About Brad Ross
International Star Illusionist
Dubbed as an “illusionist extraordinaire” by ABC Television, Brad Ross is best known for starring as the master illusionist in the world tour of Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show, a live stage show featuring Mickey Mouse and a host of your favorite World Famous Disney Characters.
For 6 consecutive years, with performances on 5 continents, in 25 countries and 16 languages Ross’ time on Disney Live has allowed him to connect with audiences from all backgrounds and all corners of the globe.
Brad Ross has been hailed as a world class, modern-day showman with “boy-next-door” charm. He has been dazzling audiences of all ages for over 2 decades and has literally entertained millions of people world wide. With a style & personality all his own, he is guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of young and old alike. One of the most sought after magical entertainers on the market today, Brad Ross is HIGH ENERGY, NONSTOP, MAGICAL FUN! Often compared — but equal to none, Brad Ross is truly Magic’s Hottest Star!
At a young age, Brad became intrigued by the art of magic. What started out as a hobby soon developed into something far greater — Brad realized that magic enhanced his sense of confidence and self-assurance. It opened up to him a world where anything could happen. “As I got older, I started realizing the gift that magic had given me was the same gift I wanted to give audiences when I performed. Every day on stage, I hope I bring the audience into this magical world of possibility,” he says.
When he was six years old, Brad took a magic class at the Jewish Community Center in his hometown of Scotch Plains, New Jersey. Seven years of practice later, the young magician dubbed himself “Mr. Magic” and placed an ad in the local newspaper. This led to performances at children’s birthday parties and local town events, supplemented by charity shows for the young and old alike.
Brad’s goal from the very beginning has been to truly entertain and transport. He wants to take the audience on a journey of wonder and curiosity, a journey into their own imagination. “If audience members allow themselves to become submerged in the magic, in the story, in the illusion of the show, then they will discover that the magic isn’t just on stage, but the magic is inside of them,” Brad says. “You never know what kids will say or do on stage – that’s why I LOVE my job!“ – Brad Ross
This guiding philosophy helped Brad develop as an inspiring and entertaining illusionist. All of his hard work and dedication paid off when he headlined at Six Flags Great Adventure in “World of Magic,” [over 1,200 performances] a high-energy show that involved large scale illusions on stage and plenty of comedy and audience interaction.
Brad points out that audience interaction is an element of magic off which he thrives, and that he values in his work. “As an illusionist, I can interact directly with the audience and bring audience members on stage,” Brad says. “When you can invite moms, dads and kids to come on stage and assist, it engages them in the show and gives them an unforgettable experience in magic.”
“As an illusionist, I can interact directly with the audience and bring audience members on stage,” Brad says. “When you can invite moms, dads and kids to come on stage and assist, it engages them in the show and gives them an unforgettable experience in magic.”
…mind-bending…world class illusions.”
Featured on TV’s The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Brad Ross wowed the talk show queen. Over 500 national & international TV Appearances to date including FOX TV’s Good Day New York, Decco Drive, NBC-TV, CBS, ABC, UPN, The WB Network, Disney Channel, Telemundo, Tetsuko’s Room, Disney Channel Mexico, Disney Channel Japan, and others.
Ross is the recipient of the prestigious Merlin Award presented by the world’s largest organization for magicians, The International Magician’s Society. In recognition of his work entertaining children and families all over the globe, Ross was named “Best International Family Entertainer.” The Merlin Award, known as the Oscar equivalent for the magic industry, is the highest honor bestowed by the magic community and is based on talent, showmanship, originality, skills and the ability to entertain under any conditions. Previous recipients include David Copperfield; Siegfried & Roy; Criss Angel; and Kenneth Feld, producer of the Disney Live! shows and the most successful live illusion show of all time, Siegfried & Roy®.
“I am proud to honor and recognize Brad Ross for his extraordinary contributions to the magic community,” comments Tony Hassini, World President of The International Magician’s Society. “His interactive, engaging style and amazing feats of magic have won him the respect and admiration of his peers and families all over the world.” Disney Live! producer and Feld Entertainment Executive Vice President Alana Feld states, “Brad epitomizes the essence of all Feld Entertainment productions: quality, live family entertainment that inspires and engages the audience. This honor is a tribute to the passion and dedication he continuously exhibits, and I’m thrilled that he now joins the ranks of the world’s greatest magicians.”
“I am extremely honored to receive the prestigious Merlin Award and am grateful for all the teachers, mentors, friends and family who have encouraged me through the years and given me the tools that I needed to help live my dream,” Ross says.
