Jeff Hobson is one of the most in-demand comedy magicians working today. His refreshing and clever mix of comedy and magic has brought him back for repeat performances all over the world. His television appearances include HBO, Showtime's Comedy Club Network, Fox's Masters of Illusion, NBC's World's Greatest Magic as well as the star of Thames Television's Magic Comedy Strip a 16-week television series in England. In 2010, Jeff Hobson was awarded the Magic Castle Stage Magician of the Year from the Academy of Magical Arts. In December 2013, he appeared on the top-rated U.K.'s iTV with The Illusionists as well as a 2016 prime-time NBC special of the same name.
He is a favorite entertainer to many of the Fortune 500 companies. He has an uncanny ability to break the ice and allow everyone to enjoy themselves with his program of audience participation, comedy, and magic!
Hobson's introduction to Las Vegas started with an audition at the famed comedy club, Catch a Rising Star at Bally's Casino. This audition turned into numerous return, headline engagements. In 1993, Hobson joined the cast of Spellbound at Harrah's Casino in a run that lasted more than 4 years.
After a three-year hiatus that took Hobson to Reno to produce and star in the critically-acclaimed magic production show, Carnival of Wonders, he came back home to become the "Host of Las Vegas". Since then, he has starred in his own, one-man show, Money and Madness, and been the Master of Ceremonies for countless special events and production shows on the famed Las Vegas strip including the World's Greatest Magic Show and V -The Ultimate Variety Show.
Hobson's most recent accomplishments include the creation of The Illusionarium, a one-of-a-kind, immersive, magical-dining entertainment experience aboard Norwegian's Cruise Line's newest ship, The Getaway. The show was rated #1 in the entire fleet.
In 2019, he completed a 7-year tour with The Illusionists, the highest-grossing magic show of all time with appearances across the U.S., Europe and two record-breaking seasons on Broadway and repeat performances at the famed Sydney Opera House.
Jeff’s newest endeavor is opening the 130-seat Marvyn’s Magic Theater in La Quinta, California just minutes from Palm Springs. It is the epicenter for world-class magic, comedy and variety entertainment hosted by Hobson with the most magical, hilarious and amazing acts with new shows weekly.
Marvyn Roy’s basic knowledge of magic was developed while working behind the counter of one of America’s most famous magic shops; the Thayer Magic Studio in Los Angeles. Here he rubbed shoulders with many of the world’s greatest magicians and it was during these formative years that his dream was born. By the time Marvyn was discharged from the army in 1946, vaudeville had long since disappeared but, like a phoenix raising from the ashes, the world of night clubs and hotel floor shows had emerged. With a silent, eight-minute act of visual, original magic, a skilled performer could conquer the world. And that is precisely what young Marvyn Roy did. With the help of many friends, he created an astonishing act of original magic using light bulbs and became Mr. Electric.
His first big break was a booking at The Empire Room in Chicago's Conrad Hilton Hotel. Soon after, Marvyn added a beautiful and talented lady, Carol Williams, to his act and together they embarked on a career that included the world’s top-rated television shows, the most prestigious theaters and night clubs, and the most spectacular revue shows ever staged in Las Vegas and Paris. During five decades they appeared on five continents appearing with many of the biggest stars in show business. After a series of scintillating appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Ed took them along on his tour of Russia. When the famous Lido de Paris opened the first French-style revue show at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, Marvyn and Carol were part of it.
Along the way Marvyn was awarded the Masters Fellowship by the Academy of Magical Arts (the Magic Castle) in Hollywood, the Magic Circle of London presented him with their highest honor, The Devant Award, and the Society of American Magicians inducted him into their Magic Hall of Fame. After a lifetime of accolades and applause, Marvyn and Carol settled in Palm Desert for a well-deserved retirement. While they are no longer with us, their lively and energetic spirits still live through performances at Marvyn’s Magic Theater.