Christopher Hart (b. 1961)
Has been called “The man with the movie star hand,”
and “The most famous right hand in Hollywood”
Place of Birth
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Hart possesses the ability of superior sleight-of-hand prowess. He is a specialist in manipulative magic and is noted for his original presentation of the torn-and-restored effect using a music sheet, and "Thing," the mischievous disembodied hand act.
Hart was famous for playing "Thing," the disembodied hand, in three Addams Family movies: The Addams Family, Addams Family Values, and Addams Family Reunion.
Christopher Hart was born February 22, 1961, in Nanaimo, British Columbia. was raised and educated in Catholic schools in Los Angeles.
Hart grew up in Inglewood, Calif., the eldest of four children born to hairdresser turned housewife Margaret Hart and her husband, Don, a cemetery administrator.
At the age of 8 he became intrigued after discovering a magic book at the local library. It was at this same time that the television series “The Magician” starring Bill Bixby was on the air and further fueled his passion for magic.
His inspirations in magic were Norm Nielson, Marvyn Roy and Johnny Thompson. He also admired the performing skills of comedy troupes, and dancers like Gregory Hines.
At sixteen, after an extensive audition and interview process, Christopher was accepted into the Magic Castle’s elite junior program. As a teenager, Hart earned extra money working in a cemetery as a grave digger and was nicknamed Lurch due to his tall, lanky frame.
Soon realizing that it was a dead-end job, Christopher accepted a position demonstrating tricks at Hollywood Magic, the largest West Coast magic shop.
Working in Hollywood gave Christopher the opportunity to meet and perform before the likes of Michael Jackson, Johnny Carson, Muhammad Ali, and Harry Anderson. As Christopher’s reputation grew he soon came to the attention of David Copperfield.
In fact, Hart’s first introduction to Las Vegas came before he was old enough to gamble, when he went to work for Copperfield as a Magic Roadie.
Impressed with Hart’s knowledge and expertise in the field of magic, Copperfield continued to use Christopher on several more live and television shows including the Great Wall of China special.
Hart's talented hands have found him work in several movies and TV spots, including "Idle Hands," "Angel," "Quicksilver Highway," and "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine."
His sleight-of-hand magic has also been featured in national television commercials for McDonald's, Honda, RCA, and others. He has twice been awarded "Stage Magician of the Year" by Hollywood's Magic Castle, and Princess Stephanie of Monaco personally awarded him the top prize at the "Grand Prix Magique" held in Monte Carlo.
In 2011, Christopher Hart joined an all-star cast of magicians in the touring show based on the award winning TV series "Masters of Illusion," entitled "Masters of Illusion Live!"
Information, courtesy of Wikipedia
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