Benjamin Barnes, first became interested in magic as a small boy growing up on Chicago's Southside. His earliest performances were for children staying in the city's orphanages and hospitals. At the same time, Benjamin began spending time at the country's oldest magic shop (Magic Inc.), where he eventually got a job demonstrating magic for customers. While working behind the counter, Benjamin began meeting, and forming relationships, with many of the best magicians in the world. One of those magicians was Eugene Burger. Burger was/is universally recognized as one of the finest close-up magicians working today. Benjamin, would spend more than a decade under the tutelage of this modern master. In addition to his work in Chicago, (He has produced groundbreaking evenings of magic for the Chicago Cultural Center, The Goodman Theatre, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Navy Pier), Benjamin regularly performs at corporate and special events, around the country.
Three-time award winner at the prestigious World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Bill Cook has been hailed by his peers as the Young Master of Magic. Bill has been featured nationally and internationally on every major television network, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Showtime, SyFy, The Movie Channel, Telemundo, and Italy’s Cannale 5. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, Wizard Wars, Penn & Teller's Fool Us, and on Extra with Mario Lopez. Bill is also one of the featured stars of Make Believe--the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival Winner for Best Documentary. Currently, Bill is one of the stars of the CW Network's Masters of Illusion television series. Combining music with mind-blowing magic, Bill Cook’s high-energy show features comedy, drama, and interactive audience participation. His ability to entertain both young and old alike, make him one of the most versatile performers working today.
Patrick Livingstone first learned about magic when he discovered an old family photo inside a large golden chalice, known as The Vase of Rismar. Once Patrick realized that his great uncle was a professional vaudeville magician, he became enchanted with the world of magic and has continued to grow in the family art. His great uncle, Al Caroselli, was a busy performer and creator of magical apprentice. Into his teens, Patrick became involved in the national junior magician scene and was awarded the first place awards at Abbott’s Magic Get Together and Magi Fest, all at the age of 16. Since then Patrick has honed his craft and takes pride in leveraging deeper theatrical elements into every piece he presents. Patrick performs regularly with The Cabaret Project and on the speakeasy performance circuit in Chicago. He was trained in acting by The Second City and studies magic under the modern master, Eugene Burger. He has appeared at The Athenaeum Theater in his original one-man theatrical production "Brilliant Perception."
Sean Masterson has been amazing Chicago audiences for 20 years, performing close-up magic at corporate and social galas as well as stage shows at The Live Bait, Shattered Globe and Music Box theaters. In reviewing his long running Magic Tales show, the Chicago Tribune declared: "Masterson's sleight-of-hand tricks with tales to boot are spellbinding." His performances have always reflected his dual interest in magic and theaters. His performance credits include: Festimagic in Paris, The International Theater Festival of Grenoble, Abbott Laboratories, and The Chicago Architecture Foundation, as well as his own original theatrical productions.