Mike Caveney (b. 1950)


Mike Caveney's Real Name

Michael Caveney




Magician, Author, Publisher

Place of Birth









Caveney possesses the ability of masterful conjuring and comedic skills in the art magic. His signature effect is the 'Linking Coat Hangers.' Other distinctive routines are his 'three handed juggling' and his presentation of the 'knife through coat.'

Interesting Fact

Caveney lives in Pasadena, California with his wife, magician, mime and harpist Tina Lenert.The couple married in 1979.


Mike Caveney was raised in the San Gabriel Valley in California.

He discovered magic at age nine and as a pre-teen worked for Owen Magic Supreme, where he was paid in magic apparatus.

He was a member of the Long Beach Mystics, a club for young magicians, founded in 1955 in Long Beach, California.

The club met regularly in the backroom of Brownies Hobby and Magic Shop and produced a myriad of professional magicians including Michael Weber, Stan Allen, Kevin James and Dana Daniels.

He began his career working for Johnson Products, writing the firm's catalogs and instruction sheets; he also did some of the manufacturing work and traveled to various conventions demonstrating the Johnson line of precision-made magical apparatus.

During this time, he became active as a performer, appearing in the venues from Reno to New York City, from Canada and Britain to Japan. He also did considerable trade show work.

In 2005, a documentary about the Mystics was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization.

In 1995 he received the "John Nevil Maskelyne Award" for literature by the Magic Circle of London.

Four years later he was awarded the "Literary Fellowship Award" by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle.

In 2006, he was voted "Stage Magician of the Year" and has been nominated as "Lecturer of the Year" several times by that same organization.

He is also the co-organizer and host of the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, a biennial invitation-only conference to showcase historical magic.

The conference is co-hosted by Ricky Jay, John Gaughan and Jim Steinmeyer. As a magic historian, he was featured on A&E's 1997 "Story of Magic," hosted by Ricky Jay.

Since 1979, Caveney has published over 50 titles on the theory, practice and history of magic.

His titles are revered by serious magicians and are written by some of the magic industry's most creative minds.

The high quality of his books has made them sought after by both collectors and performers around the world.

His biographical works include Kellar’s Wonders (2003) with Bill Miesel, and Carter the Great (1995).

In 2010 he co-authored, Magic, 1400s-1950s for Taschen Books. Mike Caveney is also a contributing editor to MAGIC - The Independent Magazine for Magicians.

He is a life-member of the magic Castle in Hollywood, and a member of the Magic Circle in London. He has appeared onstage or on TV in more than 20 countries worldwide and most of the 50 states.

Information, courtesy of Wikipedia, The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians.

For more information, visit Mike Caveney's Official Website.

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