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Matt Baker has been performing magic since the age of 10. He has won multiple awards for his magic, including the Atlanta Society of Magicians' “Top Dog” trophy and the 2015 Greater Atlanta Magician of the Year award. Don’t expect rabbits and hats: Matt’s specialty is sleight-of-hand card magic, but he also performs astonishing feats of mind reading and has been known to make impossible things happen with coins, rubber bands, and finger rings. Matt performs strolling magic at cocktail parties and also does formal close-up and stage shows at banquets, fundraisers, schools, and private events. He loves creating original magic routines, and his work has been featured in some of the leading magic journals in the world (including Genii and The Linking Ring). He is currently working on a book of original magic.
Big Daddy Cool is the swingin’ alter ego of award-winning entertainer, broadcaster, and storyteller John B. Pyka. For over 20 years, John B. Pyka has been entertaining audiences all over the world with his distinctive theatrical fusion of Vocal Music, Amazing Magic, and Situational Comedy with Larger-Than-Life Characters and Audience Participation. He is an award-winning actor, singer and magician whose credits include MTV's Spring Break, A&E's An Evening At The Improv, the touring production of the Broadway Musical Closer Than Ever, Norman Bulansky in ABC's The Boys Next Door, PBS documentary Magical Time Travelers, and the BBC special The Convention Crasher. John also fulfilled a dream recently when he was invited to appear as a guest vocalist at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City with the New England Symphony in a performance of Fuare's "Requiem." As an entertainer John has appeared all over the country performing for millions of people in nearly every venue imaginable; from singing at Carnegie Hall, to appearing on the BBC documentary The Convention Crasher and appeared as “Big Daddy Cool” in the Off-Broadway production of Swingin' At The Roxy.
John has appeared in nearly 1000 stage productions, on every major TV network and in 4 major motion pictures. He has performed magic in some of the best restaurants and nightclubs in the country, including the Improv, The Laugh Factory, Zanies, Bamboozles, and Saratoga's premiere nightspot, Gaffiney's. In addition, he has performed for numerous corporate clients, including Churchill Downs, Dillards, Shell Oil, Habitat for Humanity, Mercedes Benz, Symantec, and the Amway Corporation. He is a three-time Champion of Magic, and a two-time recipient of the Houdini Award for Variety Artist of the Year.