Performing professionally since the age of 10, Terry Evanswood has appeared in live stage shows and on national television programs throughout the United States as well as international stages.
Evanswood was awarded an entertainment scholarship to attend the Chavez Studio of Magic. Every year four students are accepted to the only college of its kind in the world. Terry went on to receive his doctorate of magic after satisfying the requirements set by the magic academy. He was unanimously voted into both “magic masters” and the exclusive “wizards club” of Chicago as their youngest member. Terry was granted a life time membership into the International Brotherhood of Magicians as well as the International Magicians Society. Terry Evanswood was the only member endorsed into the Society of American Magicians by both David Copperfield and Harry Blackstone. The American Museum in Marshall, Mich, is the world’s leading authority on magic history. The directors of the museum presented Terry with the certificate of excellence award which was their first and only honor given.
Evanswood’s illusionary career has taken him across the United Stated in sold-out performances from New York City, through Chicago, to Los Angeles, California.
In 1991, Evanswood became the youngest illusionist in history to perform in Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle, the home of the Academy of Magical Arts. In 1993, Terry was invited to perform at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, on the largest stage in Las Vegas.
Evanswood has traveled the oceans as on-board entertainment for some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. He has toured the Caribbean with Carnival , passed through the Panama Canal with the Radisson Line, and journeyed with Holland America among the glaciers of Alaska. He also starred in review shows around the world including the “Stars of Magic “show in Sarnia, Canada; “Rio Ecstasy” in Cancun, Mexico; “Fabulous Miami” in Miami Beach, Florida. Terry starred in the “Grand Illusion” show for a one year engagement at the Americana Hotel and Casino on the beautiful resort island of Aruba.
Evanswood developed an after school enrichment program for the school district of his hometown of St Charles, Illinois. Over a five-year period, he personally instructed over 700 children in the art of magic. In 1995, Terry produced a video magic course that continues to inspire the next generation of magicians. Because of annual fund-raising events and his continuous community involvement, the mayor of Saint Charles presented him with the image award as well as the key to the city.
A “magician’s magician” Terry has lectured for magicians conventions around the country, as well as authored articles for the magic industry publications worldwide. With over 25,000 members to choose from the International Magicians Society presented Terry Evanswood with the “Merlin Award” magic’s equivalent to the “Oscar”. Because Terry is a collector and creator, teacher and performer, he was selected for “continuous lifetime achievement”. Past recipients include: David Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Doug Henning, and Terry’s inspiration Harry Blackstone, Jr.
After traveling the world, Terry desired to find a permanent home for his show. In 1996, he relocated to his favorite childhood vacation destination, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Terry starred for two seasons in "Magic in the Mountains" at Eagle Mountain Theater; Eight seasons in "Grand Illusion" at the Country Tonite Theater; followed by three seasons in the Magic Beyond Belief theater. He is currently in his fourth season in "The Wonders of Magic Show" at WonderWorks. Terry has become a tourist favorite, performing over 5000 shows for our Smoky Mountain visitors.
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