It started with getting a Hocus Pocus magic kit from an uncle. After obtaining a theater degree in college, Stuart MacDonald signed a contract to perform as a magician in the college market. That turned into a ten-year gig that took him to over 1,000 colleges. When it was time to get off the road Stuart went to work for Whirlpool and the skills he developed there changed his life. As a training and development specialist, he learned about building teams, project management, and importantly, Lean and continuous improvement, knowledge he then applied his first passion, magic. He subsequently developed and honed magic acts that won award after award, and ultimately quit his job to go on a world tour.
Stuart is a five-time award winner at the Society of American Magicians/International Brotherhood of Magicians at its 2017 annual competition. Later that year he won the Penn and Teller Fool Us TV show, with the famous duo unable to figure out how he did his mirror illusion. In 2018 he placed the highest of any American in history at the World Championships of Magic in Busan, South Korea. In 2021 he won the North American Championships of Magic and he will again be representing the United States at the world championships. This winter he is one of the stars on the hit TV Show Masters of Illusion on the CW TV network. Stuart is in the Hall of Fame of Magic and the American Museum of Magic for sleight of hand.
Stuart will offer a refreshing look at how continuous improvement concepts caused him to rethink his approach to designing and presenting magic. He’ll also amaze attendees by performing the magic that fooled Penn & Teller.