary things from around the house. Suzanne's success with this experimental trick prompted her to embrace magic as a serious pursuit. She met and studied with legendary magician Al Schneider who helped her hone her skills. Suzanne's sleight-of-hand prowess has made her popular at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. She takes a narrative approach to her act and has evolved into a master conjurer. In 2010, Suzanne (no last name known) was nominated as Close-up Magician of the Year, the first female magician ever to be awarded that honor.


Sue-Anne Webster -

Sue-Anne Webster is Australia's Leading Lady of Magic and a true jane of all trades in the magic world. Close-up magic comes as easily to her as stage illusions. Born and raised in Sydney, Sue-Anne stands at only 5' 3" but is anything but demur. She began studying magic under the tutelage of magician Turoa Walmsley but she didn't stop there. Sue-Anne studied art, acting, pyrotechnics, Latin dance, theatrical effects, mime and puppetry. She creates her unusual effects in her home including a bottomless pit and a time tunnel. One of her award winning tricks involves battling an unseen ghost who eventually makes her disappear while she is standing on top of a table. She is also known for the illusion of sawing a man in half with a real chainsaw. Sue-Anne is well-loved for her performances around the world. She serves as President of the prestigious Australian Institute of Magic.


Morgan the Escapist -

Born in New Jersey, U.S.A, Morgan is adept at escaping from any restraints to include handcuffs and strait-jackets. Her inspiration as a child was Dorothy Dietrich, a larger-than-life escape artist and television personality. Morgan received her education in theater arts as well as graphic arts and got work in a professional theater. In 1994, she was introduced to the popular illusionist, John Bundy, and eventually became his assistant. She developed her own escape-based act and went on to star in the Hong Kong Magic Festival three years in a row. She often appeared on national television networks. Morgan was awarded " Best Female Escape Artist" in 2009 at the World Magic Awards. She is also accomplished in martial arts holding a 2nd degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.


Laura London -

Laura London is known as the Mistress of Magic. This London born entrepreneur brings style to the world of magic by giving her act a cabaret show feel. Laura's talent is in the manipulation of small objects like cards and coins. But her appeal is in her adaptation of historic magic acts using costumes and sets depicting the era. Fascinated by the magic of Criss Angel and Fay Presto, Laura plunged into the business at an early age. She is well-traveled and has performed all over the globe. She is honored to have done so at an event to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday at Buckingham Palace. Laura was the youngest female to enter the Magic Circle by passing her exam just a couple of weeks after her 18th birthday.


Kyoko-

Born Kyoko Maebeya in Japan, Kyoto was first trained as a professional dancer. When she became interested in a magic career, she moved to New York to study and hone her magical skills. Kyoko is known for speedily conjuring up, vanishing and multiplying any object. Once she returned to Japan, she quickly gained popularity. Kyoko entered many magic competitions all over the world and won first place in several. She was voted into the top ten performers in the World Championships of Magic held in Sweden. One of Kyoko's most popular acts involves wearing a kimono and performing to traditional Japanese music.


Sophie Evans -

Sophie Evans knows how to wow a crowd. Born to a family of entertainers in Portsmouth, England, she manages to blend comedy with magic. Sophie specializes in incorporating the element of fire into her acts and serves as a magic and fire consultant. Her style is contemporary and exciting and she brings a Cabaret feel to her performances. She has appeared before many celebrities including Ex-President Jimmy Carter, Celine Dion and Muhammad Ali. Sophie is also a television celebrity showing up on TV specials in the United Kingdom, France, the United States and Australia. She's won several magic awards including "Stage Magician of the Year" in 2009 from the Academy of Magical Arts.



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      suziecat7 10 months ago from Asheville, NC

      Penny - I will go check her out! Thanks.

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      Penny Wilkes 10 months ago

      You missed out on the top female magicians in the world Dorothy Dietrich

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      SonQuioey - Glad you could stop by. These ladies are terrific.

