Andi Gladwin (May 10, 1983) is a British professional close-up magician, lecturer, publisher and performer. He has appeared on television numerous times (ITV's Next Great Magician, The Big Breakfast, Lance Burton's Young Magician Showcase and more), has lectured for magicians throughout the UK, US and Europe and written / published books on magic. Gladwin is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle and was granted the Maskelyne Literary Award from the prestigious club.
Gladwin was born and raised in Newent, Gloucestershire where he currently resides. When he was 10, he saw a number of stage illusionists while on holiday. His interest in magic blossomed and he began to perform regularly from age 15. After working in IT for almost ten years, he became a professional close-up magician in January 2010.
Gladwin's TV engagements include performances on BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 (The Big Breakfast) and The Young Magician's Showcase; a television special where he was picked by Las Vegas illusionist Lance Burton as one of the best young magicians in the world. He was the only non-American magician invited to perform on the show.
In both 2004 and 2010, the industry magazine MAGIC Magazine dedicated their entire trick column - Talk About Tricks - to Gladwin's magic. In December 2010, the same magazine had a large profile on and interview with Gladwin.
Since 2006, Gladwin has organized a conference for magicians called The Session. In 2012 he also started organizing Magi-Fest, one of America's oldest magic conventions.
Gladwin was featured in Joshua Jay's Magic, The Complete Course.
In 2009, Gladwin started a new publishing venture with well-known magician Joshua Jay called Vanishing Inc. Magic. That company has blossomed into one of the largest magic retailers in the world.
In 2010, Gladwin released his work on the Double Lift and Second Deal called The Master Pushoff. This two DVD set received rave reviews, such as "I sincerely hope it will serve as a model for other magicians who turn to DVD as a teaching medium; it's miles ahead of the pack in many important ways." — Gordon Meyer and "Acquiring this skill will take work and practice, but the result is worth it. It will open up a new world of possibilities, and the DVD set is highly recommended. " —Matthew Field, The Magic Circular Magazine
Between 2014 - 2016, Gladwin became the "Magicana" columnist in Genii Magazine.
Perhaps Andi's most well known trick is to perform a magic trick from inside of a large red balloon, apparently only using his head. In 2016 Andi was a featured performer on ITV1's The Next Great Magician where this trick was featured.In September 2012, Gladwin won the J.N. Maskelyne Literary Award; an award given by The Magic Circle for his contributions to magic literature.
While Andi has published many books through his Vanishing Inc. Magic brand, he has authored the following:Jack Parker's 52 Memories (2008)
Movers & Shakers (with Tyler Wilson) (2007)
The Magician's Ltd Cookbook (2007)
The Definitive Sankey (Volumes 1 - 3, with Joshua Jay, 2013)
Blomberg Laboratories (2015)
52 Memories (retrospective edition, 2016)