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Justin Willman from Tricked out Tour, Comedy Central and Sleight of Mouth at Drafthouse Comedy in DC (Special Event)
Justin Willman from Tricked out Tour, Comedy Central and Sleight of Mouth at Drafthouse Comedy in DC
Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:00 PM
Drafthouse Comedy, Washington, DC
- Ticket Price: $25.00
- Door Time: 6:15 PM
- Show Type: General Performer
18 & over
No Minimum Purchase
Justin Willman was born in St. Louis, Missouri on July 11, 1980. He was fascinated by the art of magic ever since he received a magic kit at the age of five. Soon after, his parents took him to see illusionist David Copperfield.
However, the tipping point for young Willman came when he was twelve, after breaking both of his arms trying to ride a bicycle while wearing rollerblades.
His orthopedic surgeon recommended he learn card tricks as an alternative to physical therapy. Since then, Willman was hooked on magic for life.
He began performing at the age of fourteen. Though magic was his first love, it led him to the world of show business and his second love - comedy.
His influences in comedy were rooted in the comedic artistry of Johnny Carson and Steve Martin. Willman, discovering his newfound talent for making people laugh, blended magic and comedy into his repertoire.
After he graduated from St. Louis' Ladue High School, he relocated to Bostonwhere he continued his studies at Emerson College.
There, he majored in journalism and loved the idea of the power of change that could come out of it, along with the medium of television.
In the midst of his studies, he found himself performing seven to eight shows a weekend. He knew that magic was his calling card.
After graduating from college with a degree in journalism, Willman decided to go all the way with magic. He moved to Los Angeles where he performed for several private events.
He also met a group of magicians called "Magic X," and whom were putting together a television show at the time.
In 2004, NBC aired "T.H.E.M." (Totally Hidden Extreme Magic) which hosted nine members of Magic X, including Justin Willman and Japanese magician celebrity Cyril Takayama.
After a few TV specials under his belt, Willman went on to tour colleges and stadiums with his act across the nation. In 2011, he created "Justin Willman's Magic Meltdown," performed at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood.
He also developed his "Tricked Out Tour," which garnered him numerous raves around the globe. His one-man comedy and magic show has earned him the vote four years in a row as "Entertainer of the Year" by Campus Activities Magazine.
Willman has since toured internationally and appeared in various TV productions, including the "Food Network" series "Cupcake Wars," "Last Cake Standing," "HubWorld" and "Scrabble Showdown" on the Hub Network. Willman is also well-known as the witty correspondent on the Rachael Ray talk show where he has made over 20 appearances.
Other television appearances to his credit include "Make Believe," "The Defenders," "The Suite Life on Deck," "Room 401" (produced by Ashton Kutcher) and "The Today Show."
In April, 2008, he toured with musician and friend Jason Mraz serving as emcee and ringmaster of the "Music, Magic & Make Peace Tour." The groundbreaking endeavor was a neo-vaudeville, eco-friendly, circus-on-wheels.
Justin Willman currently performs internationally with his "Tricked Out Tour"and regularly performs at the "Magic Castle."