Magic: Strolling Close-up/Parlor, Mentalism, Magical Storytelling, Magical Mini-Murder Mystery, Readings (Palm, Graphology, Numerology, Tarot, etc.), Pseudo-Comedy Hypnosis, and Escape Artist.
Home Psychic Parties.
Bizarre Magic/Magical Seance
Magician/Storyteller Jim Saylor has performed professionally (private, public, and corporate functions) for 27 years.
Jim's Magic and Storytelling shows can be tailored to play for hundreds, at a table for two or any size audience in between.
Jim's wife Amy offers Face Painting.
Jim's Magic and Storytelling will help you to forget about the pressures of everyday life with something lacking today - quality entertainment!
West Wind Productions has been producing community senior shows in five states for the past nine years. The shows feature vendors, prizes, and live entertainment which includes song, dance, music, and fashion shows among other talents.
For the 2014 show in Prescott, AZ. we were referred to a local magician named Jim Saylor who made his first appearance at a Salute To Seniors show. Jim was punctual and well prepared. He engaged the audience with his illusions and went beyond what was expected by staying afterwards and performing close-up magic for individuals. What a special touch!
I highly recommend Mr. Saylor for mystifying and lighthearted entertainment at any gathering or event.
Owner - West Wind Productions
I have to say that BOTH of my grandson's(6&7) LOVED Jim's performance! And I cannot say enough good about it. Very well done Sir! I'd give you 6 stars for your Expertise, Communication, Professionalism, Value, and Adaptability if I could! Look forward to seeing you again!
Response from Jim Saylor, Magical Variety Entertainer:
Thanks for the great review Jack. It was fun performing for you and the boys. I'm glad you all enjoyed it.
I too am looking forward to getting together again.
Carly Wright - StoneRidge Comm. Association
January 5, 2010
To Whom It May Concern,
I work at StoneRidge Community Center in Prescott Valley as the Activities Director. Part of my job is hiring entertainment for large community parties. I hired Jim Saylor as the main entertainment for our annual Holiday Party on December 12th, 2009.
Jim entertained a crowd of about 100 people with his magic and humor. I received many compliments from the residents who attended the show. Most of the residents had not seen a show like this before and were very pleased.
Jim is easy to work and communicate with. He is prompt and professional. I would hire Jim back for future parties. It was a real treat working with him. If you have any further questions, please so not hesitate to call me.
Carly A. Wright
StoneRidge Community Association
I have seen Jim on several occations. He is truly a great entertainer! His shows are always exciting and funny. He interacts with the crowd so well. I would have no problem booking him for anything from a childs birthday party to a retirement party. I look forward to seeing him again!
Jim is a gifted performer, his comedic timing, and ability to play to any age is a real jewel in his crown. His mastery of illusion is top notch, and will keep you guessing for hours after.
Jim is a GREAT Magician he is very knowledgable in the art, with a lot of experience in all types of magic. I have known Jim for over a year and he always brightens up the room with his BIG Heart and the way he makes everyone around him feel comfortable. I would strongly recomend Jim to anyone looking for a professional Magician and also a Magician, that can keep you entertained with his comedy.
Jim has a comedic timing that really draws a crowd into him and he also enjoys mingling into the crowd making everyone a part of the show. Some people like to see entertainers because of the name on the board, I liked seeing Jim because he made me feel part of something.
The party was great and you did a really nice job. I got lots of compliments and thank you so much again for being a part of the party.
jim's connection with the audience was apparent from the start, as he began with some jokes to loosen the croud up. his cloise up illusions are among the best i've seen. he is a master of illusions as well, as you try to follow him you are lost till HE wants you back. he always showws the audience a very good time. then his famous straight jacket escape astounds you. all in all a very entertaing show was had by all.
I had the pleasure of watching him perform at Festival of the West in 2008. It was am impromtu performance, I was the emcee, and he had me come on the stage and help out. Good performance--funny and entertaining, and I had a lot of fun being a part of the act.
Price Range: Serious inquiries only!
Gig Length: 20 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
In the Close-up Magic act spectators will have chosen cards and coins visibly change in their hands. They will cut ropes in two and watch as the pieces become one right under their noses. Single objects will multiply in their own closed hands - and more.
During the Mentalism routine audience members will have their thoughts read; fortunes told; witness predictions (often made days before the show) come true; and more.
As an Escape Artist, Jim has liberated himself from all types of restraints; ropes, locked chains, mailbags, packing crates, etc. Audience members are encouraged to participate by restraining Jim with their own locks. His most challenging escape was to free himself from a Straight Jacket while suspended upside-down five stories above Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, IL. (a task successfully accomplished in just 2 minutes).
The experience and emotions felt by the audience as Jim expertly performs his close-up illusions, mentalism, and escapes can be described in two words...amazement and joy.
Nationally known Magical Entertainer Jim Saylor has performed professionally (private, public, and corporate functions) for 27 years throughout the United States.
Jim's show consists of Comedy, Strolling Close-up/Parlor Magic, Mentalism, Escapes (the most challenging escape was from a Straight Jacket suspended upside-down five stories above a major highway in DeKalb, IL) and occasionally a short Murder Mystery.
Jim's show can be tailored to play for hundreds, at a table for two or any size audience in between.
Jim's comedy magic show will help you to forget about the pressures of everyday life with something lacking today - quality entertainment!
