The magic industry has been around for quite a long time, and it has been a common entertainment outlet for audiences worldwide. Today, as the world continues to evolve and modernize, celebrity magician Johnny Wu is at the forefront of bringing something new to the table in terms of people’s experience with magic.
Johnny is among the world’s top-paid performers today. He has staged performances for many of the leading brands and corporations of today, like Apple, Google, and Disney. Furthermore, he has performed for some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, such as Jaden Smith, Paris Hilton, Jamie Foxx, and Jessica Alba, among others. This earned him the title of “Celebrities’ Favorite Mentalist” and “Celebrity Magician.” However, fame and acceptance from people was not always something that Johnny had, especially during his teenage years.
The magician and his family migrated from Taiwan to Los Angeles when he was 14 years old. English was Johnny’s third language, which meant that communication was extremely difficult for him during those early years. In school, he had a constant struggle with trying to fit in and was often bullied, yet he refused to say anything to his parents, fearing that he would worry them too much. His mother was the one taking care of him and his brother, while his dad worked in Taiwan to provide for the family.
Johnny soon took to learning magic to keep himself busy and inspired. He taught himself magic tricks, sleight of hands, hypnosis, mentalism, and even comedy. The road was a rocky one—he did not have all the resources or money, which made for a steep learning curve. Aside from the technical part being difficult, it was a challenge for Johnny as well to convince his family that he was going to be a magician, but these never got in his way.
In his junior year of college, Johnny began building his magic business right in his 200 square feet dorm room. He designed his own website, created his own branding, and soon learned how to become not just a professional magician but an entrepreneur as well. Not long ago, Johnny was hired by the Honest Company—an American consumer goods company founded by actress Jessica Alba—to perform his magic for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with the actress herself. They enjoyed his performance so much they hired him again at their headquarters for another private event. Today, Johnny has become one of the best and most sought-after celebrity magicians in the industry, and he now leads his very own team of magicians called Team Wu Magic. He and his team continue to work hard to create even more real magic experiences for corporate events and the like.
More than his prowess in magic, Johnny is an expert in persuasion, communication, and influence. His real and modern technique in mind reading is what the magician believes sets him apart from others in the magic scene. “I don’t do any sleight of hands and use any weird props that a normal magician uses. It’s when you perform mind reading in a very straight forward and a clean way [that] people believe it’s real,” he shares.
According to Johnny, people forget a lot of things, but they don’t forget their experiences. And this is precisely what he lives by when performing for his audiences. He offers a new and refreshing take on magic, using up-to-date technology such as social media to enhance his craft. Moreover, he incorporates high-class comedy, climax building, audience interaction, and mind reading—achieved using techniques to gauge people’s thought processes—to bring his performances to life. Johnny says, “Real magic should not just be card tricks but an experience that genuinely leaves your audience speechless.”
From not knowing English to using the art of magic as a universal language to survive school, Johnny has indeed come so far. The magician is currently cloning himself to be able to be at different places at the same time through his fast-growing team of magicians, and he is eager to keep going.To connect with Johnny and learn more about him, visit his, website, Instagram page and Youtube channel.