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Illusionist

David
Kwong

With his expertise in enigmas and illusions, David Kwong delights and challenges audiences around the world with his intellectual brand of magic. A veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor), Kwong routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Kwong was the head magic consultant on the 2013 worldwide hit film Now You See Me. Other projects Kwong has worked on include The Imitation Game, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Project Power, and NBC’s Blindspot (with Dave Shukan). A TED Talk favorite, Kwong regularly speaks to companies, demonstrating the principles of illusion and the science of why your brain is fooled. Kwong’s book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success was published by Harper Business. In 2019, The Enigmatist, ran for 125 sold-out performances in New York City. During the pandemic, Kwong and the Geffen Stayhouse teamed up for Inside the Box, a virtual one-man puzzle show that garnered a Critic’s Pick from the New York Times. Kwong is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied the history of magic.

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David Kwong in the Geffen Playhouse 2021/2022 Season production of The Enigmatist. Photography by Yann Rabanier.

The Enigmatist Press Photos

David Kwong in the Geffen Playhouse 2021/2022 Season production of The Enigmatist. Photography by Yann Rabanier.

David Kwong in the Geffen Playhouse 2021/2022 Season production of The Enigmatist. Photography by Yann Rabanier.

The Enigmatist Press Photos

David Kwong in the Geffen Playhouse 2021/2022 Season production of The Enigmatist. Photography by Yann Rabanier.