Born on October 25th 1982 in Cape Town, Larry Soffer childhood dream of becoming a magician has finally become a reality.
From a young age, Larry was in awe of David Copperfield’s charisma and showmanship and at the age of 13 years, he enrolled at the College of Magic in Cape Town where he studied the art of magic for 4 years and he graduated with a Silver Medallion – the highest accolade which one can achieve.
Interestingly, the summer before Larry enrolled at the college, his family friend read a book by Linda Goodman called ‘Star Signs’ and they discovered that through a numerological chart that the letters in Larry’s name (when added up) mean ‘The Magician’ …
Whilst his destiny might have been preordained, success is never achieved by simply waving a wand.
With hard work and perseverance, Larry managed to divide his time between school, working on his skills and performing at corporate and private events through Speakers Inc
This young and independent man shone at the College of Magic, winning several National and Provincial Championships and all but one of his course competitions.
World famous Las Vegas magicians, Siegfried and Roy were very impressed with Larry’s talent and his enthusiasm and they awarded him the SARMOTI (the Siegfried and Roy Masters of the Impossible) Grant, a bursary, for his final year of study at the College of Magic.
After graduation, Larry took interest in Mentalism and started studying it on his own. Mentalism can be explained as magic of the mind and includes acts of mind reading, metal bending, and telekinesis.
He expanded these abilities to the extent of demonstrating them on television and radio, affecting people across these platforms in their own homes, making their spoons and forks bend, fixing broken watches, making lightbulbs burst, making their TV’s switch on and creating other inexplicable phenomena.
Larry has travelled to several countries across the globe, entertaining local and international celebrities and notables such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Harry, Michael Jackson, Hootie & The Blow Fish, Luke Perry, Andy Macdowell, Ruby Wax, Mike and the Mechanics, Vinnie Jones, former South African President, F.W de Klerk, former South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, the SA Cricket and Rugby teams, PJ Powers, Zuraida Jardine, DJ Fresh, Lee-Anne Liebenberg … to mention a few …
In 2006, Larry was invited to the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, a club which holds the most prestigious magicians in the world as its members.
He then became the youngest South African to ever perform there and the only one to be awarded membership, making him the only African member of this elite group of magicians.
He has expanded his skills into the full corporate arena and he is always taking his award-winning magic to new heights.
Larry Soffer-Conference Magician Entertainer hopes to inspire people to ‘Believe to See’ instead of Seeing to Believe, opening their minds to new possibilities through the art of magic, getting them to see the world through the eyes of a child again and believing in the impossible, thereby creating their own dreams.
The Magic of Larry Soffer has spearheaded itself into a brand and he is the most influential name in Magic in South Africa today.
Larry’s show options include:
Stand-Up Stage Show
Looking for unforgettable entertainment for your next corporate event? Every year, hundreds of companies across the country turn to Larry Soffer for memorable entertainment.
Whether it’s for an audience of 50 people or 6000, this show has been booked by some of the country’s biggest companies and it continues to delight audiences from coast to coast.
This show combines amazing mind reading, metal bending, and telekinesis demonstrations with side-splitting comedy and non-stop audience participation.
Imagine your guests’ delight when Larry reveals their inner most thoughts, controls their actions and predicts their every move!
This show is ideal for corporate banquets, conferences, holiday events and any other corporate events where you want to leave your guests amazed, laughing, and talking about the show for months.
For corporate functions or product launches, Larry Soffer-Conference Magician Entertainer can incorporate the company’s products into his show, which gives the audience a unique experience and it is also a favourite for companies.
Walk-Around Close Up Performance
When it comes to corporate entertainment, there are a lot of choices out there.
Close-up strolling magic is a great way to make guests feel at ease and entertained during the cocktail hour.
Larry performs his magic and mentalism in the hands of your guests using cards, coins, jewellery and other props.
He also makes objects move and levitate without touching them, reading people’s minds and bending metal objects such as coins, keys and forks.
This intimate style of performance allows the flow of the party to move uninterrupted and it is an excellent ice-breaker.
During the cocktail hour, at the dinner table, for pre/post-show entertainment, at trade shows or in a hospitality suite, your guests will continue to be surprised as Larry creates a stir throughout the room.
He takes up very little space except for the inquisitive swarm of people that he undoubtedly attracts.
Larry Soffer spends a few minutes at each table performing dazzling feats of magic and mentalism and leaving your guests bewildered and amazed.
Much of his material is visual such as levitation of different objects on the table. The beauty about this type of magic is that it will complement any part of your event. Follow SI on Twitter
(A Special Combo Package of the stand-up stage show and the walk-around close up performance is also available).
For companies looking for something flashy, Larry Soffer provides a variety of Stage Illusions.
Some of them include the magical appearance of the company president or CEO on stage, or the levitation or disappearance by an assistant, who then instantly appears at the back of the auditorium.
This show features breath taking visual illusions, as well as highly interactive mind illusions.
Larry Soffer displays his extraordinary human abilities; by levitating a paper rose and within a flash of fire, he transforms it into a real rose. And that, is just the beginning …
Throughout the show, Larry will also perform his renowned mind reading demonstrations. It’s all part of an all-round special entertainment experience.