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Bio and History
Spencer Horsman was born in the entertainment business. Both of his parents, Ken & Mary Horsman, were both former Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns as well as Ronald McDonald for 20 years. Spencer was introduced to magic when he was 4 years old when his father opened his magic shop.
While performing with dad, Spencer started learning ventriloquism at age 8 and at that point started traveling & performing nationwide. A child prodigy at 15, Spencer had already made feature appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jerry Springer Show, Talk Soup, The Statler Brothers Show as well as performing with David Copperfield & Lance Burton in Las Vegas.
Now at 27, Spencer continues to entertain audiences all over the world with his extremely witty and engaging stage show including a tour of Japan. He has performed for high profile stars including Ray Lewis, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Dan Aykroyd, Neal Patrick Harris, Jason Alexander, Chazz Palminteri, Kenny Ortega & Steve Forbes.
Ken Horsman At the age of 18 he traveled with Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Baily Circus for 5 years where he performed as a professional clown. During his last two years he served as the “Boss Clown” of the Clown Alley. On the show he also served as the “Advance Clown”, traveling ahead of the show handling public relations serving as the “Good Will Ambassador” to Ringling, he promoted the show town to town on radio, TV,
Upon leaving the Circus in '81, he was hired by McDonalds to replace Willard Scott as Ronald McDonald. For over 20 years he represented the McDonalds corporation for over 500 restaurants across the Washington D.C, Virginia & West Virginia region as one of the worlds most recognized cultural icons. He is an expert in marketing and public relations having worked on multiple occasions along side presidents & movie stars. Upon working for McDonalds, at the age of 24, Ken purchased property in South Baltimore/ Federal Hill. He opened up his first magic shop on the 1300 block of Light Street, known as Ken-Zo’s.
With the business growing, he then purchased 1025 South Charles Street and moved the store over to that location where Illusions has currently been operating for 3 years. The magic shop, Ken-Zo's, was one of the largest magic shops in the country.
Other Featured Performers
Throughout his entire life, Alain Nu, The Man Who Knows, has been looking at life with an unusual perspective and doing amazing things. Starting at a very early age, with interests in uncanny phenomena, hypnosis, eastern mysticism and illusions, Alain realized for himself a fantastic world of possibilities and interesting explorations.
Always trying to understand the line between what is real and what is not, what is possible and what is impossible, Alain Nu now challenges you to explore how we are all strangely connected through a mysterious energy which he then demonstrates with amazing accuracy! His audiences all share a common sense of awe, exclaiming: "I don't know how to explain that;" "No way, no way;" and "I don't believe in magic. But, I saw it happen. And, I believe what I saw."
Headlining at casinos and theaters all over the world, and as a regular at Caesars Palace Las Vegas for four years, The Man Who Knows is at the top of his performance game. Alain Nu is "the modest explorer, the gracious and kind tour guide leading the audience into investigations and ultimately mysterious realms," says Donn Murphy, Ph.D., Executive Director of The National Theatre. "It works beautifully... with electric energy, enormous imagination and warm appeal."
Between January and May of 2014, Alain was the premier guest-headlining mindreader to perform in the specially designed, Illusionarium Theater, which showcases the world’s most amazing talent on-board Norwegian’s Getaway cruise ship, from Germany to Rotterdam to Southhampton, then to Superbowl XXLVIII in New York, and then finally to the Caribbean, where it docked between Miami, St Maarten, St Thomas, and the Bahamas.
In his four-part television series, "The Mysterious World of Alain Nu," he is seen dazzling the minds of on-the-street audiences all over America with a powerful and creative collection of stunts and feats that defies mental perception. In his book, Picture Your ESP! - Reveal Your Hidden Powers with The Nu ESP Test, which was ranked #1 in Hot New Releases in ESP on Amazon.com, Alain Nu shows us how we all potentially have a surprisingly accurate intuition of our own that seems to defy rational understanding. When he headlines annually at The International Spy Museum with his program, "The ESP in Espionage," Nu talks about many of the unusual findings made by US Agency-funded experiments while baffling us with a few of his own! Alain has entertained at THREE Presidential Inaugural Balls, for numerous top politicos of Capitol Hill, has publicly predicted The Oscars and Golden Globe Awards with startling accuracy.
The Man Who Knows will soon be revealing much of what he knows in his upcoming book, "State Of Mind- Learn to Amaze Your Friends with the Mysteries of Consciousness that Can Shape Your Future." Available on Amazon by summer, 2015.
How does he do it? While Nu is reluctant to reveal his especially sensitive powers, he acknowledges that his uncanny effects incorporate elements of probability, psychology, suggestion, professional techniques and good timing. First, and most importantly, he considers himself an entertainer. So, just what is it that he knows? "I know that each of us has a super hidden potential that is real," he says. But is it possible for us to develop these super powers? "I think that answer lies in our ability to dream," says Alain Nu.
Shreeyash Palshikar is a world-class mystery worker who has performed on three continents. He was born in India thirteen days after Halloween into a family of priests, prophets and magicians: his great great grandfather was a Mormon prophet, his grandfather a Hindu priest, and his uncle was a magician. So it seemed only natural that he should study the magical arts from an early age.
He first performed on stage in grade school, and has continued to travel the world entertaining people ever since. Combining the best of Eastern and Western magic, Shreeyash creates an exotic fusion magical style that enchants all who see it. In Europe, Asia, and all across the US, princesses, professors, mayors and college presidents enjoy his fun, sophisticated magical performances. The Times of India raved he is “not your everyday abracadabara man!” while the Chicago Weekly News promised that his show is “sure to charm audiences as well as snakes…” while Las Vegas magicians Penn & Teller say he is “like a demon straight from hell!” To experience the wonder for yourself, let him take a peek into your mind today…
Mark Phillips - Reared in a military household, Mark Phillips developed an early passion for order, discipline, and psychological warfare on his sisters. Though not a music major, Mark tricked a university into giving him a French Horn scholarship. While in College, he earned additional money by performing regularly at the Phoenix Playboy Club; this convinced him show business might not be such a bad option. Since then, Phillips has amazed audiences throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He frequently represents corporations at trade shows where his "live commercials" attract attention, deliver a memorable message and generate sales leads by the hundreds.
Mark is a winner of the National Theater’s "Star of Magic Award;" his appearance at the Kennedy Center prompted the Washington Post to write, "Mark Phillips has skill to burn." Mark speaks German and avidly plays the Vienna Horn, an instrument exclusively played in Viennese orchestras and is so uncommon, he feels compelled to mention it in every bio.
Brian Curry, performed his first trick 20 years ago. He cut his father's tie in half and put it back together, and it almost worked! He was hooked. At the age of 18 he took first place at the World Magic Summit competition. You’re probably wondering what winning an international competition means to a magical career. The answer is ’nothing’. But it gave him the boost to start a career in magic.
"Brian is as sharp as the tack he put on your seat!" Brian has become a force in the magic world. His original work has been published in trade journals and he’s been a featured performer in newspapers and TV shows across America. With thousands of shows under his belt, Brian has emerged as one of the hottest magicians to emerge from Washington DC.