Derek Hughes Is a One-Of-a-Kind Theatrical Magician and Mentalist

Derek Hughes, magic, magician

Written by Tim Grable

August 1, 2017


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Derek Hughes’s specialty is magic, comedy, and acting. He is confident that the experience and the emotions transmitted by a magic performance cannot be captured in a recording, even if it is in high-definition.

Derek has become quite popular after he was a finalist on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. He managed to win the fifth place.

Hughes is, first of all, a magician. However, he keeps his audience savoring his whole performance by personalizing his magic acts with theatrical inputs and sometimes even mentalist acts.

He is already proven through the years he is a great performer by participating on MTV, VH1, Comedy CentralPenn & Teller’s Fool Us. His biggest achievement on TV performance so far is getting to in the finals of the America’s Got Talent show in 2015.

His act from the finals was funny, as well as magical:

America's Got Talent 2015 Derek Hughes Finals

What Derek Hughes Has to Offer

There is a reason why his acts have managed to get on the top stages. With over 30 years of experience in the illusions field he is managed to master:

  • MicroMagic where he does card, ropes and ping-pong ball tricks
  • Mentalism
  • Theatrical Illusions
  • Comedy Magic

He is the performer who is committed to blowing the minds of the audiences and turning skeptics into believers

In his live shows, he combines his witty sense of humor with his unique performance in the art of conjuring.

Derek Hughes Is a One-Of-a-Kind Theatrical Magician and Mentalist

Besides the TV and Vegas shows, he has also performed at Business and Corporate events, as well as College campuses across the United States of America.

Derek’s Take on Magic

When French magician Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin became well-known, magicians were pretty much always wearing a top hat or a wizard look-alike hat and a tuxedo. Don’t forget to add the three-legged table as a prop to this image.

Moreover, the thing is this was how people portrayed magicians until Robert-Houdin came along and then the famous David Blaine.

He remembers how David Blaine performed a show called Street Special, where he wore jeans and a T-shirt.

That way, people would not attribute “special powers” to him because he looked like an ordinary person and not a magician.

Derek Hughes became interested in the notion of magic since he was 10.

He started taking acting classes when he was young because he found that acting gave him the power to make people believe when he was telling a story.

At age 12, he went to see Doug Henning perform, who is a Canadian magician and illusionist.

Since he had at that time in magic for about two years, he raised his hand when Henning asked for an assistant. Derek felt that Henning would pick him.

On stage, he told Henning that he was a magician as well. Derek looked at the crowd, and in that very moment, he knew that being a magician is his true calling and passion.

Why Your Audience Will Love This One-Of-a-Kind Magician

Derek Hughes does not only promise; he truly delivers on stage. As Magic was an important part of his life even during his childhood surgeries, he gives it all when performing for a live audience.

The attendees at your event will love his performance because:

  • He incorporates the audience by letting them believe he will explain his tricks
  • Fails and errors are just elements of humor for Derek on stage
  • His range includes tricks which will keep you at the edge of your seat to illusions with a story
  • Members of the audience get to participate in his acts actively
  • He continually works on enhancing his performance

One act which took him lots of time to create was the one presented in the Semi-finals of the AGT shows. He wrote the poem for the act and collaborated with Nathan Christopher for the artwork.

However, you need to see it for yourself to truly take it in:

America's Got Talent 2015 Derek Hughes Semi-Final 1

Derek Hughes – One of a Kind Theatrical MagicianMagically Theatrical Comedy Allows Derek Hughes to Level Up Your EventAside from being on America’s Got Talent, Derek also performed magic on MTVVH1Comedy CentralPenn & Teller’s Fool Us on the CW.

He is the only magician who was invited to perform at HBO’s prestigious Comedy Arts Festival. Let’s not forget that he was also the “go-to” fill-in for the legendary Mac King at Harrah’s in Las Vegas.

Derek’s contagious sense of humor and mind-blowing magic shows have made him one of the most sought-after entertainers for various events.

The New York Times has called Derek’s performance “Engaging, artful and smart.” 

Audiences can see his shows at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California. Five years in a row, he has been nominated for Parlour Magician of the Year.

Despite all of his appearances, Derek’s biggest love is performing live, being in front of an audience and seeing their faces.

He knows how to combine storytelling with his theatrical skills and the result is an entertaining show, and his tricks really feel like magic.

If you want to provide a truly magical experience to your guests at the next party or event, we highly recommend Derek Hughes as an entertainer.

Let Your Event’s Audience Enjoy His Performance Too

It is great to have an illusionist or mentalist at your event, but with Hughes, you get both, plus a bit of humor. Even Teller considered him to be:

“Engaging, artful and smart.”

That is why you should contact us online if you would like to book him for your next event. You can also reach us by phone at 615-283-0039.

Your event will not only have a one-of-kind Magician, but also a dedicated performer who understands and enjoys his work above all. Derek Hughes will surprise and make you laugh at the same time.

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