Michael Ammar (‘78 BS)

Michael Ammar, born and raised in Logan, W.Va., received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from WVU in 1978. Today, he is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living performers of magic. According to David Copperfield, he is “the magician’s magician.”

In 1982, Ammar became only the second American in the 45-year history of Lausanne, Switzerland’s World Congress of Magic (FISM) to win the Gold Medal in Close-up Magic. By 1990, the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood had awarded him its Oscar – equivalent in all six separate categories – the maximum number of voted awards for which he is eligible.

Ammar was selected out of hundreds of performers to be the only close-up magician on NBC’s 1998 World’s Greatest Magic V special. FOX Family Channel’s World Magic Awards named him Best Close-up Magician in 1999. He has performed on television in England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia as well. In 1999, Magic Magazine listed Ammar as one of the Most Influential Magicians of the 20th century. Tannens Magic in New York named him 2002 “Magician of the Year.” At George W. Bush’s Presidential Inaugural Banquet, he performed and coordinated all magic talent.

An author of more than a dozen books, Ammar has also published a magic magazine, three audio cassettes, and more than 50 best-selling magic videos and DVDs. Upon its release, The Magic of Michael Ammar (1991) became the fastest-selling magic book in history. Today, Michael Ammar magic products are sold worldwide, from Caesar’s Palace to Harrod’s.