Ari Isenberg, 18, has been practicing and performing magic for 12 years. “That’s right,” he says. “I wasted the first six years of my life.”
Despite his youth, Ari has the skill of magicians many times his age, and he is already turning his talent into profit. He regularly performs for audiences of all sizes and ages, from children’s birthday parties to corporate events at country clubs.
Ari’s magic spans a wide scope of interests, from close-up effects with props such as cards, coins, and other everyday objects to stage illusions. His performances have earned him numerous recognitions, including:
First-place award in 2016 for close-up magic at Tannen’s Magic Camp in Philadelphia, the world’s most prominent magic camp, whose alumni include David Blaine.
Honored as one of the “Stars of Tomorrow” in 2015 by the Society of American Magicians, the oldest and most prestigious magical society in the world, whose president was once Harry Houdini.
Recognized with awards and performances at magic conventions in Atlanta and Daytona Beach, Florida.
To say that magic is Ari’s passion is an understatement. He understands and respects the history of magic while also always eagerly learning about the newest trends and tricks. He attends meetings of the Atlanta chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, as well as the two largest annual magic conventions in the country, in Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio. At the Magi-Fest convention in Columbus, Ari has worked behind the scenes with the organizers to help ensure that the three-day convention ran smoothly.
For several years already, Ari has been convinced that he will have a career in magic. As a result, he has learned not only about being a performer but also about being a businessman. He designed and maintains his own website, created a formal “performance agreement” for those who hire him and always conducts himself professionally to ensure that both his craft and his audiences receive the respect they deserve.
As a twelfth-grader at The Galloway School, Ari is known on-campus as “the magician” and has performed for school events of all sizes, including at the annual community-wide Fall Fun Fest. He also regularly finds ways to incorporate magic into his academics: For example, Ari conducted an interview with a magician in Germany for his German class.
In addition to seeing magic as a career, Ari also views magic as a tool that can benefit and uplift those in need, donating his time and talent, including performances for two homeless shelters. Further, in connection with his Bar Mitzvah weekend in 2015, Ari raised more than $6,000 for two charities by organizing a magic show (where he performed Houdini's famous metamorphosis illusion) at which he and three professional magicians performed.
Ari is also an actor, singer, musician, and filmmaker/photographer. He has appeared recently in stage productions of “Little Women,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “The Addams Family,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Twelfth Night,” “Freaky Friday,” “Metamorphoses” and recently appeared in the professional drama short, Father's Day (2018).
“Ari has true talent, and I think he can rise as far as he wants.”
- Joshua Jay (a New York-based magician, performer, creator, and author)
Joshua Jay has served as a mentor to Ari since they first met at a magic convention in Las Vegas, and they performed together at a magic benefit show that Ari organized in 2015.