He's made ghosts appear on the screens of borrowed cell phones. He can shove his hand through a living human's chest, seemingly breaking the skin yet leaving them unscathed. He's even made a town think they were being besieged by UFOs.
He's a magician, a paranormal illusionist, an inventor and an unapologetic prankster. He's been one of magic's best kept secret. Andrew Mayne started off on a promising career in magic as a teenager when he became the second youngest illusionist to ever embark on a world tour (The first one being another upstart by the name of David Copperfield). During his tour he performed in resorts, on luxury liners and exotic locales around the world. Five years later, at the ripe old age of twenty-three, he decided it was time for a career change. Bored with putting beautiful girls into boxes only to be cut in half, the sequins and the other clichéd trappings of magic, Andrew decided to call it quits on anything that was beginning to look like a normal career in magic. Although an established performer at the top of his career, there wasn't a place for the kind of magic Andrew really wanted to perform. To his booking agent's chagrin, he decided to delve behind the scenes and see what kind of boundaries he could push.
At first through word of mouth, then through books and DVDs, Andrew's unique ideas began to spread throughout the magic community. David Blaine, Penn & Teller and others all sought out Andrew for his radical ideas on magic. He became know as a magician's magician. From figuring out the right way to levitate on a crowded street, to inventing a means for an astronaut in space to choose the same card as a magician on earth, Andrew became the go-to-guy for the impossible. His creations began popping up on television specials and stages around the world. Aspiring young magicians who dubbed themselves "Mayniacs" devoured his material and began inflicting Andrew's style of shock magic on an unsuspecting public. People around the world were being exposed to Andrew's wicked approach to magic.
Today, with over 36 published books, DVDs and effects, Andrew is widely considered one of the most creative magicians of his generation. Unique for a magician, besides being both a creator and a performer, his creative repertoire stretches from both intimate close-up magic to grand illusion. In 2007 Andrew launched iTricks.com the top daily news source for magic and iTricks.TV, a daily magic video channel. Beyond magic, he's a partner in Jaras/Mayne Productions which recently produced G4 Underground for the G4 network.
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Where to buy in print
The Chronological Man: The Monster in the Mist
When the citizens of Boston begin to go missing in the fog in 1890, it’s up to the mysterious Smith, inventor and adventurer, to figure out what’s going on with the help of his assistant, April Malone.
Public Enemy Zero
The world is out to kill Mitchell Roberts. A strange virus is on the loose sending everyone he comes in contact with into a homicidal rage. From narrowly avoiding getting murdered at his ex-girlfriend's front door, to a crowded shopping mall turned one-man zombie apocalypse, he's got to stay a step ahead of everyone around him if he doesn't want to get ripped apart alive.
The Grendel's Shadow
When an unknown animal starts killing off settlers on a backwater planet run on coal and steam power, there's only person who can help stop the slaughter; T.R. Westwood. A distinguished professor of biology and the galaxy's greatest hunter, he's the man to go to when the local wildlife needs to be reminded who is the galaxy's top predator.
Convince your friends and audiences that you can instantly memorize a shuffled deck of cards! This easy to perform magic trick doesn't require any special memorization. Uses any deck of cards.
50 Ways to Make Money with Magic
Andrew Mayne presents a thought-provoking book filled with 50 different ways to use your magic skills and enthusiasm to make money. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, there’s useful information for you that can help you think about different ways in which you can make magic pay.
Magic and Mentalism Gone Mad!!!
Andrew Mayne's offbeat take on mentalism. 11 mind-blowing comedy mentalism effects:
+ Perform the Psychic Spitball Catch
+ Drive a Big Wheel Blindfolded
+ Face the Whoopee Cushion of Death
+ Perform Magic with Human Organs
+ Demonstrate a magical drinking game
Handbook of Super Powers
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have superhero powers? Now you can find out! For the first time ever, Magician X shares the secrets behind his incredible abilities. You’ll find out how he uses magic technology to replicate the powers of amazing superheroes. You’ll learn how to shoot webs, climb walls, levitate objects and read your friend’s minds and more!
Unleash the mutant within! Cool tricks and effects using only your body! Andrew Mayne presents a collection of tricks, effects and stunts using only your body:
Suspend your body vertically from a pole in mid-air. Shrink yourself as you walk down a hallway. Vanish your head. Remove your fingers. Twist your neck in an impossible way!
At any time during your show make half your body disappear in a fraction of a second. Just as quickly as your body vanished, it returns. Perform it anytime, anywhere. There’s even a way to perform it surrounded. It’s a perfect effect for the street magician or stage illusionist and has even appeared on television.
Included are step-by-step instructions for performing the illusion.
Who needs thousands of dollars to perform incredible illusions? The magician picks up a cardboard box. He places it upside-down over his head and then rips open a hole in the front so his face his visible. The magician then lifts the box a foot above his shoulders; stretching his neck in an impossible manner. Next he twists his head 360 ! FACE LIFTER is an incredible easy to build illusion.
Knives, razor blades and bricks are just some of the fiendish props used in the routines in this manuscript. Besides maiming yourself, you'll get to throw bricks at your audience and even lop off a spectator's hand or two. Shock Magic is a twisted mixture of shock, gore and fun.
Perform a bloody card trick with razors, shove a paperclip through your arm or hammer a nail into your head and more!
“That’s sick!” When you hear the first two people you show your trick to independently say the same thing, you know you’re on to something.
Pocket Sawing-in-Half is a fun little effect that creates the illusion that you’ve been cut in half.
6 Different routines
How to Levitate
Learn how to levitate on the street, in your living room or on stage. Andrew Mayne presents 11 different ways to perform the most incredible illusion in magic! Includes step-by-step photo instructions.
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