Danny Orleans (born October 21, 1954) is an American magician, one of the top trade-show performers, corporate entertainers, and magical educators in the country.
As a corporate and trade-show performer, he has presented hundreds of magic shows for business settings over the past 20 years. He travels over 75,000 miles annually, performing at trade shows that have included the TDWI World Conference, Networld+Interop and the Embedded Systems Conference. His list of clients includes Hewlett-Packard, American Express, Aon Corporation, ExxonMobil, and Western Union.
Orleans' path as a magician educator began when he earned his degree in Education from Northwestern University. Orleans went on to teach both Algebra and preschool at Chicago area public and private schools. From 1980 to 2000 he toured North America performing magic in thousands of schools, theaters and children's museums (including the Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida).
Orleans has written, appeared in, or contributed to numerous instructional texts on magic, including a series of ten books and magic sets with DVDs for New York publisher, Scholastic Corporation. In 2010, Chronicle Books published an interactive magic book he created called Magic Scratchers. It is the first magic book using scratch-off technology to create the illusion that it can read the mind of the reader. He has also written on magic subjects for magicians' trade publications, Genii (magazine) and Magic (magazine).
In 2013, Mr. Orleans released a set of DVDs for the magic community entitled, The Art of Presenting Magic to Children. The success of this release gave him instant notoriety as an expert on the performance of magic to young people. He and his wife Jan Rose are now lecturing worldwide to magicians, educating them on the use of audience management skills and child psychology in order to make their youth performances more successful.