Jeff Sheridan (b. 1948)
Jeff Sheridan's Real Name
Magician, Magic Inventor, Artist, Author
Place of Birth
New York City, USA
Sheridan possesses the ability of supreme manipulation skills. His specialty is street magic, card effects and flourishes of all sorts. He is known for his silent avant-garde style of performance which he self created in NY's Central Park.
He is a pioneer at making a living at magic purely by working the street, and was well known as the Central Park magician performing at the Walter Scott statue in NYC in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s.
Jeff Sheridan's entrance into magic began when he was a boy in New York City. One Sunday afternoon, he discovered a large crowd gathering around the base of the Walter Scott statue.
As young Sheridan inched closer to the crowd, he noticed they were watching a magician performing. Sheridan was so fascinated by the conjurer, he stayed for several shows.
From that day on he was hooked. Sheridan began practicing sleight-of-hand when he was ten years old, learning tricks from books, catalogues and other magicians. He would rehearse in front of the mirror until his methods were perfected.
He eventually joined a boy's club called FAME, Future American Magical Entertainers. Sheridan dropped out of high school and started to give private performances plus nightly shows at the Seahunt Supper Club, an all-black night club in the Bronx.
He later worked in a department of a firm on Wall Street which was a lackluster of a job. He finished high school by taking night classes and continued to practice magic whenever he could.
He started to perform professionally at the age of 19. He studied briefly at the School of Visual Arts in NYC in the late 1960s, while growing in popularity performing in NY's Central Park through the 1970s.
In 1970 he co-founded the Theatre of the Surreal, a performance troupe that used principles in magic to create a living dreamlike images. Sheridan also pursued a venture in inventing and creating magic tricks.
He's worked for U.S. Toy company Milton Bradly's "Magic Works" magic line, as well for the Tenyo magic company based in Japan. He also created a 3 volume DVD set which shares some of his favorite and closely guarded effects.
In 1977, he co-authored along with Edward Claflin "Street Magic, An Illustrated History of Wandering Magicians and Their Conjuring Arts" published by Doubleday imprint Dolphin Books.
Sheridan taught and influenced some of the biggest names in magic, including David Copperfield, David Blaine and card wizard Jeff McBride.
Jeff has long established a reputation in the magic community, traveling the circuit, lecturing, authoring and selling his DVDs.
Jeff Sheridan currently resides in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, performing frequently at the Tigerpalast - Germany's top variety theater. In recent years, he has devoted much of his time blending the art of magic with surrealist art, incorporating his original artwork with into his magic routines. His work has been exhibited in Germany as well as New York.
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