Lu Chen (b.1976)
Lu Chen's Real Name
Lu "Louis" Chen
Place of Birth
Lu Chen possesses the uncanny ability of supreme manipulation. He is a specialist in the art of sleight of hand, and close-up magic, manipulating anything from silks, doves, cards and canes.
In 2011, Chen became the first Asian magician to have his own stage performance at Las Vegas and the first Taiwanese magician to be published in the American MAGIC magazine.
Lu Chen was born June 25, 1976 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
He became fascinated with magic at the age of 7 when he discovered a magic shop while shopping with his aunt.
He entered the shop and saw the clerk make coins disappear, and when confronted, the shopkeeper pulled a lollipop from behind Chen's ear.
Amazed and excited, young Chen began working on his magic skills, and at the age of 12, he won Taiwan's Youth Magic Contest which was judged by world famous illusionist David Copperfield.
Despite his award, Chen did not expect to become a professional magician, instead choosing to study the Japanese language at Soochow University, while practicing magic as a hobby in his spare time.
His failure to find a job after graduation forced him to pursue a career in magic.
In 2001, Chen expanded his magic repertoire onto television, starring in a show called "Magic Star," which quickly became STAR Chinese Channel's most popular show.
In 2003, he took first place at the international World Magic Seminar.
That same year he became the first Chinese magician ever to perform at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.
From 2002 - 2008, Chen has been performed and lectured in over 30 international magic conventions, a record on Chinese magic history.
In 2006, Chen was invited to make a guest appearance at the opening gala show of “International Brotherhood of Magicians (I.B.M.) Annual Convention” in Miami, Florida.
His performance received a standing ovation from over 1000 magicians from all over the world.
From 2007 to 2009, Chen has been performing and judging on the magic segment of the Chang Fei's popular Taiwanese variety show, Variety Big Brother.
Lu Chen's plans to pursue magic in China were fulfilled when he performed "Magic Hands" at CCTV New Year's Gala 2009 in front of a live audience and while one billion people watched the televised broadcast.
His performance was the second most popular show that night, surpassed only by Zhao Benshan's skit.
After his performance at the CCTV New Year's Gala, he became an automatic sensation throughout China, where various provincial channels (most commonly Jiangsu TV, Shanghai Media Group and Hunan TV) offer an invitation for him to perform.
Chen has also appeared in various Chinese television commercials throughout 2009 as a result of his popularity and fame. He was invited to perform again at CCTV New Year's Gala 2010 and CCTV Lantern Festival's Gala 2010.
After his debut in China, he mainly appears in China and Japan for his performances. In 2010, he was awarded the Merlin Award, his 26th magic award for his career.
Today, many consider Lu Chen to be Asia's David Copperfield due to his high fame and popularity especially in Asia.
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