A current member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians, The Society of American Magicians, The International Magician’s Society & KIDabra International, Brad Ross is also the founder of Get Well Magic, a charity program, which brings magic into hospitals as a form of rehabilitation for patients. Brad gets an enormous amount of enjoyment from his charity work. Each year dozens of groups come to Brad Ross to headline their fundraisers and benefits. Working with AIDS Foundation, American Cancer Society, Juvenile Diabetes, Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as many hospitals, Brad’s magic has touched a countless number of lives, even those outside of the theaters and arenas he plays.
Continuing to make his dreams come true, Brad tours world-wide and always looks forward to meeting and sharing his passion with people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe.
To fellow magicians, Brad is a secret weapon. He is a well known author, speaker and cutting edge marketing guru to magicians & entertainers all over the world. Through his motivational marketing home study courses, virtual and LIVE seminars as well as private mentoring/ coaching program, Brad is helping fellow entrepreneurs live their dreams, through his techniques and direction. He is author of more than 100 books, audio, internet webinar and DVD based training programs including “The IT Factor: Secrets to Skyrocketing Your Career!” He is also the producer of It Factor LIVE an annual intensive marketing workshop for exclusively for professional magicians who are hand selected by Ross. Visit www.MakeMagicMoney.com - www.ItFactorLIVE.com and www.BradCoachMe.com for more information about Brad’s business building direction.
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As a matter of fact, HE DOES! Brad Ross, is an accomplished motivational speaker. His key-notes are inspirational & motivational as he shares his own personal story of being the boy next door with dreams of magic and how he worked his way up the ladder of success; from kids birthdays parties to the largest stages around the world. Complete with attendee/ guest support materials, and goal setting/ dream living tools, your attendees are guaranteed an emotional rollercoaster and a magical key-note like they’ve never experienced before! Contact us today to learn more about Brad Ross for your speaking engagement, simply CLICK HERE
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My parents hired a magician to perform at my 5th Birthday Party, named Sandorse The Magician & His Magical Animals. I was immediately hooked when I got to wear a top hat & cape, wave the magic wand a magic a real live bunny rabbit appear.
I have to say, growing up as a HUGE Disney fanatic, it was literally a dream come true! Fans would come up to me after my shows, and say, “You’re SO Disney…you should go work for them.” Little did I know that my future held a spot, touring the globe with the world’s most famous mouse!
I have really enjoyed traveling to so many different parts of the world and experiencing people from all walks of life. But I’d have to say my favorite place was Japan. I had no idea how beautiful that country really is until I got to spend 2 months living and performing there. The people were so welcoming and warm. I cannot wait to go back again!
I think each step of my career has a special place in my memory & heart. I’ve always believed in “not settling.” Whenever you have achieved a certain level of success, if you stop there, you stop growing. Instead, each time I see a goal come to fruition or a dream come true, I reach to a higher star and shoot for that next dream.
The first booking of my illusion show at Six Flags in 2003 was like a dream come true – 10 years prior to that I had been sitting in a theater in Las Vegas watching legends of magic like Lance Burton and Siegfried& Roy. Then there I was, a decade later, performing those same illusions. In 2005 when I booked the world tour of Disney LIVE presents Mickey’s Magic Show, I became the first magician in history to be selected to perform alongside Mickey Mouse, not as an assistant, but recognized as a talent good enough to share the stage with THE ICON of the Walt Disney Company. Words cannot describe the feeling I had when I got that call… that was a pretty good day ;-)
Another moment I am so proud of is being recognized by The International Magician’s Society as “Best International Family Entertainer” and presented with the prestigious Merlin Award (Magic’s equivalent of the Oscar). It was definitely another “pinch myself” moment that I’ll always hold near & dear!
Gosh, there are so many… First I’d have to say, David Copperfield…A Jewish Kid from Jersey who Became the Greatest Illusionist of All Time and gave me hope that another Jewish kid from Jersey could achieve success in the world of magic! Of course, Walt Disney…A Man Who Wouldn’t Give Up and Follow His Dreams to Completion! Doug Henning…who set the stage that allowed magic to become what it has become today. Jerry Seinfeld…A genius of comedy, an incredible entertainer and a smart businessman. Larry David… Hilarious writer & comedian who can make even the simplest situation LOL FUNNY! My Grandpa… a man who passed away when I was only 7. He always dreamed of becoming an entertainer but poor health and a hard life got in the way. Anytime the going gets tough, I remember his dreams of a career in bright lights, and somehow find a way to forge ahead and never give up! The Audience… I think the thing that pushes me furthest is always keeping the audience at the top of my mind. Coming up with new magic and ideas that will take the audience away from their every day life and transport them to a magical world where anything is possible.
