About Speaker David Kwong…
David Kwong is no ordinary magician. He’s a New York Times crossword writer, TED speaker, Harvard grad, Broadway star/producer, and a consultant on blockbuster films like The Imitation Game. His debut book Spellbound draws upon his diverse body of work to reveal how the principles of illusion can be used to gain an edge on the competition. With easy charm and mind-bending tricks, Kwong shows us how to command attention, sway opinions, and sell ideas.
Puzzles and magic might not seem like the most logical companions, but Kwong sees a clear parallel between the two. In fact, he’d go as far as to say that magic tricks, when broken down, are puzzles. “These are things that can be broken down, they are based in science, they are based on being 1, 2, 3, 52 steps ahead of everybody else,” Kwong explains. And they work on us because as human beings, we are all “wired to solve” problems and “create order out of chaos.” In his book Spellbound: Master the Seven Principles of Illusion to Gain Influence, Captivate Audiences, and Unlock the Secrets of Success, Kwong shows us how to bridge the gap between perception and reality to increase our powers of persuasion and influence—in relationships, business, and beyond. In addition, Kwong debuted a brand new stage show, The Enigmatist, with Baseline Theatrical (producers of mega-hit Hamilton) and one of the production designers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
On stage, Kwong combines his unmatched knowledge of illusions with a showman’s command of the audience. But he’s more than an entertainer, with keynotes that fuse his seven principles with observable (and yes, entertaining) demonstrations. His insights on “Free Will Architecture”—easing others towards selecting something you proposed yourself—are fascinating to hear about, but even better to observe in action. Genuine, spontaneous, effortlessly deft—Kwong has been called “ridiculously engaging”—and that has less to do with illusion than natural charm.