Norm Nielsen (b. 1934)


Norm Nielsen's Real Name

Norman Nielsen




Magician, Business Owner

Place of Birth

Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA








Norm Nielsen possesses the ability of superior sleight-of-hand and conjuring skills. His signature effect is the floating violin.

Interesting Fact

Nielsen learned how to make magic props from Theo Bamberg, also known as Okito. He was given permission by Okito to manufacture all items of his line.


Norm Nielson was born February 17, 1934, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His interest in magic started at a young age after watching his barber perform a few cigarette tricks.

After seeing Neil Foster perform at a magic convention in White Water, Wisconsin, Nielsen enrolled at the Chavez School of Magic in Los Angeles, California; he graduated in 1953.

One of his first ideas for a magic trick was to make a trumpet toot as it floated in thin air.

He eventually rejected this idea as the audience would not be able to see the keys move.

This led to the creation of the floating violin, whose moving bow was more readily seen. The prototype took nearly two years to develop, and the illusion itself took several more.

After performances in Japan, Nielsen developed a new act while working as a manufacturer of magical apparatus.

The act, entitled "Musical Magic," and featuring his famous floating violin, is considered one of the best-known and most successful acts in the world.

Nielsen developed other aspects of his musical act, including a flute that disintegrates into silver dust and coins that are dropped melodically onto a vertical xylophone.

He has appeared in London, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Sydney, New York and several other countries. He had a regular engagement at the Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris, where he performed on and off for six years.

Nielson has also appeared on television in many countries, beginning with a highly successful performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.

He is the owner of Nielsen Magic, founded 1956. He is the manufacturer of the Nielsen line of products, which include among others, Vanishing Bottles, Rubber Doves and Manipulation Cards.

Nielson is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including "Stage Magician of the Year" and "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts, "Jack Gwynne Award" (1977, 1988), "Golden Mandrake Award" (1991), and the D.R.A.G.O.N. Award in 2005.

Information credit: The Encyclopedia of Magic and Magicians, Wikipedia.

Photo credit: Zakaryy Belamy

For more information, visit Norm Nielsen's official website.

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