The Magic of Haruo Shimada
From time to time, we find magicians who are in fact creating magical history right now, in the present. One such performer is the wonderful Japanese magician Haruo Shimada. Shimada was born in Tokyo in 1940. At an early age, he saw a ‘Tenyo” counter in a local department store that so fascinated him that he went back day after day to try and learn the secrets of Tenyo magic. He studied earnestly and practiced long and hard then eventually obtained a job with Tenyo demonstrating their range of magic tricks. It was the simple thumb tip that inspired him. After giving his first performance at age 18, Shimada went on to become one of the most successful performers of all time in the history of magic. Shimada has become known as the consummate, elegant classical performer. Throughout his magical career he has never spoken on stage and presents a dramatic silent act. With his compelling eyes, it is as though the audience were under some hypnotic spell watching him.