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General Public – “David Reed-Brown is a magician who gives people hope and wonder though the art of magic.”

Sacred Communities – “David Reed-Brown is an interfaith chaplain who gives people hope and wonder through the art of magic.”

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David Reed-Brown is a professional speaker and entertainer who gives people hope through the art of magic. He has been ordained clergy for twenty years and am is an interfaith chaplain. He tells wonder-filled stories from life that enlighten, teach and celebrate what it means to be human; overcome challenges; be our truest selves; challenge assumptions, and nurture gratitude, diverse friendships and acts of compassion.

David does this for completely secular and sacred audiences of 5 to 2,500 people. In addition to speaking with magic for youth, college students and adults, he performs a stand-up cabaret show and does strolling magic in people’s hands. He offers a classic magic show that is uplifting and interactive. In his performance members of the audience work wonders. A woman floats herself in mid-air. A four-year-old does sleight of hand. A grandmother with memory issues reads his mind, and from his hands he fills the stage with a rainbow of butterflies. David works hard to respect people’s different beliefs. In public, he uses common language that includes everyone.

 

REVIEWS
“David Reed-Brown is more than just a magician. Yes his magic is expert and entertaining and awe-inspiring, but the real magic is the spiritual way in which he presents it. You leave his performances knowing that life itself is magical and filled with endless possibilities.”
– David Friedman, DISNEY

“I recommend his uncanny presentation… slick… well-deserved raves… a clever Renaissance Man.”

– Robert Cumming, Founder-Director of The Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society

“David’s real magic is not the amazing illusions he creates on stage, but the looks of wonder and joy he brings to faces of all ages in the audience.”

– Bill Pere, GRAMMY WINNER, Local United Network to Combat Hunger

“David Reed-Brown’s magic is very fine. However, he is not a magician who tacked a message onto his show. He is not a speaker who learned a little magic. David brings a lifetime of experience in working with people as a pastor, plus a lifelong passion for magic as a performing art together into a unique presentation that engages, informs, and persuades audiences with a message customized to your needs.”

– The Rev. Robert Fellows, Pastor, Speaker & Magician

“I was on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson showing him my magical wonders…I spend a lot of time with magicians. I see a lot of magic. That was very professional. Well done!“

– Magician David Scot

“Absolutely wonderful!”

– Chief G’tine’mong, The Mohegan Tribe

“David Reed-Brown is an amazing magician who enthralls persons of all ages, from children to adults. Beyond his outstanding magic, David’s presentations convey life-affirming signals. Church groups and other public service organizations widely welcome him, but so do corporate organizations. You can do no better than secure David for you next major function. I have and I have never been disappointed.”

– Dr. Benjamin Griffin, President Emeritus, Andover Newton Theological School

David is amazing, baffling, charming and a joy to work with!”

– The Griswold Inn, Essex, CT

“David is a class act all the way.”

– Mayor Lloyd Beachy, City of New London, CT

“You’re very likeable. You look good. And you’ve got skill. What more could you want?”

– Channing Pollock, Master Magician & Mentor

“The show was incredible with a STANDING OVATION from the entire showroom! People are still raving! Your performance at the Mystic Marriott for all the town clerks in the state was spectacular! Your warmth and inspiration made us feel very grateful for the work we do. Thanks again!”

– The Connecticut Town Clerk’s Association

“I have had the pleasure of working with David Reed-Brown on a number of occasions .. most recently as a guest performer for our middle school’s Positive Behavior Support (PBiS) celebration …that would reinforce our school motto of “Respect Self, Others, and the Environment.” David effectively weaved the theme throughout his performance of “Living a Magical Life” in a manner which was easily heard and understood by our students. I have a deep respect for David’s ability to combine his gift as an illusionist with his gift as a story teller. He is able to connect the listeners to his words and actions, and when be invites someone to participate on stage with him; both the participant and the audience are pulled into a magical moment. He has impeccable timing and an ability to respond appropriately to unexpected situations, and I would highly recommend David as a skilled and professional speaker/performer for both youth and adults.

– Valerie Crane, Special Educator, East Lyme Public Schools, CT

“David came and performed a set for a group of Fifth and Sixth graders at Silver Lake Conference Center, the United Church of Christ’s outdoor ministry overnight camp. He artfully wove together his magic, and his theology in an inclusive performance that, as one kid said, “keeps BLOWING my MIND!!” The youth were absolutely enraptured, and the adult chaperones were equally as impressed. His performance made the Harry Potter themed week absolutely wonderful, and several of the youth mentioned “the magician” as a highlight of their experience. David’s interchange with the audience and enthusiasm and care for his work were absolutely magical. I highly recommend his production for any group!”

– The Rev. Chris Davies, Camp Dean, Windsor, CT

“David suspended my daughter in air, leaving the audience gasping…”

– Matt McCaffrey, Bethany, CT

“Thank you for your amazing performance at our Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. I continue to hear raves from everyone who attended. Your magic of metaphysics and spirituality was the perfect combination for our group. It was a pleasure to do business with you and I look forward to enjoying your talents in the future.”

– Lee Canapetti, Unity Fellowship of Fairfield

“David delivered precisely what he offered and more – a full evening stand-up show of incredible & meaningful illusions flown across the country! ”

– The Rev. Michael Crane

“I want to say ‘Wow.’ You were a terrific success in the Music and Magic of Caring and Sharing. Your illusions were a big hit with the children and the adults.”

– Mae Stiles, Care and Share, Niantic, CT

“People were truly amazed at the sophistication… David artfully weaves audience participation… He has a warm and pleasing persona which captivates viewers and draws them right in. The performance was days ago, but the magic lingers on.”

