James Brandon first became interested in magic when his father brought him to see Doug Henning on Broadway. Shortly thereafter James’ sister presented him with a starter magic set for his twelfth birthday. James quickly worked his way up to the conception and construction of his own original magic effects and large illusions which inevitably led to a professional career as a magician, comedian, illusionist, emcee and actor.

With school behind him, James followed his dream to France where he became the youngest variety artist ever to star at the famed Alcazar de Paris. His high-tech magic show involving dance, pyrotechnics and live animals gained him immediate success on the European nightclub circuit. The resulting 26 tours of Western and Eastern Europe included dozens of television appearances and the honor of presenting a Command Performance for the Royal Family of Monaco in Monte Carlo.

Among the most prestigious Medals and Grand Prizes bestowed upon James are the Seigfried and Roy “Golden Lion Award” he received in Las Vegas, the World Magic Olympics Medal he won in Japan and the “Golden Mandrake”, presented in Paris.

U.S. appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall sparked interest from Twentieth Century Fox who then hired James to direct the magic scenes for Oscar winner Joe Pesci, for the hit film, “My Cousin Vinny”. As an actor and special effects consultant James has worked on commercials for MTV, Panasonic, IcyHot and on the Sting video “Desert Rose”.

Six South American tours brought James to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Venezuela where his 23 television appearances resulted in his being featured on the Miami based TV show, “Best of Sabado Gigante”. The success of that performance, seen by 170 million people worldwide, led to James filming the widely viewed American TV Specials, “The Great Magic of Las Vegas” for the Fox Family channel.

In 1997 Brandon married Paulina, a beautiful model and extremely talented make-up artist from Prague. The two quickly returned to Las Vegas where James was starring in “Splash” at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. Later that year he began a 5 year contract at the Luxor Hotel and Casino where he starred in the Dick Foster production, “Imagine”.

Taking his comedy-magic show on tour, James starred in the “Basin Street Follies” at the Showboat in Atlantic City and in “Las Vegas Nights” at the Biloxi Grand Theater. Brandon then toured Asia and in a 2000 seat Malaysian theater, he presented, “Odyssey, the Illusions of Space & Time”. Two shows a night were sold out for six straight months.

If James’ face seems familiar it might be due to the fact that he is currently the pitchman for “IcyHot” on their national TV commercial campaign.

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