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Paul Romhany

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Paul Romhany
BornPaul Romhany
Auckland, New Zealand

Paul Romhany (b. 1968) is a New Zealand-born magician best known for his Charlie Chaplin magic act. He has been awarded many industry awards including the PCAM Gold Medal[1] and the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Top Variety Act award.[2] Paul has entertained the Royal Family of Monaco, performed at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood and appeared in over 100 countries.[3]


Paul Romhany was born in 1968 in Auckland, New Zealand. At the age of eight he saw his first Charlie Chaplin movie, The Circus, attended a live magic show, and became interested in ventriloquism. He joined the Shore City Magicians Club, a magic club with a focus on youth (which is no longer active). At the age twelve Paul won his first talent quest and began to perform semi-professionally.

He graduated from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1990 and a Diploma in Teaching from Auckland Teachers Training College in 1991.

Paul's first break in show-business came when he toured New Zealand and Australia as part of the World Festival of Magic show alongside American performers Chuck Jones and Ricki Dunn, who became a lifelong friend and mentor.

After many years of experimenting with different performing styles and characters Paul decided to concentrate on a Charlie Chaplin silent magic act, for which he has become internationally known.[3]

Paul has written over 24 books, including a best-selling book for the general public on cat readings. Paul releases a new book each month as part of his Pro-Series range of books for magicians. He has released over fifty original magic effects and routines, ranging from close-up to stage. He regularly lectures to magic clubs, and consults for magicians for both television and stage.

In 2012 he created 'Vanish' magazine, a free downloadable trade magazine for magicians. 'Vanish' is read by over 60,000 magicians worldwide.[4]

He discoved that he was distant relative of amateur magician Samuel Hooker.[5]

In October 2015 he was presented with the Grand Master of Magic Award, the highest honour available to a New Zealand magician.

Awards and honours

  • 2015 Grand Master of Magic Award
  • 2014 Robert Houdin Award, presented by Stevens Magic Emporium, Kansas, March 2013
  • 2012 Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Top Variety Act[2]
  • 2003 PCAM Gold Medal, People's Choice Award[1]
  • 1992 Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Rising Star Award[2]


  • The Real Deal - 2012
  • Flown Away - 2012
  • How To Tell Anybody's Personality By The Way They Laugh And Speak - 2011
  • Briefcase Illusion - 2011
  • Top Ten Travel Picks - 2011
  • Performing Mentalism for Young Minds Vl. 2 - 2011
  • Mental Epic Compendium - 2010
  • Extreme Magic MakeOver - 2010
  • Performing Mentalism for Young Minds Vl. 1- 2010
  • Magic from Down Under - 2009
  • Lunch Is Served - 2009
  • Extreme Magic Makeover - 2009
  • Entertaining On a Cruise Ship - Edition 1 - 2008
  • Laughter in the Workplace - 2008
  • Secrets of a Walk About Ventriloquist - 2004
  • Pawmistry - 1998

Pro-Series Books :

  • SwitchBoard Clipboard
  • Winning Numbers
  • Multiplying Bottles
  • Signed Card on Blue Stake
  • Bearly Impossible
  • Bill 2 Can
  • Color Change Hanky
  • Headline Prediction
  • Orange, Lemon, Egg & Canary
  • Six Card Repeat

DVDs :

  • Multiplying Bottles with DVD and Audio CD
  • Romhany On Stage
  • Lunch Date
  • Minuette Aces


  1. 1.0 1.1 PCAM Pro Challenge
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Awards
  3. 3.0 3.1 Captive Speakers Profile
  4. Vanish Magazine
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