ABOUT DOUG MCKENZIE

Doug McKenzie is a magician and mentalist who has developed a reputation as one of the most innovative names in magic. He travels the globe performing for clients that include titans of industry, heads of state and royalty. Whether he is stealing watches from Paris Hilton and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s wrists unnoticed or making Trudie Styler appear from thin air, Doug’s unique brand of magic will bring delight to anyone.

An accomplished and elegant sleight of hand entertainer, Doug has performed on the same bill with the likes of Liza Minelli, Cher, Prince, Dave Matthews, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and David Blaine. He is fluent in English, German, and Arabic and can be sure to charm any audience to feel the surreal.

In addition to his interactive live performances, Doug is recognized by his fellow magicians for his creative contributions to the art of magic. As an integral member of David Blaine’s team, Doug consulted on and produced David’s prime-time ABC specials for more than a decade. Doug also developed the magic for the BAFTA nominated Dynamo - Magician Impossible television series in the U.K. that went on to air in more than 150 countries. His vast insights into magic have also afforded Doug the opportunity to lecture graduate art students at New York University and math students at Princeton University.

Born in Scotland, Doug has lived all over the world including The Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. He is currently based in New York City and holds a B.S in finance and international business from New York University’s Stern School of Business. 

What People Are Saying...

  • Much more than an amazing magician to me. Doug is a dear friend and someone that inspires me in many ways.
    — David Blaine
  • It's so rare and thrilling to be fooled by good magic. @dougmckenzie fried me last night with a card trick. I'm still tingling.
    — Teller (Penn & Teller)
  • Doug is a joy to have around as a man and as a magician. He charms everyone, from myself, to my son, to my grandmother.
    — Liv Tyler
  • You were a huge hit and one of the highlights of the night! Some of the guests said you were so good that it was scary.
    — Jessica Sibley (Publisher, The Week)
  • Your presence added a unique touch of enchantment to the evening. Many people talked to me about your effortless charm, and your knack for making the magical seem natural.
    — Dr. Edgar Choueiri (Princeton University)
  • You were a hit, as usual. We'll definitely have you back for more. Thank you!
    — Erich Berendt (NBC Universal)
  • Thank you so very much! As always, you were just beyond amazing.
    — Kelly Lombardo (AQR Capital)
  • Doug, you were fabulous. Thank you so much!
    — Janet Ruttenberg

See Doug in Action ...

WRITTEN BY THE EDITORS OF Cool hunting

For the second video from our Lincoln Hello Again Series, we spent several days with an enchanting man. Doug McKenzie (who has produced magic for the likes of David Blaine) is one of the world's premiere close-up magic artists. But Doug's interest in the illusion goes far beyond typical street magic; he has made it his mission to incorporate new technologies into his work, making a seemingly mundane cellphone the key to a mind-blowing performance. We went out on the streets of New York City with McKenzie to watch him surprise and delight passers-by, and we learned quite a bit about where magic comes from in the process.