Bryan Gilles is Northern California's premier Comedy Magic Entertainer. Having performed since the early age of five, Bryan is a rare "second-generation" magician. With a performance resume including engagements in over twenty-seven states before the age of six! Not bad for this 35 yr. old! In recent years, Bryan has worked with and along side many of today's top magicians and illusionists in the industry. He's recently returned back to Northern California after working in "Magic Capital of the World"- Las Vegas Nevada in one of the largest illusion shows in the US. For more information about "Bryan Gilles Comedy Magic," please visit his website...
Byran has performed for our group of about 100 people twice now and we can't wait to see what he has "up his sleeve" next time. We truly enjoy his wit and his talent. Involving people from the audience to help him with his awesome magic tricks adds to the enjoyment.
Bryan was relatively new to professional show's when I had him perform for my work. He did a awesome job and they were very impressed at that time. Close to 10 years has passed and Bryan's ability to give a awesome show to adults and children is outstanding. His rates are very reasonable and you will surely impress all those around if you hire him for a corporate, city, school, or social function. I give Bryan Gilles Comedy Magic a 10 for excellence and performance. GOOD JOB BRYAN!
Bryan did two shows for students at Juniper School and Cypress School who met their Accelerated Reader Goals. He did an awesome job at both schools. We had students from K-8th grade. He kept them entertained. Did a lot of student participation which the kids loved. He gave out magic cards and signed many autographs. He also got some of the teachers up there and they loved that even more! He encouraged the students to keep reading, to live a clean life style and to never give up on your dreams. It was a great show the students are still talking about it.
I have watched Bryan Gilles preform many times over the years and have yet to be disappointed. He is funny in a cleaver way and always has the audience in mind. His performances are genuine and well delivered.
I was at a Crazy Clown Event and they had this Great Magician there named Bryan Gilles. I was so impressed with his comedy magic show I felt it was deserving of a comment. I had my kids with me at this show and they were able to get involved with his magic. I am glad our area has such a great magician like him. I will for sure use them at my next big party. Your great! Grandpa Grill Daddy
Our company C.C. Entertainment has been in the Redding,CA area performing since 2006, and we have not come across any other Entertainers that have come close to exceeding our expectations. The comedy magic that he performed was so funny that everyone was laughing and smiling with amazement. It was a surprisingly wonderful show. We usually are the ones entertaining but were so impressed we have decided to add him to our Magic Show Referral list. This was a great show for a reasonable price. We already have him booked for our company party. Laura Lynn/Owner
Crazy Clown Entertainment
Bryan Gilles was brought in as a reward for our HONOR ROLL students at North Cow Creek School. Bryan amazed the students with his magical acts and his charming personality. After the stage performance, Bryan spent time with close-up magic with drew close inspection and wonderment from the studnets. Many students received magic cards as gifts.
Bryans' performance was the second time our school has used his services. Both times were worthwhile and enjoyable. As a staff, we appreciate his willingness to bring his shows to our school.
We hired Bryan Gilles to perform for our annual Christmas party. Bryan was extremely easy to work with. We gave him a time , date, and performance space and he did the rest! His comedy was age appropriate which was a difficult task as we had people of all ages. He had a little something for everyone. I was impressed by his interaction with our guests during his performance and after his show. Bryan Gilles is definitely a rising star and someone I hope to have back for many years to come!
Price Range: $250 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 120 minutes
Insurance: $2 - I'm fully insured through Hampson Mower & Kreitz Agency and do not use pyro or live animals in my show. I have a coverage of upto $2,000,000 for general aggregate. Its for "Commercial General Liability."
What to Expect
Bryan's show includes plenty of audience participation, age appropriate material, and professional sound/music.
Those inclined to dismiss experience and competence against the backdrop of youth would mistakenly dismiss Bryan Gilles as a mere magical upstart. Looking past reflexive assumptions, however, one could just as easily find themselves dumfounded by the sheer knowledge of the art and its historical provenances possessed by such a comparatively young entertainer.
