Internationally acclaimed illusionist Franz Harary continues to redefine the art of magic.
In the history of magic, Franz Harary stands alone as the first world-class magician to design and perform illusions entirely of his own creation. His technical achievements in magic know no equal and his international tours are unparalleled in the industry.
Harary’s own illusion show, Imagine Nation, is the largest touring illusion show in the world and continues to play to sell out crowds across Asia and the Far East.
Record Breaking Magic
Harary’s first trip to Peru broke all records and played to audiences topping 40,000 people. In India, his high-tech illusions amazed crowds of 30,000 at New Delhi’s Indira Ghandi Stadium. In Indonesia he set records, drawing crowds of 47,000. In Taipei, traffic shut down for eight city blocks as a crowd of 45,000 people gathered to witness one of Harary’s Mega Magic effects taking place above a busy intersection. Across Asia, in Hong Kong, Jakarta, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Thailand and Japan, Harary has set attendance records at sold out performances in stadiums and arenas.
Pop & Rock Concert Illusion Design
In addition to performing live, Harary continues to be a sought after creator of magical effects for rock and pop A-lister’s that have included Janet and Michael Jackson, Cher, Usher, *NSYNC, Madonna, Missy Elliott, Alice Cooper, and Shania Twain. These superstars have featured Harary’s cutting edge illusions in their concert shows, making his magic the most visible in the world. Add to that his live shows, international television appearances and illusion design for theme parks, Broadway productions and films, and Harary’s magic ranks as being seen by more people than all other magicians combined!
It all started for Harary many years ago when he sent a videotape of his illusions to Michael Jackson and it was his successful collaboration with The King of Pop that caused his career to skyrocket. His illusion initial designs so impressed the singer that Harary soon found himself designing all of the illusions for Jackson’s now famous Victory Tour. Since then, Harary’s credits read like a Who’s Who of the music industry, with clients of all musical genres.
Through his use of cutting edge technologies and innovative illusions, Harary single-handedly made magic a viable element for today’s concert productions. As he explains,
“A generation raised on MTV has come to expect that the amazing visual effects they see in music videos will be repeated live on stage. Today, when a band goes on tour, their show is literally competing with their own music videos. My magic allows them to recreate, live on stage, the same kind of stunning effects and illusions their fans have seen on TV.”
A partial list of Harary’s accomplishments in the past decade:
At Kennedy Space Center, for a live audience, Harary made NASA’s Space Shuttle disappear in front of startled onlookers! This Mega Illusion was the finale of NBC’s highest rated special of the year.
He’s made an MD-80 airliner magically appear from thin air numerous times on US network and international television.
On his first Japanese TV special, Harary made a 52-story skyscraper vanish from the center of Tokyo, a fete that holds the record for the largest illusion ever. He’s also made the Goodyear Blimp disappear as part of a 1-hour special for Japan’s No.1 television network.
In Hawaii, Harary moved the position of the Diamond Head Volcano 2 miles. At Pearl Harbor he caused the battle ship USS Missouri to become invisible.
In Las Vegas, Harary caused the Luxor Pyramid Hotel Casino to vanish.
In Moscow, Harary caused a Russian tank, surrounded by a cordon of military police, to disappear. This earns him the title, Illusionist Of The Year, at the International Magic Awards.
In India, Harary levitated the Taj Mahal on a TV Special viewed by 400 million.
In Abu Dhabi, he magically produced an A-330 jetliner in the desert as the closing of his middle-eastern TV special.
Live, in Rio de Janeiro Harary moved the “Cristo” (Rio’s famous 15 story statue) from the top of one mountain to another.
In his second TV special in India and China, Harary generated combined viewership of over 1.2 billion people, making Harary the most seen magician on the planet.
Harary teleported a Japanese superstar from Tokyo to Los Angeles, live on network television, in front of live audiences at both locations.
Working with NASA, Harary made an SR 71 Black Bird (the world’s fastest plane) vanish in a flash of light.
On his TV own series, Magic Planet, Harary magically produced a convoy of ten semi-trucks.
In Dalian, China, Harary produced, Polar Chaos, the largest fire effects stunt show of its kind, which set records for flame size and overall explosive fire power.
In Cairo, Egypt, Harary caused the Sphinx to become invisible, and in doing so he was presented with The International Magician’s Society’s highest honor.
FRANZ HARARY • Designer of the Impossible
As a designer and innovator, Harary is in demand for corporate presentations and theme parks around the world. In fact, his illusions can be seen in many top amusement parks, including Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Walt Disney World and Euro-Disney.
Corporations regularly call on Harary to add his remarkable magic to their message for presentations both public and private. Honda, Nissan and AT&T are just a few of the many industrial clients for which Harary has created one-of-a-kind illusions. Recently via satellite, Harary instantly teleported Chevrolet’s new Corvette and it’s CEO driver from the Detroit Auto Show to Los Angeles. A record breaking audience from the international press witnessed this magical teleportation live from both locations.
Harary On Television
Franz Harary has been featured on hundreds of television programs worldwide. He currently hosts the internationally syndicated, Masters of Illusion. This one hour weekly series also showcases some of Harary’s unique cutting edge magic. More importantly, Harary has also starred in 27 of his own television specials worldwide. His one and two hour TV specials in Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia and India have made him one of the most visible U.S. variety artists in the eastern hemisphere.
A Personal Vision
Harary says, “I believe magic, by definition, is anything perceived to be outside the laws of science. As science progresses, so too must magic evolve, remaining a few steps ahead, surfing the wave of technology. Scientific discovery relies on mankind’s ability to dream. Magic rekindles that childlike ability. Magic and science are linked together in a perpetual dance, and I believe it is magic that must lead as each one propels the other forward at the speed of wonder.”
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