Presto the Magician got a magic set for Christmas one year at a young age that marked the beginning of his interest in magic.  A coworker at a part time job in high school was always showing him magic tricks which piqued his curiosity and whet his appetite to pursue magic on his own.  This coworker taught him numerous magic tricks and told him that he could get magic tricks at a local magic fun shop. 


He met Allan 'Van' Cunningham at that shop, a well known local magician.  Presto took magic lessons from him for about a year and learned everything he could from Van.  Presto was also influenced by Jack Sutherland, owner of Sun Magic.  He began to pursue magic more seriously.  Presto attended several magic workshops with some of the following renowned magicians: Michael Ammar, David Ginn, Eugene Burger, and Harry Anderson of 'Night Court' fame to name a few.


Van was instrumental in helping Presto to audition successfully for Ronald McDonald Corporation to be the Arizona State Corporate Ronald McDonald.  Van worked with him intently to develop a show for his audition.  Presto was the Corporate Ronald McDonald for the State of Arizona full time for four years.  In which time he performed over 3000 school safety magic shows and a total of over 5000 shows as Ronald McDonald.


After he co-founded Happy Entertainment, he began to practice magic in earnest by learning his craft through performing at kid parties, corporate events and also attended the IJA (International Juggling Association) Convention to sharpen his juggling skills to incorporate them into his magic act.


Presto is currently available for the following:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Trade Shows
  • Walk-Around Magic
  • Corporate Events
  • Private Parties
  • School Shows
  • Magic Gram


Please see our Services page for more details on services offered for Presto's Magic Show.

Harry Anderson, Mary Lou, and Allan 'Van' Cunningham at the Magician's Work Shop.

Allan 'Van' demonstrating levitation with his assistant Martha back in 1958.

The Comedy Magician

Presto performing Walk-Around Magic in the early days at a Banquet for Motorola.

Presto attending a Magic Workshop conducted by Harry Anderson and Jack Sutherland.  Presto is on the far right, to the left is Harry Anderson, Leslie Anderson and Jack Sutherland.

Presto's Magical Story

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