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Piff the Magic Dragon is a British magician and comedian born on June 9, 1980, in South East London, England, in the United Kingdom.
John van der Put, famously known by his stage name Piff the Magic Dragon, was raised in London with his four brothers. He was motivated to become a magician after watching the 'Stuff The White Rabbit' show.
Piff the Magic Dragon studied computer sciences at college before quitting to study drama at the Central School Of Speech And Drama in London. He began performing in 2009 at the Free Fringe Festival, and his solo show set a new record for biggest takings in a single night. In 2011, he featured in the debut season of the British-American magic show 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us' and put up a magnificent performance that ushered him into the limelight in the magic industry.
A few years later, he auditioned for 'America's Got Talent' and made it through the semi-finals, and though he did not win the grand prize, he received a standing ovation and was among the Top 10. John van der Put is a multi-awarded winner of several British magic societies' awards and has toured as a supporting act for Mumford & Sons. He has been named one of Variety's 10 Comics To Watch and has had national tours of Australia and the UK, including appearances at the Sydney Opera House and Soho Theatre.
Piff the Magic Dragon is one of the world's most famous and influential magicians. Piff the Magic Dragon's estimated net worth is $2.3 million.
Piff the Magic Dragon earns most of his income from selling show tickets at an average of $60. Piff the Magic Dragon generates annual estimated revenue of $150,000.
John van der Put, the famous British comedian, is 5 ft 6 in (170 cm) tall.
Piff the Magic Dragon was born on June 9, 1980. He is 42 years old as of 2022.
John van der Put was born in South East London, England, on June 9, 1980. He developed an interest in magic performances at an early age after he watched Jerry Sadowitz perform on the BBC2 show 'Stuff The White Rabbit'. When Piff the Magic Dragon turned 18, he became a member of the British magic organization, The Magic Circle, and the youngest member to lecture there. On the advice of his parents, Piff the Magic Dragon studied for a Computer Science degree at college. Still, after falling ill at 25, he decided to quit his IT studies and pursue a professional career as a magician.
John van der Put, aka Piff the Magic Dragon, is married to his Las Vegas showgirl and actress, Jade Simone.
Piff the Magic Dragon is a British magician and comedian best known for wearing dinosaur costumes and performing at The Flamingo in Las Vegas with a chihuahua named Mr. Piffles.
John van der Put, famously known by his stage name, Piff the Magic Dragon, began performing as a kid at gospel magic shows in London. Piff the Magic Dragon launched his magic career at 25 after he dropped out of college to study drama.
The British comedian Piff the Magic Dragon began preparing for his professional performances in 2008 when he created his stage persona, a green, red and yellow dragon costume, and made his debut at the Free Fringe Festival a year later. At the show, Piff the Magic Dragon broke the record for the highest takings in one night, and two years later, he made an appearance on the debut season of 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'. His performance at the show was stunning, and the act was voted Channel 5's 'Tv's 50 Greatest Magic Tricks', but in 2012, A Ukrainian magician copied the trick.
Later in 2012, he went on a tour with Mumford & Sons, promoting his brand, and moved to Las Vegas to join The Cosmopolitan's Rose. He gained more fame in 2015 when he participated in the 10th season of America's Got Talent and advanced to the semi-finals when his act of blasting Mr. Piffles from a cannon and reappearing a signed bill within a walnut was not enough to send him to the finals. His act was later ranked one of the Top 10. In October 2020, Piff the Magic Dragon signed a three-year contract with Caesars Entertainment Corporation and relocated to the Flamingo Showroom in Las Vegas.
Piff the Magic Dragon is also an artistic director. He co-founded StandNotAmazed, a theatrical cabaret company, with famous alumni Maya Politaki, Alexis Terry, and Lucy Cullingford of the Central School Of Speech And Drama. As an artistic director, he has produced the famous award-winning show 'Love And Other Magic Tricks' with Maya Politaki, served as a consultant to Penn & Teller and worked as a magic advisor for Theatre-Rites.
Piff the Magic Dragon has won numerous British magic societies' awards. In 2008, he won the British Ring Close-up Magician Of The Year, and from 2011 through 2016, The Magic Circle awarded him their Close-up Magician Of The Year, Stage Magician Of The Year, the Carlton Award, and an induction into the Inner Ring With Gold Star. For his performance at the 2009 Buxton Festival Fringe, his show won the Best Comedy Show and Best Production awards and was nominated for the Best New Writing award. Piff the Magic Dragon was nominated for the 2012 Time Out And Soho Theatre Cabaret Award and won the Time Out Critic's Choice award.
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