Dean of the Society of American Magicians
Mr. Showbiz… George Schindler …not only loves magic, he loves to entertain. He lives to bring a touch of magic and a bit of humor to corporate magic, trade shows and sales meetings. George is a talented magician, actor, theatrical consultant and comedian who combines drama, illusion and humor with solid business strategies to enhance the special events of his corporate clients.
However, George Schindler’s talents extend far beyond the corporate arena. George, who loves theater and acting, starred as “Chandu the Great” in Woody Allen’s New York Stories (1989) and produced his own “World of Illusion” show. George is always in demand for his close-up magic performances and he and his charming wife Nina, perform a popular “club-date” act. Despite a busy performing schedule, he has found time to write numerous books, including “Magic with Everyday Objects,” “Basic Balloon Sculpture,” “Ventriloquism, Magic with Your Voice,” And “Presto! Magic for the Beginner”. He co-authored “Magic With Cards” with Frank Garcia. George continues to lecture to magicians and has appeared throughout the United States and Canada and has appeared in Austria, Australia, Great Britain, Japan and New Zealand. George and Nina were recognized for their expertise in magic and the performing arts when they were chosen as curators of the 1985 “Magic Past and Present” magic exhibit at Lincoln Center in New York.
George Schindler served the Society of American Magicians as National President in 1992-1993, has been elected to the Society’s Hall of Fame (1994), serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society of American Magicians Magic Endowment Fund, and is chairman of its Houdini Hospital Fund. He is a life member and was awarded Honorary membership, the Society’s highest honor. George was the honoree of their 2007 convention in Dallas, Texas. He is also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Order of Merlin), Magician’s Alliance of Eastern States, Society of American Ventriloquists, Australian Society of Magicians, and holds a gold star MIMC membership in the Magic Circle, England’s most prestigious magic society.
In 1986, the Society of American Magicians in New York recognized him as their “Magician of the Year” for his outstanding contributions as a performer, author, and lecturer, and for his continuous contributions to the advancement of the art of magic. He was awarded the Senator Crandall Comedy award at Abbott’s Magic in 1999 and received the lifetime S. A. M. title of Dean of American Magicians in 2005, succeeding Jay Marshall. The same year he accepted the Milbourne Christopher “Lifetime Achievement Award”. He also received the Academy of Magical Arts 2016 “Lifetime Achievement Fellowship.” George Schindler’s talents have taken him around the world and into the hearts of many. Those who have been treated to his extraordinary wit and wisdom have unknowingly shared his passion for the art of magic and his philosophy which can be expressed in two words: