David Williamson

comic sleight of hand entertainer

 

Considered to be one of the world's most talented magicians, David Williamson knows the secret of capturing the imagination of any audience. A born showman and an unusually accomplished sleight of hand artist, David dazzles audiences with a unique and delightful brand of entertainment, blending heart-stopping magic with sidesplitting hilarity.

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In 1990 I snuck into the TV studios of a large corporate entity in downtown Washington DC with producer and cameraman Ken Norris. In the wee hours of the morning we shot several hours of footage, documenting my original routines and handling of classic tricks. I sent the raw footage to my brothers Bobby and Gary who were working as TV and film editors in L.A.

 

They chopped it up and added some gags and vintage commercials and cartoons to make it watchable. Sleight Of Dave turned out to be one of the best selling magic videos of its time. I was always happy to hear how much the magicians who bought the tapes enjoyed the magic content, but I was thrilled to hear that their wives and children loved the crazy footage as well. A tribute to the wacky Williamson brothers and their warped sense of humor.

Dave 2 came out shortly afterwards and included more of the routines shot in the studio as well as some footage of live lectures and performances in Colon, Toronto and London. It features the footage from a British show that John Fisher produced called Comedy Magic Strip. This includes the infamous "Murray" clip, where I get one-upped by a smart six year old.

Sleight Of Dave and Dave 2 were originally offered as video tapes in 1993 and then in 2003 I produced Magic Farm which was shot at the Williamson family farm with relatives and friends acting as the audience. It was offered as a DVD along with Sleight Of Dave and Dave 2, which were re-mastered as DVDs. I'm proud of the fact that these videos are full of audience tested, real world routines and ideas. I've built a career on the material contained within them, and I'm happy to share it.

I'm offering these three classic videos as online streaming products after the release of the RIDICULOUS DVD set that is produced by Luis De Matos. Much of the material overlaps and most of the routines from the classic videos are revisited in the new RIDICULOUS DVD. I'm still fond of the original videos and want to keep them affordable and available to those who haven't seen them. The material and instruction still holds up and I've been told countless times that many of the routines have helped others build acts and careers as well. Check it out here.