Jamy Ian Swiss (b. ?)


Real Name

jamy ian swiss 




Magician, Writer, Entertainer

Place of Birth

Brooklyn, New York. USA








Swiss possesses the ability of masterful sleight-of-hand prowess. He is a specialist in close-up magic with emphasis in playing cards. 

Interesting Fact

Swiss has an affinity for swimming. When he was 12 years old, he had earned his Advanced Scuba certification. 


Jamy Ian Swiss was born November 30 in Brooklyn, New York.

He learned his first trick when he was 7 years old. His father bought him a "Color Vision Box" and for the next several years, he mastered one trick after another. 

He performed his first big school show when he was 11, and by the age of 29, he landed his first payed magic show at a corporate Christmas party. 

Since then he has performed magic throughout the United States for presenters ranging from Fortune 500 companies to the Smithsonian Institution. He has been featured in The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and New York Press. 

He has also appeared in television programs including 48 Hours, the PBS series NOVA, and the PBS documentary The Art of Magic and The Today Show.

Jamy worked as a comedy writer and chief magic consultant for Penn & Teller on their television program, Sin City Spectacular. 

He also served as head writer and associate director for The Virtual Magician starring Marco Tempest, which aired in 45 countries; created, produced and performed in the Discovery Channel documentary, Cracking the Con Games; and has consulted on feature films including The Fantasticks. 

Swiss is also a co-founder of the National Capital Area Skeptics and the New York City Skeptics.

In 2000, Swiss presented a one-man show The Honest Liar as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. 

His show of intimate sleight-of-hand magic, Magic: Close-up in Concert, ran for six months at the Rainbow Room in New York City, and has also been presented at the Players Club.

Swiss is currently a co-producer and performer for Monday Night Magic, New York City's longest running Off-Broadway magic show.

Jamy Ian Swiss is the author of the essay collection Shattering Illusions. He is also a co-author of the companion volume to the PBS documentary The Art of Magic and the Explaining Magic chapter of Visual Explanations by Edward Tufte.

He also contributed to, or consulted on, the following books: Magic for Dummies; Penn & Teller’s How to Play with Your Food and American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

He writes columns for Skeptic magazine and the quarterly magic journal Antimony. He has written for Genii, the Conjurors’ Magazine since 1994.

He has lectured to magicians in 13 countries. He also created and produces Card Clinic, a seminar on sleight of hand with playing cards.

Information credit: HonestLiar.Com, Genii, May 1994, Wikipedia. 

For more information, visit Jamy Ian Swiss' website. 

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