Steve Cohen (born February 1, 1971) is an American magician who specializes in parlor magic. Sometimes called the "millionaires' magician", he performs regularly in a suite at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York and at private parties in other places.
Steve Cohen was born in Yonkers New York and raised in Yorktown Heights and Chappaqua in northern Westchester County, New York. He attended Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua and Cornell University, and also participated in a foreign exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo. He is fluent in the Japanese language, and has attained Level One certification in the Japanese Language Proficiency Examination. Since 1997, the Japanese magic manufacturer Tenyo Co, Ltd. has appointed Cohen to translate the instructional booklets for their international line of magic products from Japanese to English.
Cohen lived in Tokyo, Japan for five years, where he worked as a society entertainer at the Park Hyatt Tokyo hotel in Shinjuku. For the last two years of his stay in Tokyo, Cohen entertained guests weekly at the New York Bar & Grill, famous as the setting of Sofia Coppola’s film Lost in Translation.
In 2005, Harper Collins published his first book, Win the Crowd: Unlock the Secrets of Influence, Charisma and Showmanship in which he highlights the psychological secrets of magicians and how people can use these secrets in their everyday lives. The book has been translated into seven languages, including Turkish, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, and Indonesian.
Cohen holds the rank of MIMC (Member of the Inner Magic Circle) with Gold Star, awarded by the Magic Circle in London.
Cohen regularly presents his Chamber Magic show at the homes and events of wealthy individuals. Chamber Magic has been presented by Cohen in New York since April, 2000. The show's title was inspired by the term chamber music, the intimate form of classical music typically performed in sophisticated and smaller venues. Cohen has recreated the intimacy of 19th century parlor magic performances by performing in the close quarters of a private suite. His show is strongly influenced by the Viennese magician Johann Nepomuk Hofzinser (1806-1875), the father of parlor magic, who entertained an elite audience of invited guests three or four times a week.
Miracles at Midnight
In March 2009, Cohen launched a new show titled Miracles at Midnight which is billed as the world's most exclusive magic show. Audiences are limited to only twenty guests, and the show is held only once monthly, at midnight on the last Saturday of each month. Like Chamber Magic, this presentation also takes place in a private suite at the Waldorf Towers hotel in New York.
Cohen has appeared on numerous talk show and news programs, including The Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, Martha Stewart Living, CBS Sunday Morning, The History Channel, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, The Richard and Judy Show, and Night Talk on Bloomberg Television.
- Win the Crowd: Unlock the Secrets of Influence, Charisma and Showmanship (2005)
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