Ben Blaque first began working as stage crew in 2004 at the Kirby VanBurch in Branson Missouri then eventually becoming the protege of Kirby VanBurch. He began in magic and illusions but found his passion with the crossbow act. He first started performing his crossbow act in 2009 in the Kirby VanBurch show sharpening his skills. He first appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2011 where he filmed 4 episodes. Since then, he kept performing and shooting arrows full time in shows in Branson, Myrtle Beach, Harrah’s in Reno, Revel Casino in Atlantic City, Harrah’s in New Orleans. Also World tours and US tours with The Illusionist Live from Broadway. He has also performed on TV shows such as America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, Italy’s “Tu Se Que Vales”, France “Battle of the Judges”, NBC”I Can Do That”, CW “Masters of Illusion”, TBS “Go Big” show. Ben Blaque also won “Best Variety Act” from the International Magicians Society.
Jason Bishop has starred in two Off-Broadway shows, “Jason Bishop – Straight Up Magic” and “Jason Bishop – Believe in Magic” both at the New Victory Theater on New York’s famed 42nd street. He’s been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CW Network’s “Masters of Illusion”, Canada’s popular “Breakfast Television Toronto” and Europe’s legendary “Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde” Rilmed in Paris, France. The New York Times said, “How did he do that?” and “there’s real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures, the agility of each finger”. Jason’s life journey was also the cover story for Southwest Airlines April 2019 issue, which has over 6 million readers. From his astounding “Cage Levitation” and “Walking Through a Brick Wall” to his cutting edge “Teleportation” and “Plasma” illusions, Bishop features stunning and original state of the art magic. One thing that distinguishes Jason is his virtuosity. Each show features award winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and close-up magic projected onto a large screen. No other illusionist presents such a diverse array of talents. Additionally, the show is delivered with a contemporary design, attitude and soundtrack. Bishop’s performance focuses on entertaining audiences with one remarkable illusion after another. With the wit and timing of a professional comedian each routine is presented in Bishop’s unique style, with some illusions featuring many more laughs than expected from an illusionist, while other effects demonstrate sleight of hand performed with precision and artistry. His performance abilities have led him from China to Paris and Hollywood to New York City, as well as every state in-between and over 30 countries on 6 continents. Bishop’s interest in magic ran throughout his youth, truly taking shape in his mid-teens. In college, Jason studied theatre and then went on the road performing at resorts and amusement parks, anywhere he could Rind an audience, including the street. As audiences’ enjoyment for the show grew, he began imagining and designing his illusions to became larger and more impressive.
Some of Jason Bishop’s awards and citations include the key to the city of Lake Charles Louisiana, awarded the honor of a “Kentucky Colonel”, the magic industry’s prestigious “Jack Gwynne Award for Excellence in Presentation” and “Performing Artist of the Year” by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. He is also the only illusionist to have not one but two productions in New York City at the acclaimed New Victory Theater. Bishop has entertained celebrities like Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Aniston, Hank Azaria, James Spader and Jason Alexander among others. Jason’s combination of fast paced illusions, music, comedy, sleight of hand and audience participation has landed him in notable venues, including Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, LiveNation’s Bamboozle Festival to name just a few. Currently Bishop performs in theaters and Performing Arts Centers throughout the United States as well as private corporate events.
“We are delighted to have presented Jason Bishop (Kim and Gizmo too!) two seasons in a row. Having never presented a magic and illusions show, we wanted to introduce the genre to our audiences and it was a great success. Thank you so much for the beautiful, humorous, captivating way you produce your shows. The New Victory and our audiences are looking forward to the next iteration!” With gratitude, Mary Rose Lloyd, Director of Artistic Programming, The New Victory Theater, New York (February 2018)