Katalin (b. ?)
Place of Birth
Czekmann possesses the ability of masterful sleight-of-hand prowess. She is a consummate performer, displaying her conjuring skills in various settings, from classy cabaret magic to cutting edge stage illusions.
Her signature magic effect is her "Color Changing Glove Act."
Master magician Joseph Gabriel discovered Czekmann's talent and helped her create her solo act. The their working relationship blossomed into romance, and a year later they got married.
Katalin Czekmann was born in Budapest, Hungary and became fascinated in magic when she was just 6 years old.
It was very difficult for her to learn magic due to the lack of information about the art in Hungary, so she set out on a quest to find a professional magician in Budapest.
She discovered master magician, Janos Habok who took her under his wing and trained her extensively in magic.
In 1997, after years of study, and practice, Czekmann competed and won first place in the Junior Category at "A Festival for Magicians" in the Czech Republic.
At just thirteen years old she was the youngest person ever to receive this award.
The following year, she performed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for their annual "Family Festival." Czekmann performed three shows a day in Dubai, and it was there she really began to develop her skills and develop her commanding stage personality.
In 1998, she again won first place in the "III. National Magician Junior Festival" where she performed a dove act.
Her hard work paid off again that same year when she took home the coveted, "Magician of The Year" award.
Three years later, she began expanding her repertoire, performing large-scale illusions on Classic International Cruise Lines.
The power of her performance was strong enough to have her original three month contract extended to six.
After returning home to Hungary, Czekmann was selected by the Commander of Sumeg Castle to create a "medieval magic show," to enhance the tourist’s experience while visiting this famous landmark.
Her performance was so well received that she became known as the "Witch of Sumeg Castle" by the locals living in the area.
In 2004, she was asked to work in the most famous, elegant night club in Budapest - "The Moulin Rouge," which featured some of the finest acts in Eastern Europe.
Later that year, she decided to follow her dream and travel to the United States in pursuit of performing in the Entertainment Capital of the World - Las Vegas.
When she arrived in Las Vegas, she didn't know anyone. However, through the internet she found a helpful Hungarian couple who took her in.
She began surfing the internet, looking for any magicians in Las Vegas that would help her.
Kevin James, a well known magician and prolific magic inventor, answered her letter and invited her to "The World's Greatest Magic Show" at the Greek Isles Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.
She auditioned for the producer of the show, and the rest is history.
Since 2006, Czekmann has been performing with Joseph Gabriel in Their full evening show "The Magic of Joseph Gabriel and Katalin."
Their successful show broke all box office records for their limited run engagement at the Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
On returning to the USA, "The Magic of Joseph Gabriel and Katalin" was voted "Show of The Year," after their 8 month run at the River Palms Hotel Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.
In 2009, she was the only female magician to perform for the 53rd annual, “It’s Magic” in Hollywood, California in the legendary Kodak Theatre.
She then went on to make her first national American television appearance performing and winning "Cabaret Magician of the Year" on the "World Magic Awards," which aired November, 19th on My Network TV.
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