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Mike Caveney

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Occupation  Magician, illusionist
Books  Magic, 1400s-1950s
Role  Author
Name  Mike Caveney

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Full Name  Michael Douglas Caveney
Born  June 17, 1950 (age 65) (1950-06-17) Los Angeles County, California, United States
Residence  Pasadena, California, United States
Spouse(s)  Tina Lenert (22 April 1979–present)

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Michael Douglas "Mike" Caveney (born June 17, 1950) is an American magician, author, publisher, magic historian and collector. He is a life-member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood and a member of The Magic Circle of London. His work as a magician and publisher spans over four decades. He has appeared onstage or on TV in more than 20 countries worldwide and most of the 50 States.


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Life and career

Caveney was raised in the San Gabriel Valley, California. He discovered magic at age nine and as a pre-teen worked for Owen Magic Supreme, where he was paid in magic apparatus. He was a member of the Long Beach Mystics, a club for young magicians, founded in 1955 in Long Beach, California. The club met regularly in the backroom of Brownies Hobby and Magic Shop and produced a myriad of professional magicians including Michael Weber, Stan Allen, Kevin James and Dana Daniels. In 2005, a documentary about the Mystics was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization.

In 1995 he received the "John Nevil Maskelyne Award" for literature by the Magic Circle of London. Four years later he was awarded the "Literary Fellowship Award" by the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle. In 2006, he was voted "Stage Magician of the Year" and has been nominated as "Lecturer of the Year" several times by that same organization.

He is co-organizer and host of the Los Angeles Conference on Magic History, a biennial invitation-only conference to showcase historical magic. The conference is co-hosted by Ricky Jay, John Gaughan and Jim Steinmeyer. As a magic historian, he was featured on A&E's 1997 "Story of Magic", hosted by Ricky Jay.

Author and publisher

Since 1979, Caveney has published over 50 titles on the theory, practice and history of magic. His titles are revered by serious magicians and are written by some of the magic industry's most creative minds. The high quality of his books has made them sought after by both collectors and performers around the world.

His biographical works include Kellar’s Wonders (2003) with Bill Miesel, and Carter the Great (1995). In 2010 he co-authored, Magic, 1400s-1950s for Taschen Books. He is also a contributing editor to MAGIC - The Independent Magazine for Magicians. He recently published a tome of his life's work titled Mike Caveney Wonders.

Personal life

Caveney lives in Pasadena, California with his wife, magician, mime and harpist Tina Lenert. The couple married on April 22, 1979.


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