Michael Grandinetti, illusionist
Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician. Named by Entertainment Weekly as “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience,” Hidden Remote states Grandinetti is “a fan favorite with charisma and an easy rapport with an audience” and Digital Journal touts him as “one of magic’s best loved magicians, the one to watch.”
With performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, Grandinetti has performed with Oscar-winning composers and symphony orchestras, for NFL and NBA halftime shows and major sporting events, in large-scale parades, and even at The White House. Michael has made a name for himself around the world as a talented and innovative illusionist.
Over the past 20 years, Michael has been driven to make magic contemporary and to give it a wide, mainstream appeal. He has had starring roles on NBC’s “The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II,” The CW’s “Masters of Illusion,” and POP’s “Don’t Blink.” Michael’s magic has been featured on the Emmy-nominated FOX series “Bones,” “The Today Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Hollywood Christmas Parade,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “SportsCenter,” “NBA on TNT,” and “FOX & Friends.” Michael has also appeared as a guest on radio shows across the country and in media including Parade Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, AXS.com, Hidden Remote, Starpulse, The Huffington Post, MAGIC Magazine, Young Hollywood, Pittsburgh Magazine, The Beverly Hills Times Magazine, Go! Magazine, DC Life Magazine, Tucson Living, and with multiple appearances on The Marilu Henner Radio Show.
Michael was recently featured on CNBC’s “Make It”, a series about people who have achieved success in challenging industries, as well as on the cover of TV Times magazine, released nationally in newspapers across the U.S.
Michael combined the worlds of magic and music when he created special performances and appeared as a featured guest artist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. During these shows, while the orchestras played musical selections specially themed for each illusion, Michael magically transformed a tuxedo into the orchestra’s conductor, made roses bloom on the stage, levitated into the air while surrounded by the playing orchestra, and, for a finale, caused the orchestra itself to read the minds of the audience by playing pieces of music they were only thinking of.
Possessing a true passion for amazing live audiences, Michael has performed at a wide range of venues including Heinz Hall with Oscar-winning producer and composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, A.J. Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh, Harrah’s Resorts in Atlantic City and San Diego, Gallo Center for the Arts and Gold Country Casino in Northern California, United Center in Chicago, Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, Grand Central Station in New York City, the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii, on the red carpet of ESPN’s ESPY Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and at The White House Easter Celebration.
Michael was also honored to be the first illusionist ever invited to perform in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC. During this remarkable celebration of our country, Michael levitated a girl high above one of the floats as it moved down Constitution Avenue while an audience of 250,000 people lined the streets.
In addition, Michael was recently one of the headlining performers in “Masters of Magic”, a large-scale production show which ran nightly for two months at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Presented on the world’s largest indoor stage, a full acre in size, Michael caused a 500lb motorcycle to appear in mid-air, levitated 10ft into the air under bright lights at the front of the stage, created interactive magic with everyone in the theater at the same time, and melted his body through the center of a 7ft tall wall of solid, examined steel.
Michael is currently one of the stars of the hit CW television series “Masters of Illusion,” now in its fifth season and airing in over 100 countries around the world. Masters of Illusion showcases the world’s top magicians and illusionists in front of a live audience in Hollywood.
Michael Grandinetti has come a long way since he received his first magic set for Christmas, and performed his first show, at the age of 5. Through his work, Michael Grandinetti is making the art of magic modern, innovative, charismatic, and exciting while showing audiences around the world that nothing is impossible.