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Ralph - glad to include her in your comment.

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      Toni Northern 4 years ago from Williamston NC

      Love your hub. I wasn't familiar with any lady magicians. Haven't seen a magic show in years but I hope to some day soon. I'm glad ladies have and do hold their own.

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      Ralph Pope 5 years ago

      Odd that you have not included one of the best and pioneers in the field, Dorothy Dietrich. One can find a lot on her at wikipedia on Dorothy Dietrich, or http://dorothydietrich.com

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      James - you are welcome.

      Alastar - Always nice to see you - yes, Suzanne is amazing.

      LTW - Things are changing for women in all fields - thank you so much for reading.

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      Learn Things Web 5 years ago from California

      Interesting hub. I hadn't even thought about this before but I've never actually seen a female magician other than at small events like birthday parties. I wonder why they're so rare.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      We usually think of female assistants when it comes to magic shows so this was a bit pleasantly surprising here. Suzanne's act sounds particularly cool as does the petite president of AIM. They all sound well worth seeing for that matter. The two vids really let you see what these lady magicians can do too.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I enjoyed your fascinating article. I grew up near the "magic capital of the world," Colon, Michigan. A couple of my good friends were magicians.

      These ladies look great. The woman in the first photo looks very familiar but I can't place her. Anyway, thanks for a good read. :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Audrey - You're right.

      Krypto - So glad you liked it.

      RVDaniels - Thank you for your kind words.

      Stars - Yes, magic is a difficult art. Glad you could stop by.

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Women do all kinds of great things. Magic is a difficult art. Magic shows are captivating. When I was a child I remember seeing a magic show. It was the fastest hour that ever flew by. Wow was it great. God Bless You. Fine Hub.

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      RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

      You know, I think this may be the most interesting thing I've seen all week. Thanks for educating me and sharing this. It's a good piece and easy on the eyes (well written, not just the attractive ladies). You've a new fan in me.

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      Rodney C Lawley 5 years ago from Southeastern United States

      A great topic and well written. Thanks!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Nice article! I hadn't thought about it, but does seem that magic has been a men's club for a long time!

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Dexter - Nice to see you.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lilyfly - Nice to see you - I've been so busy. Thanks for stopping by.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      DrBj - They sure can - thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love everything about magician and lady magicians as something great for the show. I believe that they all have a lot of experience to perform their show in front of the audiences. I really entertained with all information about these women. Suzanne, thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up and useful. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      Domino The Great - NY Magician 4 Kids 5 years ago

      Yes this is a great Hub and there needs to be more people out there supporting both groups. As that is a shame that there are so many talented "Lady Magicians" out there and we never to hear about them. I love this art of magic and being that I'm a New York magician, we need to highlight all the talented performers (men & women)!! Thanks again for this hub!

      http://www.dominothegreat.com

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Diogenes - Aw - we'll always need you guys. Thank you for reading.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Daffy - Good idea! Thanks for the comment.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

      Hi Suziecat! I an so happy that you wrote this hub. Yes, we are enamored with the skills of male magicians but fail to eve realize that there are female magicians that are equally skillful!

      Thanks for the education!

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Long time, no see! Great Hub! lilyfly

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      What an interesting collection of female magicians, susie. Thanks for the introductions. These gals can REALLY pull the wool over guys' eyes.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, WillStarr.

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      diogenes 5 years ago

      Interesting because I had never considered whether there were any or not, they seem to have stuck to palm reading and seances, etc. Well, the pendulum is swinging to a matriachal world anyway; you soon won't need us poor slobs at all...Bob

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      Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

      It's interesting that male magicians are talked about in the media and not female ones. Maybe you should send this hub to your local news station.

      Nice hub!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I love watching magicians, but I've never seen a lady magician!

      Cool Hub!

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Attikos - What you say is true but these ladies are more than a pretty face. Thanks for being the first to comment.

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      Attikos 5 years ago from East Cackalacky

      Most of them would have little trouble wowing any man.