"I will perform anywhere in the world. I am available for any and all events of any size, in any location, where the goal is professional entertainment at its best!" Jim Saylor
Escape Artist and Comedy/Variety Magician
October 1990 – Present (27 years)
I have been a professional Escape Artist and Magical Entertainer for 27 years, my specialty being Escapes, Parlor/Close-up Comedy Magic, and Mentalism.
Dec. 2017 Multiple appearances performing Close-up and Stage Magic at the Flagstaff Mall in
May - Dec. 2017: Multiple appearances on morning talk show "Sandy & Friends" in Prescott, AZ.
Oct. - Dec. Magic and Face Painting at different events, including NAU College in Flagstaff, AZ.
May 2017 Performed Comedy Close-up magic for private event in Lake Havasu, AZ.
April 2017: Performed Comedy Magic stage show, which included Illusions and Escapes, for Camp Civitan in Williams, AZ.
Dec. 2016: Performed Comedy magic, Escapes, and Mental Magic at multiple Holiday/Christmas events.
Oct. 2016: Performed Graphology Reading/Handwriting Analysis for RamQuest Corporation Convention in Scottsdale, AZ.
Aug.-Sept.: 2016 Performed Comedy magic, Escapes and Mentalism at several private functions.
May 2016: Performed strolling comedy Close-up magic for The Shops at Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City, AZ.
May 2016: Performed strolling Close-up table magic, Mentalism, and Escapes for Mother’s Day Brunch at Anthem Golf and Country Club in Anthem, AZ.
April 2016: Performed strolling Close-up table magic and stage show (including Blindfolded mentalism, Thumb cuff and Straight Jacket Escapes) at the Prescott Resort and Conference Center for the Arizona Courts Association banquet in Prescott, AZ.
March 2016 Performed Close-up/Table magic (magic, escapes and mentalism) for Easter event at Anthem Country Club in Anthem, AZ.
Feb. 2015-April 2015: House magician at Culver’s Restaurant in DeKalb, IL. Performing Close-up table magic, Escapes and balloon twisting.
Oct. 2014: “Salute to Seniors” Escape and magic show in Prescott, AZ.
April 2014: Escape and Mental Magic Show/Lecture for Tony Barnharts Cognitive Psychology class at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ. (email hidden)
Oct. 2013: Private performance, Parlor and Close-up magic, for the staff and residents at Alta Vista Senior Living in Prescott, AZ.
Dec. 2012 Private Christmas Party, Escapes, Parlor and Strolling Magic Show for the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe in Prescott, AZ.
Oct. 2012 Private Close-up/Strolling Magic Halloween show in Prescott, AZ.
May 2011 Private performance for American Legion Post 78 in Mayer, AZ.
April 2011 Prescott Valley, AZ. One hour private show for Child & Family Support Services employees retreat. Parlor and Strolling Close-up magic, escapes, and mentalism.
March/April 2011 Comedy Magic/Mentalism Friday evenings at Pony Espresso Coffee House in Prescott Valley, AZ.
Jan. 2011 Escape Lecture for IBM Ring 356 in Prescott Valley, AZ.
(phone number hidden) Private Strolling/Close-up and Parlor magic shows throughout northern AZ.
2006 - 2010 Phoenix, AZ. Performed as cowboy magician Wichita Jim for Buck Taylor "Gunsmoke", Ruth Buzzi, June Lockhart "Lassie", Jim Easterbrook "Tombstone", at the National Festival of the West.
2007 Jake’s Corner, AZ. Extra in movie “Jake’s Corner” starring Richard Tyson, Diane Ladd, and B.J. Thomas.
2007 Apache Junction, AZ. Extra- “Vacuuming the Cat”. Movie starring Ron Pearlman and Barbara Hershey.
2007 Mesa, AZ. Prison inmate - Victory Angel Films, “Out Of Reach”
2006 Casa Grande, AZ. Magic as cowboy magician Wichita Jim at the 1st Annual John Wayne Cancer Foundation Fundraiser.
1990 - 2006 Throughout IL. and NE. Magic shows for the Boy Scouts, City of Dekalb Public Works, Dekalb County Corn Festivals, The Comedy Womb in Lyons, IL., etc., many shows ending with Houdini’s Upside-down Straight Jacket Escape.
Escape Artist (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Mentalism (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Magic (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Comedian (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Entertainment (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Additional Booking Notes
Past Booked Events
|December 31, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Oak Crest Retirement Center|
Escape Artist: Chains, Ropes, Bags, Boxes/Crates, Straight jacket, Handcuffs, etc. (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Mentalism: Thought reading, Graphology, Tarot/Palm/Coin and other fun readings. (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Magic: Comedy magic of all types for all audiences. (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Comedian (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Entertainment (Expert, 20+ years experience)
Influences & Inspiration
The most recent influences on my performances have been my friends and mentors Norman Bigelow and Earl Nelson. Mr. Bigelow is a world renowned Escape Artist and creator of “The Doors of Death” escape. Mr. Nelson is not only a world famous magician, he is also an actor and author, and one of only two people to ever be named "House Magician" in the history of the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.
Past influences and instructors: Houdini, Richard Webster, Jay Marshall, Bob Brown, Eugene Burger, Ed Marlo, Dunninger, Richard Gough, Alan Wakeling, Lou Costello, Tommy Wonder, Roy Benson, Dai Vernon, Bob Kubota, and so many more talented magicians and comedians, too numerous to mention here.
As I perform different type/size shows my requirements vary. In general all I need is adequate performing space and possibly a side table and sound system (which I usually have with me).
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