Max Maven

Max Maven

Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has “the most original mind in magic.” Fortuitously, he died before he could revise that opinion. The New York Times observed that Max’s “category-defying mind-reading show veers into conceptual art.” People magazine hailed his work as “a new form of participatory theater.” The Los Angeles Times stated that his “improvisational skill is enhanced by a charismatic animal magnetism.” No, we don’t know exactly what that’s supposed to mean, but audiences in over three dozen countries agree. Max Maven’s mysteries transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries. He’s performed on six of the seven continents (and, with all due respect, he feels he can live without Antarctica).

His television credits include guest-starring on such diverse shows as General Hospital and Top Chef Masters. He’s hosting eight network specials in Japan (performing in Japanese). Max is starring on series in Italy, Taiwan, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Israel, England and Canada, and appearing on shows in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Chile, Singapore, Thailand and South Korea. Behind the scenes, Max has been a consultant for most of the top names in contemporary magic. He’s also been an advisor on over one hundred television shows. He has published approximately two thousand articles, tricks and essays, and now he is very tired.

Thinking In Person

There are things that we can never know. There are things that we can know but never understand. Imagine an intellectual tightrope cinched between these two ideas. People Magazine called Max Maven’s Thinking In Person “a new form of participatory theater.” Audiences in over two dozen countries agree with Orson Welles, who wrote that Max Maven has “the most creative mind in magic.” With a unique sense of style and an acerbic wit that Variety described as “serpent-like,” Maven offers observations on a wide variety of topics ranging from abstract painting to Kabuki Theater, from theology to higher mathematics.  The result, as noted by the Chicago Tribune, is “wonderfully esoteric.” The LA Reader declared, “Amid the thuds of audience member’s jaws hitting the floor throughout the evening, it’s easy to overlook Maven’s seamless showmanship.”

The New York Times observed that his “category-defying mind-reading show veers into conceptual art.” People magazine hailed his work as “a new form of participatory theater.” The Los Angeles Times stated that his “improvisational skill is enhanced by a charismatic animal magnetism.”

Max Maven

Magical Jews

December 1910 was a busy Christmas season in London, England. The city’s variety theaters and music halls featured no less than thirty-one magicians. Of those, five were headliners. All five were Americans, and of those, four were Jews. (The fifth was a Scottish-American masquerading as a Chinese, but that is a subject for a different lecture.)

It has long been known that for well over a century of western history, the field of theatrical magic has contained a disproportionately large number of Jews. From Harry Houdini to David Copperfield, But no one has addressed the simple question. Why?

Until now.

Based on many years of research, renowned magic authority Max Maven has analyzed the reasons why the world of theatrical conjuring has long included more than ten times the percentage of Jews in the general population. The multiple answers are not always obvious. In fact, the explanations that most frequently come to mind turn out to be easily refutable!

With a modicum of encouragement, Max Maven will deliver Magical Jews for your group. The presentation can be tailored to run from one hour up to two, and can include some of Max’s award-winning mentalism that is, by definition, a celebration of Yiddishkeit.

The True Story of Magical Jews is Filled With Surprises.


Max’s knowledge was encyclopedic and he held the audience in rapt attention. While he was never academic, he managed to be both thorough and accessible. By the end of the evening, he had everyone begging him to perform some of the magic he had talked so expertly about, and he was happy to oblige.” – Skirball Museum

“Luckily for our libel attorneys and the historical knowledge of the general public, living legend Max Maven was on hand at the Skirball last night to speak exactly to this question, with no lack of solid statistics and jokes about goyim.” –LA Weekly

Max Maven


You’ve read the self-help books and listened to the tapes. You’ve got the skills and the motivation to take on the world. What’s the biggest obstacle standing in between you and success?

In a single word, communication. If you can’t effectively convey your ideas to others, you can’t reach your goals — get that job, make that sale, close that deal.

Now, what if there was a system that would guarantee to improve your ability to get your message across? More than that, what if there was a system that gave you the ability to substantially increase your ability to understand other people?

There is. It’s called MAXimize.

Max Maven has astonished audiences in over two dozen countries with demonstrations of “mindreading” built upon a thorough knowledge of such techniques as kinesics, proxemics, pupillometrics and metalinguistics. If we get past these fancy scientific terms, we mean non-verbal communication — what is popularly known as “body language.”

We tend to think of communication as being based on the words we speak, but the simple fact is that spoken language accounts for only about twenty percent of the information we give and take. The rest is covered by a range of non-verbal communications.

Each of us has an instinctive ability with this; we’ve been doing it literally since birth. However, few of us are consciously aware of the process; it just happens.

Now, imagine the advantages of learning to apply these techniques deliberately. That’s what the MAXimize system is all about.

Imagine using these techniques to control the ways that other people perceive you. You can refine and direct your message with a precision that is simply unavailable to the average person. Consider what an advantage this could give you in job interviews, sales meetings, and other important interactions.

But there’s more, because MAXimize involves a two-way process. Using these techniques will allow you to “read” another person with astonishing accuracy. With these techniques you will be able to go behind a person’s surface messages, and find out what they’re really thinking.

These communication secrets are not difficult to learn, because they are natural techniques that you are already using. What the MAXimize system provides is a practical and easy way to build your awareness and understanding of these techniques, so that you can use them to their fullest potential.

And there’s more, because Max Maven can also teach you remarkably easy ways to improve your memory skills, and show you practical methods to enrich your overall mental efficiency. He’s put together customized seminars for a wide range of academic, sales and business groups; he can do the same for your group.

Become a life-winner: MAXimize.


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