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Magic Consulting and Directing
"I have learned more about magic from Johnny Thompson than from any other source in the world. Now you, too, can learn from the master!"
John Thompson, in the capacity of magic technical adviser, consultant and coach has provided material for several television productions including Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, One Day at a Time, Beyond Westworld, Shaquille O'neal's series Shaq Vs..., Criss Angel's A&E series MindFreak and Penn & Teller's Showtime series Bullshit, as well as their recent English ITV series Fool Us. His film credits include Michael Ritchie's new film version of Off-Broadway's longest running musical, The Fantistiks, Norman Jewison's family film, Bogus, Turner Broadcasting's cable release, Houdini-Believe and the Siegfried and Roy 3-D Imax film, The Magic Box.
As a theatrical special effects designer and consultant he has invented and presented a variety of unique optical illusions for trade shows, industrial shows, theme parks, musicals and plays. Bush Garden's Williamsburg production of "The Ghost of the Globe," a Shakespearean fantasy with over thirty-five unique special effects, was Thompson's initial venture into theme park attractions. Many of his original optical illusions and special effects techniques have been featured in theme parks, The Smithsonian Institute, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and hundreds of trade shows, including the White House Conference on "The Industrial World Ahead Congress." He currently is the magic consultant and special effects designer for Off-Broadway's newest hit show, "Play Dead."
John has written and produced several magic-themed revue shows for the Nevada gaming industry. Among them were "Excitement 79" for John Asquga's Nugget in Sparks Nevada, "Les Sorcery," an award winning magical revue for Reno's Club Cal Neva and "Kaleidoscope," a black-light revue for the Las Vegas M.G.M. Grand's hotel & Casino's "Grand Adventures" theme park.
As a magical consultant and illusion designer he has written, developed and provided material for magicians Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, Doug Henning, Lance Burton, Criss Angel and David Blaine. John was a member of the magic staff for Penn & Teller's "Sin City Spectacular" cable series and one of the writers for the Lance Burton magic specials. He's penned the instruction sheets for Marshall Brodien's TV Magic Cards and TV Magic Sets and recently completed the illusion designing, consulting and directing of all the magic sequences for the Sun City, South Africa extravaganza, "Beyond Belief," which completed an unprecedented two-year run.
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