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Thursday October 24, 2024

Paul Draper (Mentalism)

For seven years, Paul Draper was the house magician for the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, regularly performing for dignitaries and high rollers. Recently, he has had the honor of serving as an official magician for Disneyland. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Draper was a pioneer in presenting virtual magic shows and lectures, presenting thousands of shows over live streaming platforms for audiences ranging from fifteen participants to fifteen thousand participants per appearance.

On television he has appeared on every major network, including regular appearances on History, Discovery, A&E, HBO, HGTV, and Hallmark, and he has been featured in Psychology Today, Broadway World, and the Los Angeles Times. 

As an applied anthropologist, he regularly consults with and advises Fortune 100 companies and the top one hundred healthcare organizations in the United States on topics related to corporate culture, employee engagement, intercultural communication, leadership, and positive psychology.

Draper is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee for the Magic Castle in Hollywood, USA and is on council and  on the EDI Council for the Magic Circle in London, England, as well as serving on the Board of the Inclusion Center in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. Since 2017, he has written a monthly column titled “On Second Thought…” for the international trade magazine of the Society of American Magicians, in which he explores creative thinking and new perspectives for performance mentalism.

In 2022 and 2023, Paul Draper has taught anthropology-focused magic courses, core curriculum intercultural philosophy courses, and research methodology courses as a Distinguished Lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Soka University in California while concurrently teaching live virtual core creativity courses for Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. Draper has also served as an instructor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and been a guest lecturer at USC, UCLA, and Tulane, as well as a master lecturer at Yale. He would love to lecture at your organization or institution.

Featuring a Lecture by Paul Draper

“Paul Draper has the educated wit and humor of Ricky Jay, the wisdom and authority of a young Eugene Burger, the energy and enthusiasm of Tim Conover, and a lot of Las Vegas experience that takes years to learn!”

– Jeff McBride
“You are one of my influences!” Kim Silverman, Ph.D Principal Research Scientist, Spoken Language Technologies at Apple “In my country you could start a religion with what you do.”  Devinder Kishore, Nokia VP of Marketing in India
“Paul Draper creates the best Seance Ever”- New York Times best-selling author of “The Secret Life of Houdini” Larry “Ratso” Sloman 

LECTURE for MAGICIANS Hammond ESP: The best piece of strolling ESP Card Magic I have ever seen. I use it in every show – Close up, strolling & Stage! New ideas for old Mentalist PropsBody Magic & Kinesthesiology: How to magnetize yourself to the earth, and how to make the strongest man weak. A better way to perform a book test: Impromptu Hoy Book Test and how to perform it to maximum effect. Tips on the center tear in real world situations. Dealing with the “So you’re a mentalist, what am I thinking?” question. To disclaim or not to disclaim; thoughts on disclaimers. Seances for Fun and Profit! Q&A.