Michael Cantori spent his formative years in both our nation’s capital and in Europe, with an exorbitant amount of time sequestered in his father's subterranean workshop, "Dunninger's Encyclopedia of Magic" in hand. He went on to receive a degree in engineering, while excelling in the martial arts as both a competitor and instructor. He quickly gave up a traditional career path for the art of mystification and prestidigitation while concurrently managing numerous small businesses within the arts, as well as teaching self-defense for various institutions.
In addition to being a full-time performer, Cantori has taught graduate level classes in magic and awareness at the University of Maryland, has read the fortunes of congressmen, senators, and rock stars, and finds the time to design & craft magical apparatus, which he has supplied to some of the finest illusionists in the world.
He continually challenges himself within the magical arts, ever searching for the best routines, insights, and mysteries to share with his audience. Thus, he is an avid historian, author and scholar of theatrical magic, science, health, and mysticism, extending great homage to past masters such as Alexander Herrmann, Karl Germain, Nate Leipzig, Anna Eva Fay, Alexander (the man who knows), Nicola Tesla, and ... well, the list is quite grand.
The Traveling Show
• Turn-key Illusion Shows for all ages
• Parlor Shows for smaller Crowds
• Walk-Around & Close-up magic
• Lectures on the Golden Age of Magic and it's bizarre relationship with Spiritualism
In Gettysburg, PA
• Friday evening Mystery & Illusion Shows
• Space available for parties & private events
"The students loved you! Thank you for being so easy and pleasurable to work with."
Director of Residential Life
Johns Hopkins University
"Such unbelievable sleight-of-hand that you'll be checking your wallet at the door!"
"Dazzles the audience with his artistically inspired brand of hocus-pocus."
The Urbanite Magazine
The World Bank, Washington DC
"We just completed a quick review of activations etc, and all the team made note to say how incredibly great you were. In all respects you became an extension of our team and helped enable us to present a truly unified message. I couldn't have imagined your participation going any better!"
Paul S., Indiepay / Realscreen Summit - New York, NY
"Everyone had a blast!"
The FBI - Washington D.C.
"All feedback was fantastic. Thanks so much for making the entertainment so much fun and interactive. You will definitely be hearing from us again."
Program Director, C.A.S.E.
"It was a very memorable event. You added a very dynamic element to the atmosphere - Thanks for fitting in so well and for the great entertainment."
Dan R., Dupont Circle Hotel - Washington, D.C.
"You were the talk of the coffee shop this morning - excellent, and I mean excellent show. The magic was awesome but your charm and charisma was out of this world and really touched everyone."
Inn at the Colonnade, Baltimore, MD
"After all the positive reviews from his shows, I had to see one for myself - and after seeing Cantori perform, I knew we had to have him on-board for something else."
Rebecca S., Catering Manager, Hilton Doubletree Hotels
"This is the best program I've seen in my 16 years here - when can we have him back?"
Activities Director, The Virginian
"Our most enjoyable presentation of the year."
"Thank you once again for performing for our group. I am still getting compliments on how 'amazing' it was!
Phyllis T., US Dept. of Agriculture
"It was a pleasure having you entertain for us - It was huge success."
Phil J. - Event & Sales Manager, Celebrity Cruises
"Exceedingly entertaining, and .... well, he'll read your mind!"
Working with a historic house museum of the Civil War era, we asked Michael for a program that included history on the background of magic as it related to the Spiritualism movement, seances, and shysters that were popular during the second half of the 19th century as well as performing feats of magic and slight of hand. We got exactly what we asked for!
Mr. Cantori played to an SRO crowd of over 94 folks - young, old, different genders, and varying ethnic groups. His style is warm, friendly, and inclusive. Our visitors loved the show and kept him busy for a half-hour after the designated closing time. We plan to have him back in 2019.
Laurie Verge, Director, Surratt House Museum
"Great show - I really admire your work!"
General Alan R. Lynn, Director DISA
"Thank you so much for entertaining our two IT groups here at General Dynamics! Everyone the next day was talking about how cool your show was, and it was a pleasure working with you."
General Dynamics Corporate Headquarter - Fairfax, VA
"Everyone was so happy you were here and are still talking about it, like kids!"
Inter-American Development Bank
"Still smiling after a day made perfect by your wonderful contribution. Raves from everyone - Class act."
Event Manger, Westwood Country Club
"We thoroughly enjoyed the show and very much looking forward to having you back."
Director of Marketing
The Winery at Bull Run
"Thank you! You were absolutely great for our group of mostly attorneys. It was an experience that most have never had - so close and personal"
Wendy S., Barbri International - Miami, FL
"This was our first experience having a performer at our annual event, and what a great show."
NIH, Employee Activity Committee - Gathersburg, MD
"Thank you so much, you added such a great surprise to our event that all of our employees talk about is you when they mention the party!""
Janice L.,The Fillmore Silver Spring - Staff Event
"Awesome! We had a party of 130 people on a yacht, and he made this party a hit. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for this type of entertainment and I personally plan to use him later this year."
Private Event, Annapolis, MD
"Wonderful and entertaining. All of the feedback from our guests was positive. Some of the specific quotes were: 'engaging,' 'got along with everyone,' 'delightful' and 'enjoyable entertainment at all times.'"
Executive Director, KIND, Inc.
Lecturing at the Clara Barton Museum in
Washington DC for Atlas Obscura