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Lance Richardson

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Lance Richardson
BornLance Curtis Richardson

Lance Richardson is an art director and inventor of magical theatrical effects. He has written and produced over four books, DVDs and manuscripts on magic.


Richardson, who's father was a magician, was exposed to magic at a very young age and often used his father’s props as toys. When he was thirteen, he helped his father out at a show for the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM). It was his job to preset the illusions backstage, and it was the moment his formal interest in magic began.

At the show he met Brett Stevens, who offered to act as a teacher in return for occasional help. This informal internship led to Lance developing a dove routine then acting as art director for the first illusion he ever built, a Lady in Six. Brett taught Lance the importance of customizing each prop to fit the show and the magician’s unique performance style.

As a teenager, Lance performed for the El Paso Festival, the MDA telethon, the Amigo Air show, various private events, and birthday parties. As he grew in age and experience, Lance realized that his true calling lay in designing effects for fellow magicians, and he set out to make it a business. He created Excalibur, a Sword Basket illusion without a basket. While sales were weak, Lance used it as a learning experience. The next illusion he built was the Web, which is currently custom built by Dream Illusions.

Since his interest turned to Art Direction and Illusion Design, Lance has worked as an Art Director on several projects for Ken Whitaker and Paul Haynes of Creative Illusions, and for Production Stage Works. He served as Magic Consultant and stage manager for Kevin Ridgeway and Kristen Johnson of Living Illusions when they shot Inside The Houdini Museum for the Discovery Channel. He created a Sub Trunk for Jason Alexander of Alexander Magic and a Sword Flight instructional DVD, now distributed by Murphy’s Magic.

Currently, Lance is developing and releasing illusions in book form as part of his "Mockup Illusion Design" series.[1][2]

Licensed Illusions

  • The Web
  • Shattered Reality


  • Sword Flight eBook & DVD (2004)
  • Shattered Reality (2010)
  • The Heist (2011)
  • The Web (2012)


  • Ridgeway & Johnson - Production
  • Sean Scott - Product Development
  • Ridgeway & Johnson - Inside The Houdini Museum TV shoot for the Discovery Channel


  1. Website
  2. Personal Facebook page
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