James David Parker keynote speaker

International Award-Winning Conjuror, Speaker and Philosopher
  • Philosophical Illusion
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James apprenticed in magical artistry from the age of ten and as soon as he turned thirteen James became the youngest ever member of the Guild of Magicians. During his teens he was also member of the leading education theatre company. He performed on stage and television with theatre and magical arts, together with winning prestigious awards. Just before moving into his twenties his success at the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year Competition led to being invited to perform in front of 4,000 international magicians.  This was at the largest and most prestigious magic event and festival in the world.

Here he received the title of ‘British Champion’ with the Young Magical Championships. During James’ early and coming up to his mid twenties he won more prestigious awards at the largest organisation for magical arts in the world. He won the ‘International Brotherhood of Magicians’ for the entertaining act in magical arts. He was also twice champion of the ‘International Brotherhood of Magicians Dittia Shield’ for the stage show with the best and highest standard of exceptionally skilled magical artistry.

He has toured performing at many prominent events and shows from conferences, royalty, corporate events, television, weddings, top hotels and theatres, including the Magic Circle’s most highly esteemed event of the year, their annual Christmas show. James honed his skills even further by thoroughly studying all aspects of art, meditating in solitude, studying and working with theatre & television companies, universities, together with meeting and working with distinguished fellows in publication, creative arts, theatre and television. He has been on a constant learning inquiry and throughout James’ twenties, nothing was more important than exploring the wisdom of life and how it integrates together with all its intricacies.

James is deeply fascinated by the intricacy and elegance of classical art and eastern wisdom. He is fascinated about how it relates to life with all the mystery. He has also studied how western classicism and romanticism emerged out of this process but manifested in a very different way than the ancient East. James has explored the ability to captivate philosophy and integrate it into conjuring, illusion, elegant music, aesthetics, storytelling and consultancy.

Over the years James has been studying life from many different perspectives, and this process has steered him towards creating a unique and acclaimed style of the art that he has coined ‘Philosophical Illusion’. He has performed his show ‘In Search of the Miraculous! An Evening of Philosophical Illusion’ at many theatres and conferences across the world.

James has a unique professionalism, artistic perfection and philosophical manner. He has now created an internationally recognised status. James believes magic is a serious art because it explores the foundations of human perception. He now performs, presents or speaks at many theatres and conferences across the world.

James also performs close up magic mainly in London, Canterbury and often across the UK, Europe and internationally. This is fun and elegant and perfect for exclusive, private and celebration settings. He shares his experiences with demonstrating the mysterious and inscrutable phenomena that even the most learned scholars still cannot explain.


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Everyone is talking about James, he is like the Picasso of his genre. - Lucian Freud, painter


James took us to some very unique and magical places – I enjoyed it immensely. -  Stephen Law, Leading Humanist Philosopher


Utterly amazing, best I have seen! - Kaiser Chiefs, indie rock band


We were very impressed with your close-up work. - Kevin Franks, On-Site Events Co-ordinator at Clifford Chance LLP


On behalf of everybody at the James Milner Foundation we would like to thank James David Parker for entertaining our guests at the recent ‘What Happens In Vegas’ Charity Ball. The feedback we received was great and he is a superb magician and entertainer. - Matthew Buck, Senior Director for The James Milner Foundation

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