Michael Weber – A really smart guy.

by Yeats Wong
Jan 01, 2011

No, that’s NOT David Hassellhoff!

You’ve probably never heard of him, but I would bet a medium size bag of gold that you have seen some of  Michael Weber’s work.

Together with Ricky Jay, Michael Weber co-founded Deceptive Practices, a magic consulting firm for the film, theatre, and television industry.  Just a small sampling of his work can be seen in The Prestige, The Illusionist, Oceans’ 13, Forrest Gump, Congo, and Martin Scorsese’s Casino.

It’s an honour to meet such an intelligent and talented individual.  I’m glad he wasn’t billing me, but if he had been, the advice he gave me on my show would have been well worth the price.

Over a day of munching sushi, and showing him Calgary, Michael shared with me stories of his life, advice on magic, observations on world politics and finances, and in general knocked my socks off with his neato brain.

It was most interesting to meet a man who has managed to become successful in the field of magic, and hold a full time successful practice as a lawyer.  I had always assumed that one must choose between a professional career and a career in performing arts, and Michael really showed me a new meaning to the word success.

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