Meet Dean Carnegie
Illusionist, Speaker and Magic Historian
Dean Carnegie is a professional magical entertainer, artist(painter), author and historian. His various interests in art, literature, and history all seem to find their way into his programs. As a professional magician, Dean travels all over the U.S. and abroad demonstrating and sharing his magic. He is the creator/producer of several different shows including Carnegie-Artist of Mystery and The Steampunk Illusionist. He also develops custom presentations for corporate events and shopping malls.
As an artist, his work generally involves the theme of magic. His paintings of magicians have been featured on the covers of magazines, on TV and in books. Carnegie’s artwork is done primarily in acrylics. Some examples of his artwork can be seen at www.artistofmystery.com
Dean is the author of two books on escapology for magicians and is finishing up his first children’s book. He has a book on the famous magician Harry Houdini in the works. Dean is also a columnist for a magic periodical. Finally, he is the creator and writer for the very popular blog The Magic Detective which is all about the history of magic.
When not writing, painting or performing, Dean Carnegie is usually developing new material for his shows. Being an avid magic history fan, he constantly delves through 100+ year old books to find old world magic and then figures out how to make those old effects new again. In some cases, like with his Steampunk Illusionist Show, those old effects are presented just the way there were a century ago. Old mysteries for new audiences is a perfect combination.
Dean is the creator of The Magic Detective, the #1 most popular blog on general magic history on the internet. On the blog he covers everyone from Houdini and David Copperfield, to performers you have never heard of like The Great Maro and Robert Heller.
Due to the popularity of the blog Dean has given talks and lectures on various magicians. He has spoken before magic collectors, historians, and recently at a TEDx Talk in Washington D.C. Dean has also presented recreations of performances of bygone performers for historical societies. In 2016 & 2017, Dean Carnegie recreated parts of Harry Houdini’s act for the DC Chapter of AtlasObsura.com.