- Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician.
With performances on national and international television, in stadiums,
arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, with Oscar-winning
composers and symphony orchestras, for NFL and NBA halftime shows while
surrounded by 70,000 people, in major national parades, and even at The
White House, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an
extremely talented and innovative illusionist.
Over the past 20 years, Michael has been driven to make magic
contemporary and to give it a wide, mainstream appeal. He has had starring
roles on NBC’s “The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II”, The CW’s “Masters of
Illusion”, and Pop TV’s “Don’t Blink”, and his magic has been featured on the
Emmy-nominated FOX series “Bones”, “The Today Show”, the 2015 “Hollywood
Christmas Parade”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Access Hollywood”,
“Entertainment Tonight”, “SportsCenter”, “NBA on TNT”, “FOX & Friends”, and
“The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon”. Michael has also appeared as a guest on
radio shows across the country and in media including Parade Magazine,
Starpulse, The Huffington Post, MAGIC Magazine, Young Hollywood, Pittsburgh
Magazine, Tucson Living, DC Life Magazine, and The Marilu Henner Show.
Michael was recently featured on CNBC’s “Make It”, a series about people who have achieved
success in challenging industries, as well as the cover of TV Times magazine, released nationally in
newspapers across the U.S. In addition, Entertainment Weekly named Michael as “a great
magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience” and Hidden Remote called Michael
a “fan favorite…with charisma and an easy rapport with an audience”.
Possessing a true passion for amazing live audiences, Michael has performed at a wide range of
venues including Heinz Hall with renowned composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra, Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City and San Diego, United Center in Chicago,
Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, Casino Rama in Ontario,
Canada, Grand Central Station in New York City, the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii, on the
red carpet of ESPN's ESPY Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and at The White House
Easter Celebration. Michael was also honored to be the first illusionist ever invited to perform in
the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC. During this remarkable celebration
of our country, Michael levitated a girl high above one of the floats as it moved down
Constitution Avenue, while a live audience of 250,000 people lined the streets.
In addition, Michael was recently one of the headlining performers in “Masters of Magic”, a large-
scale production show which ran nightly for two months at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, in
Reno, Nevada. Presented on the world’s largest indoor stage, a full acre in size, Michael caused
a 500lb motorcycle to appear in mid-air, levitated 10ft into the air under bright lights at the front
of the stage, created interactive magic with everyone in the theater at the same time, and
melted his body through a 7ft tall wall of solid, examined steel.
Michael Grandinetti 2016 Biography
Michael is currently starring in the hit CW television series
“Masters of Illusion”, now in its third season and airing in over
100 countries around the world. Hosted by Dean Cain (Lois
& Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hit The Floor),
“Masters of Illusion” showcases the world’s top magicians
and illusionists in front of a live audience in Hollywood.
During the run of the series, Michael has performed both
grand illusions and interactive stage magic including
shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, vanishing
borrowed rings and causing them to reappear baked inside
a loaf of bread, bringing a painting to life, levitating a lady
in the center of the audience, and escaping from a
platform suspended 20ft above the stage. Special guest
Ace Young, star of American Idol and Hair on Broadway,
assisted Michael onstage during the show for his “Walking
Through Steel” illusion. Michael is also a headlining
performer in “Masters of Illusion Live!”, the largest touring
magic production in the world.
To promote the series, Michael performed a daring live stunt in which he levitated in the air, for 4
hours, 15 feet above the Hollywood Walk of Fame. During the event, helicopters hovered
overhead, traffic along busy Hollywood Boulevard came to a halt, and observers flocked from
blocks away to wave their hands all around to try and figure it all out. The event was broadcast
by news sources across the country and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette listed the stunt as one of the
5 things they loved during the week.
Michael also starred in the recent Pop TV series “Don’t Blink”, a docu-series that took viewers
inside the underground world of street magicians as they performed for the unsuspecting public
and celebrity guests live on-location. For the series, Michael filmed 30 pieces of magic, from
large-scale grand illusions to close-up sleight of hand, while surrounded by audiences at
Hollywood Boulevard, Venice Beach, and Universal Studios.
Always dreaming big, Michael has pioneered live magic in one of the most challenging
environments imaginable, major-league football stadiums, baseball stadiums, and basketball
arenas. He has performed NFL halftime shows at Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers vs.
defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants) and University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona
Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens) while live audiences of over 70,000 people watched with a 360
degree view as Michael caused people to appear, vanish, float, and shrink in size, right on the 50
yard line. The game at University of Phoenix Stadium was broadcast live on ESPN’s Monday Night
Football and legendary rock band Journey performed the national anthem. At Citizens Bank
Park, Michael made the 7ft tall, 300lb Philadelphia Phillies mascot, The Phanatic, magically
appear in the center of the outfield. At Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, Michael performed one
of the largest live interactive illusions in history when he read the minds of all 45,000 people in the
stadium at the same time.
Michael has also created basketball halftime shows for teams including the Chicago Bulls, the
Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors, the University of Michigan, Penn State, USC, and for
the Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in New York City. Michael’s
halftime show for the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game at United Center in Chicago, where he
levitated at the center of the court while surrounded by a sold out crowd of 22,000 people, even
caused commentators Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley to comment in amazement during
the live national broadcast on TNT.
This is magic on a major scale.
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Michael combined the worlds of magic and music when he created special performances and
appeared as a featured guest artist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids
Symphony Orchestra, and the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. During these shows, while the
orchestras played musical selections specially themed for each illusion, Michael magically
transformed a tuxedo into the orchestra’s conductor, made roses bloom on the stage, levitated
into the air while surrounded by the playing orchestra, and, for a finale, caused the orchestra
itself to read the minds of the audience by playing pieces of music they were only thinking of.
Michael Grandinetti has come a long way since he received his first magic set for Christmas, and
performed his first show, at the age of five. His personality and style were introduced to the world
when he performed his original creation “The Spike Tower” on the NBC television special “The
World’s Most Dangerous Magic II”. While covered with a mixture of gasoline and kerosene and
secured by chains, Michael had only sixty seconds to escape before two walls of flaming steel
spikes were thrust towards him at over 50mph. Bringing together seven illusionists from around the
world, at just 21, Michael was the youngest performer on the show.
As a respected Creative Consultant, Michael is also very
accomplished behind the scenes. He has taught sleight of hand
magic to the actors on the CBS daytime drama "The Bold and the
Beautiful" and, for the TBS show "Conan" starring Conan O'Brien,
Michael consulted on a special illusion design intended to make
comedian Zac Galifianakis magically appear at the panel for his
interview. Michael was also contacted to contribute an original
illusion for the Pamela Anderson show at the Hard Rock Resort and
Casino in Las Vegas. In addition, Michael has consulted on a
national commercial featuring sleight of hand for the United States
Treasury, provided additional techniques in the instructions for a
unique piece of close-up magic marketed after its appearance
on a David Blaine special, written several articles on magic
published in books, magazines, and newspapers across the
country, and he was a historical/magic consultant for the book
“Spellbound”, detailing the life of famed illusionist Doug Henning.
Michael's original illusion designs have been featured in
productions in Atlantic City, Branson, Seoul, Korea, and on the television series “Paolo Limiti” in
Italy and he was once even called about the possibility of making Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's
tallest building, magically appear - before it was built!
Michael Grandinetti is making the ancient art of magic charismatic and contemporary. By
blurring the line between illusion and reality in a groundbreaking yet personable way, Michael
gives his audience an engaging, entertaining, and one of a kind experience they will not forget.