Eric Mead is a performing artist who defies categorisation. As an onstage travel guide, he conducts interactive tours of the fantastic—where imagination is king, laughter erupts at every turn and everything you know about the world is called into question.
What separates Eric from his contemporaries are the larger ideas he brings into his performances. Eric insists that entertainment is the most powerful tool available for effective and meaningful communication. His magic, his humor, his play with the audience are all aimed at sharing his unique point of view, making deep emotional connections, and creating memories that last a lifetime.
Mead’s creative credits include writing and producing two successful magic themed television series: “Magic Man” for Travel Channel in the US, and “Magic Asia” for AXN Network in Singapore. On Fox Family’s hit series “Masters of Illusion,” Eric was honored to be asked to appear twice in a single season. In his appearance on “Penn and Teller: Fool Us,” Eric walked away with the coveted “Fool Us” trophy, and Penn Jillette said, “It was the best sleight of hand performance we’ve seen in four seasons of the show.” Although he has played small roles in a number of documentaries and feature films, critics universally praised Mead’s scene stealing turn in the film “The Aristocrats” with Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, John Stewart and the Smothers Brothers.
Eric is also a writer, academic, and highly sought after keynote speaker, having presented 12 times at the prestigious TEDMED Conference, nine times at The Entertainment Gathering, seven times at The Aspen Ideas Festival and last year addressing an audience of 10,000 scientists about the “Psychology of Deception” to kick off the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Eric’s talk, “The Magic of Placebo” has attracted more than a million views at the famous TED website, www.ted.com. In 2018, The Academy of Magical Arts at The Magic Castle presented Eric with a special “Performing Fellowship” in recognition of his lifetime work as an ambassador of the conjuring arts to the general public. Eric was recently named Senior Fellow at the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York City, where he is associate professor of performance design.