Dan White is a magician, creator, consultant, and performer. Over the past 20 years, he’s created magic on stage and screen around the world. Most recently, Dan was featured on the Discovery Channel special The Supernaturalist and White Magic on the Travel Channel.
In 2014, Dan served as a creative consultant to Kanye West, collaborating on iconic, magic visuals for the YEEZUS tour. Prior to that, Dan consulted on-site in Las Vegas with legendary illusionist David Copperfield. Dan is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In 2015, Dan White worked alongside theory11 to create The Magician - an intimate evening of magic, mystery, and deception at The NoMad Hotel in New York. Dan is the star of the show, performing every weekend for sold out audiences.
Specializing in close up magic and mentalism, Dan has been refining his craft since the age of nine. With his Fine Arts background, he adds a new dimension to the art of conjuring, bringing mystery, elegance, and sophistication to each of his performances.
Q&A with Dan White
What is theory11 to you? Why is this site different?
theory11 is a new way of looking at a classic ideal. A site that raises the standard in magic by giving the art the respect it deserves and emphasizing quality over quantity. Delivering the most creative magic from the best minds in the business, theory11 is giving magicians an alternative to the norm.
What got you into magic?
Like most, a simple magic set given to me one evening by my father lit the fuse. As a child, I had always been intrigued and frightened by magicians and their knowledge of secrets that I knew nothing about.
As I grew, I wanted to know these secrets and wanted to be able to harness that level of mystique that had fascinated me. Since then, I have seen how powerful magic can be, and how it can affect people on such a visceral level.
Who is your favorite performer to watch?
Rene Lavand, Chan Canasta, Eugene Burger, David Blaine, David Berglas -- all performers of unequaled elegance and depth.
Tell us about the first time/effect you performed.
I remember impressing the girls at school with my Hot Rod a.k.a. Fantastic.
What's the last trick you saw that fooled the crap out of you?
I am not at liberty to say.
What do you see as wrong with the industry today?
Very often it seems that effects are being put out without much thought or audience testing. Too often people come up with an idea and immediately want to market it without ever trying it on real people. This is not fair to the consumer, who expects to actually be able to perform what is promised.
The manner and language used in the marketing of effects is also a bit patronizing. theory11 will bring magicians effects that are real, not just over-hyped ideas. They will deliver these effects in an honest and non-condescending manner.
What advice would you give to those that are just starting in magic?
Learn the basics. They are the support and foundation of everything else. Learn from the past and use that knowledge to create that which is new. Respect your audience -- they are smarter than you think.
Believe in what you are doing. Define what the word "magician" means to you, and perform and live in that way.