– The Rev. Maggie Lewis, M&M Benefit Board, New York City

“David presents baffling illusions with warmth, humor & style.”

– The Rev. Eric Anderson, Connecticut Conference UCC Staff

“David will be a repeat for us!!!”

– The Old Saybrook Estuary Council

BIO

Once upon a time . . . a seven-year old David Reed-Brown discovered a secret magic set in an aged wooden jewelry box, high atop a dusty old piano. The kit had been passed down through the family by his grandfather. Inside it, he found small wooden magical wonders. Joy filled him immediately, and he has been studying the art of theatrical magic ever since. Growing up, David did shows for family, friends, school and community. As an adult, he began living his dream as a part-time professional magician in 1997. Today, as an ordained minister, he specializes in conveying meaningful messages through magical speaking engagements, strolling magic and classic magic shows for all audiences. His latest talk, “Living A Magical Life” is especially designed for youth. His one man full-evening show Illusion, Wonder & You, joyfully involves his audiences. He enables some to become magicians as well! David performs both his show and close-up walk-a-round magic for businesses and private functions throughout the United States. He also listens carefully to create a unique presentation according to your needs.

David studies at the The Magic & Mystery School in Las Vegas with master magicians Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger. His writing made recent history by appearing in McBride’s “The Show Doctor,” the first magic book ever published in print and on electronic tablet. (June 2012) (Available in Print and on the iPad) He regularly publishes The Magic Tech Road column in McBride’s Secret Art journal. The articles discuss expert advice for producing a one or two-person stand-up, cabaret or stage show. He also writes articles about giving and how to lovingly manage an audience. In Las Vegas, David has performed at Jeff McBride’s famous Wonderground, at the Magic & Meaning Conference and the beautiful Mount Charleston Hotel & Lodge.  Moving beyond his work as a sought-after speaker, writer and performer, David serves as Magic consultant for Denny Moon’s musical “Abracadabra.” He also assisted McBride in the magical direction of Lawrence and Priscilla Khong’s theatrical illusion show, “The Magic of Love” for its North American Debut. He is proud to have taught with and raised funds for people in need with 2011 Grammy Award winning Songwriter and Humanitarian Bill Pere.  David has also been a regular performer at the historic Griswold Inn in Essex, Connecticut.

In addition to his magic, David is an ordained member of the clergy. He ministers with a practical balance of head and heart and works hard to model loving harmony with other religions. In his magical work, his goal is to respect the many different spiritual traditions in the world and model how we can all love one another. David earned a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University in Computer Science and Vocal Music and a Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston. During seminary, he wanted to understand how the rest of the world lives, so he studied at the United Theological College in Bangalore, India. David and his wife, Cindy, have enjoyed leading summer camps for Junior High and Senior High youth. They have two delightful sons who bring them the greatest joy of all.

NEWS STORY – The Shoreline Times, Old Saybrook, Connecticut By Steven Scarpa Staff Writer

Do you believe in magic? Rev. Reed-Brown does, 

ESSEX, CT -“Did you know you have magic in you?”

With these simple words, the Rev. David Reed-Brown can begin to evoke wonder. Reed-Brown, of the First Baptist Church in Essex, is an accomplished illusionist who will perform at a benefit. for “My Brother’s Keeper,” a home for HIV positive men in New Haven. The benefit will take place at the Ivoryton Congregational Church Friday, May 14.

“A good magician will say, ‘I am a magician and so are you’,” Reed-Brown said quoting one of his mentor’s, the award-winning stage illusionist, Jeff McBride.

Reed-Brown, 31, has been performing magic since he was 8 years old. “My grandfather did parlor tricks for company and he passed it on to my father and brother,” he said. Reed-Brown tells the story of how, at age 4, his brother would tease him by making pennies appear out of thin air in front of his face. “It drove me up a wall,” Reed-Brown laughed. So, young David hunted through his brother’s room while he was away at camp and found the magic set that his brother owned. By the time his brother returned home, Reed-Brown began mastering his own tricks.

Although his performing looks effortless, nothing is further from the truth. Reed-Brown continues the process of improving his skills by rehearsing about 10 hours a week and attending a magic school under some of the foremost illusionists in the country, including Jeff McBride and six-time close-up magician of the year, Eugene Burger.

“Even though it looks smooth, every last detail I scrutinize,” Reed-Brown said.

Reed-Brown equates his illusion act with a profound belief in the spiritual. “Magic is about ‘wow,’ amazement, mystery, and wonder. That is also what my ministry is about. The focus is that God is there and on all of God’s mystery and wonder,” Reed-Brown said.

Reed-Brown believes that both magic and religion provide similar outlets for human beings to examine the world. “It is sparking a sense of wonder and awe in something else,” he said.

A trick Reed-Brown does in this vein is to ask a person to write their name across a playing card and place it into the middle of a deck. As this is done, he asks whether or not the person had ever been lost as a young child. After receiving an affirmative answer Reed-Brown speaks about how scary it can be to be lost and how you begin to fear that you might never be found again. As this happens he shuffles the cards and his reflection shifts to how similar that feeling is to being without God. By the time he is done speaking about the joy of being found by God, the card appears in a tiny box that has rested on the table the whole time. “The magical effect becomes a metaphor,” Reed-Brown said.

Of course, as Reed-Brown is quick to point out, religious content in his shows is used only in the appropriate setting. But as he says, there is always “some mystery and goodness and hope.”

“It is a lot of fun and extremely interactive,” Reed-Brown said.

Interactive can also describe Reed-Brown’s intense relationship with the community and his parish. He has been at the First Baptist Church in Essex, Connecticut, since 1994, and he is chair of the Shoreline Soup Kitchen Board of Trustees. This summer he will also be taking young people to Vermont to help rebuild low-income housing.

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