Barry Ball Artists

Jason Bishop

Artist Overview

From his breathtaking Double Levitation to his cutting edge Op-Art and Plasma illusions, Jason Bishop features stunning & original state of the art magic. One thing that distinguishes Bishop is his virtuosity. Each show features award winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and close-up magic projected onto a huge movie screen. No other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents. Additionally, the show is delivered with a totally modern energy and an outstanding rock & pop soundtrack. “I am recommending you and your fabulous show to all of my colleagues.” Christine Brown, UMASS Lowell Center for the Arts – Lowell, MA The show is surprisingly funny and truly magical. Bishop cuts through the usual hype and focuses on entertaining audiences with one remarkable illusion after another. Each routine is presented in his unique style. Some pieces feature more laughs than are typically expected from an illusionist, while other effects literally demonstrate sleight of hand skill performed at a world-class level. “…a huge success! People were talking about this show for days and days after the performance! They immediately requested that Jason Bishop return…” Carolyn Brode, Gorton Performing Arts Center – Lake Forest, IL Jason engages the audience on and offstage. He touches them with a snow filled theatre and piques their imaginations when a borrowed dollar bill generously transforms into a one hundred dollar bill. Intelligent lighting, engaging audience participation and countless costume changes by his assistant Kim are added elements that help make each performance unforgettable. “Great show – and our Patrons loved it, young and old.” Lara Plocha, Imperial Theatre – Augusta, GA 2007 saw Illusionist Jason Bishop recognized by his peers when he was awarded magic’s prestigious “Jack Gwynne award for Excellence in Presentation”. The previous year college campuses voted him A.P.C.A.’s “Best Performing Artist of the Year”. As America’s Hottest Illusionist, Jason Bishop might have a person passing through his body one moment or make goldfish appear from nowhere the next. Bishop is an international award-winning illusionist who was the youngest person to win the Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States Stage Award and one of the youngest people to compete in the Society of American Magicians World-Class competition. 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 find an audience, including the street. As audiences enjoyed the show more and more he altered his magic to became larger and more impressive. The Jason Bishop Show now tours the most dynamic illusion and magic show in the US. The show currently features exclusive large illusions, award winning sleight of hand and “close-up” magic that is captured live and projected onto LCD screens for the audience to have a clear view of every detail. Bishop is currently the only illusionist in the U.S. to tour with the rare Double Levitation, Plasma illusion and Op-Art. His performance abilities have led him from New Mexico to Maine and Florida to New York, as well as every state in-between. Jason has entertained celebrities like Chris Penn and Bam Margera, who after seeing a performance said, “Jason Bishop is the best magician I’ve ever seen.” Bishop’s combination of modern costuming and music, fast paced illusions, sleight of hand and audience participation has landed him in several notable venues, including Norwegian Cruise lines, Caroline’s on Broadway and the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. More recently Jason been featured in various Performing Arts Centers and theaters throughout the United States. Kim Hess As Jason’s lead assistant Kim Hess is an indispensable part of the show.  From performing illusions with Jason to assisting audience members, to knowing the show cues inside and out Kim is a vital part of the show’s success.  Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Kim began studying the performing arts at a very young age.  At four years old she had an experience that absolutely changed her life.  At the suggestion of a family member Kim’s mother took her to a local baton twirling production unit.  Kim stayed with that group for more then nineteen years.  In that time she won well over one hundred awards, among them were first place trophies from the National/World Baton Conference held at Notre Dame University.  During those years Kim also studied dance and gymnastics and was a captain of her high school cheerleading squad.  With her fun and warm personality, her striking looks and considerable talent, Kim is an irreplaceable member of the team.

Assigned Categories: Novelty, Illusionists, Specialty

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