David Ben is unlike any magician you have seen before. He has a BA from the University of Toronto, a law degree from The London School of Economics, and as a former tax lawyer, he cannot help but think of how his skill as a magician relates to the creative problem-solving and sales strategies required to be successful in business.
Recognized as one of the premier magicians in the world, Ben was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram – one of the great sleight of hand artists of the twentieth century. He is a member of London’s prestigious Magic Circle and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, in Mexico, England, France and Japan. The Financial Post has described David as one of the most influential magicians of his generation.
Ben was the co-creator of and principle performer in the three critically acclaimed theatrical presentations The Conjuror, The Conjuror’s Suite and Tricks. He has authored three books on the subject: his first, Advantage Play – A Manager’s Guide to Creative Problem Solving examines magicians, card cheats and psychics as models of creativity and pragmatic problem solving; his second, Tricks , was a how-to book for magicians; and his most recent book, Dai Vernon: A Biography, is the first volume of a long awaited portrait of the life and times of the most influential magician of the twentieth century.
His television exposure has been numerous, with appearances on Michael Coren Live (3 times), Open Mike: The Mike Bullard Show (3 times), Pamela Wallin Live (3 times), Canada AM (3 times), The Dini Petty Show (2 times), Breakfast Television (6 times). Ben was also the subject of an award-winning documentary film A Conjuror in the Making which aired on Breakfast with the Arts on the A & E Network and on Adrienne Clarkson Presents on the CBC.