Michael Ammar

The Teacher

Michael Ammar (born June 25, 1956) is an American close-up magician. He is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living magicians.

In 1982, Ammar competed with magicians from 30 countries to win the “Gold Medal in Close-up Magic” at Lausanne, Switzerland. It was during the 80’s that he developed a close friendship with his mentor, Dai Vernon (“The Professor”) – whose influence can be seen in every show Ammar performs. Michael Ammar has many television credits. He was the magic week finale on Late Night with David Letterman in 2010. He has made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show. He moved to Los Angeles – where he became a regular performer at the Playboy Mansion, and made appearances on the Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, CNN, and Travel Channel. Ammar appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.. By 1990, the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood had awarded him its “Oscar” in six separate categories (the maximum number of awards for which his is eligible). He appeared on NBC’s 1998 “World’s Greatest Magic 5” special, and has been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. Ammar has made private performances at Universal Studios and the Vatican. He performed and coordinated the magic talent at George W. Bush’s Presidential inaugural banquet. He was the first featured performer at the “Caesars Magical Empire” at Caesars Palace. Ammar has performed on television in many countries, including: England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia.


  • Distinguished Alumni Award from West Virginia University 2003
  • Magician of the Year, Tannens, NY 2000 Best Close Up Magic, World Magic Awards, 1999
  • Gold Medalist, World Sleight-of-Hand Competition, FISM, 1982
  • Best Sleight-of-Hand, International Magic Awards, 1991
  • Best Sleight-of-Hand, International Magic Awards, 1992
  • The Academy of Magical Arts Parlour Magician of the Year (1985, 1990)
  • The Academy of Magical Arts Close-Up Magician of the Year (1981, 1983) The Academy of Magical Arts Lecturer of the Year (1982, 1983)