I typically perform anywhere from 500 shows a year. If working a jam-packed theme park schedule in the summer, I’ve been known to perform as many as 5 shows a day, 6 days a week for 3 months! But to me, it’s not work…it’s the fulfillment of a dream.
It varies depending on what our schedule is. When opening a brand new show that has all new illusions, sets and cast, we rehearse anywhere from 3-5 weeks. If we’re starting out for a new season, with returning cast, using illusions that have already been tested in front of audiences, but with a few new additions, it might just be 2 weeks of rehearsals. But overall, we have so many elements coming together into one illusion show, that we need to account for anything and everything that can happen while on the road performing, including back up plans and “what if” scenarios.
Making the audience disappear. Not literally, but in their own minds. You see, when you go to see a show as an audience member, I want you to forget about your every day life, the bills you have to pay, the big test at school and even the tweets and facebook status updates you need to make. Instead I want you to get lost in a world where anything can happen, where the impossible, IS POSSIBLE, where the improbable, IS PROBABLE and where dreams CAN and DO come true. And as long as I’m doing my job, YOU are guaranteed to disappear and that is the greatest magic trick of all. An don’t worry, after the show, when that curtain closes, you’ll instantly be transported back to the real world, but I hope a little happier & more magical!
OOOOH YES! LOL! I may be an illusionist, but Im still human, and as Murphy’s Law says, “When something can go wrong it probably will.”
Having worked theme parks for so many years as well as toured to so many different places, I’ve pretty much encountered everything that can go wrong at some point. It’s the nature of LIVE THEATER. From total power failure, having to stall and perform magic with only a flashlight on stage at the Grand Theater in Shenzhen, China, to a cast member falling right off the front of the stage at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina, and having to keep the audience entertained and distracted while the situation was stabilized…yup, things can go wrong. BUT, the key in those situations is to remember that the show must go on and resort back to my past experiences and keep the show moving forward. It’s funny, in most cases, the audience never knew something was wrong, because we kept cool and kept making magic ;-)
You work with volunteers and a lot of kids on stage, what is the funniest thing a kid ever said to you on stage?
Funny you should ask…While on tour one season, I was performing at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, in Tampa Florida… a huge, beautiful theater which was totally sold to 2600 people. I had 4 year old little girl on stage, to be my “audience Inspector” and verify for the audience that my Metamorphosis Trunk was, in fact, real and there was nothing tricky about it. Kneeling down next to her, I asked her what her name was, she whispered something, I could quite make out, so I moved a little close to hear and closer so her voice could be picked up on my microphone. When I asked her again, what’s your name, she replied in a very loud and clear voice, “I MADE A POOPY IN THE POTTY!” The entire audience lost it and burst into laughter. I cracked up and couldn’t even get my next line out. HILARIOUS!
Some illusions I think up from inspirations I get while watching a movie or listening to a piece of music. Other illusions I work on with other magicians and magic consultants. I’m a huge believer in the concept of Napoleon Hill’s “Mastermind.” Collaborating with other like minded people causes an amazing synergy and can only create more superiors results, so I love working with other talented people in our industry.
Are audiences harder to impress in a modern world where technology is so rapidly changing and growing?
I’d have to say no, because the way I see it, no matter how many cool new gadgets there are, no matter how fast we can communicate with someone over the internet or via satellite, at the very heart of us is still a human being; a human being who is made up of the same DNA that our parents, grandparents & great grandparents had generations before us. And the cool thing is that built into our DNA is wonder. That’s where magic comes into play. In the same way that music pleases the ear, and a good meal pleases the pallet, magic challenges the mind and feeds our natural born wonder & curiosity. People often thing the magic is about the secret, when in reality its about the experience and the feeling YOU get when your mind is challenged into thinking… is she REALLY FLOATING IN THE AIR? Or did he REALLY SAW HER IN HALF? So no matter how advanced we get with our technology, the one thing that will never change is the feeling an audience gets while sitting in a theater watching LIVE magic.
I love working out. I grew up a skinny kid, and then in my 20’s discovered fitness & bodybuilding. I love going to the gym and pushing myself to new limits and then seeing how I can transform my body. I am also a big fan of 80’s & 90’s TV shows like Three’s Company, The Golden Girls, Diff’rent Strokes, Full House, & Seinfeld!
Of course…anything is possible! But Only for a few minutes, then they have to reappear… It’s The Magic LAW! ;-)
A scene of Brad Ross' Cutting Edge Style of Modern Magic & Illusions.
A video montage of Brad Ross receiving the prestigious Merlin Award.
Brad performing on the national italian TV show Zecchino D’oro, The Fastest Escape in the World.