A prodigy, a whiz kid, and one of the hardest working men in magic. Jonathan Bayme's passion for magic was ignited at age six after watching a performance by David Copperfield in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
By 13, he began headlining theatrical performances in the southeast USA to sold out audiences. Bayme finished high school two years early and began producing projects for some of the most respected names in magic. In August of 2007, he founded theory11.com alongside eleven of magic's most influential artists.
The site accelerated to the forefront of the magic community, creating an educational environment that reaches up to 250,000 members around the world each month. theory11 has energized and inspired a new generation of magic enthusiasts, from Marines in uniform to students who use magic as a means to build confidence, self-esteem, and a reputation among peers.
At its core, theory11 allows anyone to learn magic as a social skill that has proven transformative for people young and old, with active members in 164 countries. Now 27, Bayme serves as CEO of theory11, strategist for The United States Playing Card Company, and a writer and consultant to legendary illusionist David Copperfield.
Q&A with Jonathan Bayme
What got you into magic?
The first magic I was ever exposed to was David Copperfield; the early nineties on his Dreams and Nightmares tour. I was six or seven. I was blown away. I couldn't shake the feeling; I was hooked on that feeling I got when I left that theater - I wanted m
What is theory11?
theory11 is, above all else, an alliance. theory11 started as a group of eleven of magic's most innovative performers, creators, and innovators, all united in one place, for one purpose. The goal of this site is to push the envelope within the magic indus
You've worked with some of the top names in magic. Tell us some dirty secrets.
Wayne Houchin likes weird breakfast food that smells like a mix of butter biscuits and dog vomit. Chris Kenner's car CD player has more hardcore rap CD's in it than 50 Cent's iPod. Daniel Garcia likes bad movies like Open Water. Lee Asher accidentally ord
What do you see as wrong with the industry today?
The magic industry is historically extremely segmented. I think we need to work together. That's what theory11 represents. Magic is a niche art form, and as such, to take it to the next level, to keep magic evolving for the better, we need to focus on wor
Who are your greatest influences within the magic community?
I've very fortunate to be able to work with people that I admire, respect, and have a great time with. Our senior crew members are individuals at the top of their game - people I look up to and am fortunate to be able to work alongside each and every day.