These characteristics alone separate Bryan from 95% of his contemporaries, whose primary magical tapestries began with the emergence of David Blaine and the advent of the “YouTube School of Magic.” As a rare, second-generation magician, who as a child saw countless sold-out stage shows and churches in his father’s gospel-themed act, Bryan was outfitted with the early tools and appreciations necessary to later work with some of today’s leading Las Vegas acts—with one-of-a-kind stage acts and white tigers to boot.
Bryan’s sense of presentational acumen comes as a result of both being born into a family of entertainers, and the fact that he had been a primary player in his father’s act from the age of five. In one seven month period, Bryan’s family toured twenty-seven states presenting the Gospel and illusions in churches, schools, community theaters, auditoriums and civic centers. Bryan’s father, Dave had himself been performing from the age of eight, and so passing on a generational itinerary and workload was not only a rite of passage—it was also tradition.
That tradition led to Bryan and his sister’s 1st place victory in a stage magic competition that same year.
Magic would become a centerpiece for Bryan through both elementary and high school—sometimes at the expense of studies and classroom cohesion. Magic’s innate ability to entertain peers also led to occasional consternation by teachers. “Detention,” recalls Bryan, “was merely another practice venue for me. It was just what I was studying and when I as studying it that was the problem.”
While today’s Internet immediacy literally removes much of magic’s anticipatory wonder, Bryan had his father’s VHS tapes—those of early legends such as Copperfield, Siegfried and Roy, Lance Burton, and the late Doug Henning. Practicing involved direct mimicry of these legends coupled with the secrets learned from his father. After countless hours along with just a few more years, Bryan knew that the road forward was actually backward. He began to study magic’s deep and rich history, and what made the illusionists from yesteryears so wonderful.
College was the only real hiatus, as academics temporarily displaced what was in reality, a lifestyle. Moving from California to Northern Idaho would solidify Bryan’s individual and unique approach to the art. Bryan’s quick wit and fast hands became a mainstay in the local magic shop, which also provided a steady array of spectators already inclined to enjoy his performances. This of course led to small engagements, parties and casual gatherings—venues whose fluidity and frequency have led to some of Bryan’s most solid performance pieces. Pieces he asserts will always be a part of his act.
In 2001, Bryan attended a show featuring another young magician as the headline act. Bryan attaches his decision to plow headlong into his own magical identity on this moment. “It was great to see someone—my age—making a name for themselves using magic as the platform.,” he says. “The great thing is, I’ve been in contact with him ever since, and it’s been great watching his career blossom.”
In 2007, Bryan had a rare opportunity to be grafted in to Las Vegas’ magical culture. Being in the employ of one of magic’s leading acts, Bryan diversified his talents as both an illusion technician to the show, as well maintaining the health and temperaments of some of the world’s rarest felines (to include a “Liger,” a half lion/half tiger amalgam seemingly ripped right out of the Napoleon Dynamite screenplay). And while a grueling six-day-a-week schedule that saw two shows each day was replete with the Vegas complement of beautiful dancers and giant illusions, it was working shoulder to shoulder with giant magical minds—those known in magic’s “inner circles” as the real geniuses, some of them very aged, but no less enthusiastic—that made it all worthwhile. “It was an experience I will never forget,” he says. “I learned so much and worked with so many dedicated and hard-working people.”
Hard work is exactly what Bryan brings to his art today, as he now calls Northern California his home yet again. Bryan continues to reach into his magical past using every experience—no matter how small— to fortify what he sees as magic’s ultimate future. And based upon Bryan’s unique blend of comedy and magic, the future looks bright. “I just have an inner drive to keep magic alive in the lives of others,” he says. “I hope that I can ignite a desire in others the way it was ignited in me by those that came before, and they would be inspired to carry on magic’s metaphorical torch.”
Additional Booking Notes
The show is a "turn key" operation. You provide a place to plug-in (a standard outlet within range) and a space large enough to move around (usually a 5' x 10' area) and Bryan will make the rest of your show preparations vanish!
Influences & Inspiration
My biggest magic/comedy influences include many of my peers and idols such as;
*The Amazing Jonathan
*Penn & Teller
and many more...
A standard wall outlet to plug-in a PA System (If a PA is not provided). Bryan will supply his own hands-free mic and professional music that he can control with a remote on his person.
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