Cyril Takayama (b. 1973)
Place of Birth
Hollywood, California, USA
Cyril Takayama possesses the uncanny ability to manipulate, materialize, dematerialize, transpose and teleport any object at will. He is a sleight of hand specialist and master in close-up and stage manipulation.
Cyril's signature effects include the hamburger in the menu trick, having his head fall off his shoulders, and the card through window trick.
Due to his large popularity in Japan, Cyril frequently goes out in disguise; his most notable character "Sero jisan" (Old Man Cyril.)
Cyril Takayama was born September 27, 1973, in Los Angeles, California.
His father is of Okinawan descent, and his mother is Moroccan-French, both of whom were beauticians.
When he was six years old when he went to a magic show in Las Vegas where he saw a magician levitate a woman and cut himself in half. Since then Cyril became enamored with magic.
His first performance in front of a live audience was during his junior high school's talent show. At the age of 12, he entered the junior program at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Cyril Takayama had an eventful yet troubled upbringing.
Apart from his budding practice in magic, Cyril also had a troublesome time in high school which led him to being expelled at 15, and then dropping out of school at the age of 16. Cyril's father, upset at his behavioral problems, sent him to Japan.
While traveling he got off the plane during a stopover in Tokyo and never got back on. Cyril wound up busking on the streets of Shinjuku, and at times had so little money that he could afford just one meal a day.
He attempted to contact Japan magic circles though they viewed him as an outsider. At the age of 17, Cyril met a rich Japanese businessman who saw his talent and employed him to work in his hotel paying him for each short range performance 4 to 5 days a week.
For two years Cyril performed as a magician for weddings and parties. Within 2 months Cyril created his own stage magic show. Ito, impressed at Cyril's progress, sent Cyril to magic assemblies and competitions. In 1991, Cyril's dedication began to pay off.
He was awarded a top prize by magic's international governing body, the International Federation of Magic Societies, as well in 1994. In 1992, he joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
In 2001, he and his partner Jane won the "Golden Lion Award" at Siegfried and Roy’s World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas.
In 2004, he teamed up with his fellow magicians called "Magic X," and appeared in the television series T.H.E.M.(Totally Hidden Extreme Magic).
He won first place in The Magic Woods Awards, Best Magician Category in 2007.
Since 2005 Cyril has been steadily increasing in popularity in Japan as well as on the Internet, due to many of his magic shows being uploaded and viewed on the popular video-sharing site YouTube. He has been dubbed Magic's first cyber celebrity.
In his 2006 magic specials, Cyril visited Thailand to put on a show for orphans with HIV. He also did the same with orphans in Nepal.
The following year, he appeared on the MTV series called "Room 401" where magicians prank unsuspecting victims. On May 31, 2008 he hosted the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards in Japan.
Cyril doesn't limit his work to television only. He travels around Japan performing grand magic stage shows known as "Magic Revolution: The Xperience."
He also appeared in the movie Redbelt, playing a minor role as the magician and was a speaker and performer at Portugal's 2010 Essential Magic Conference. In 2011, Cyril appeared in a TV show called "Cyril Simply Magic" on AXN.
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Photos courtesy of Zakary Belamy
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