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You’ve come to the right place! The Academy of Magical Arts, the premier Magic association in the world.

Get a jump-start on learning from some of the best magicians around. Our instructors, with decades of experience as professional magicians, will guide you through the Past, Present and Future of magic theory.

You do not need to be a member of the Academy to sign up for magic classes. These classes also make a great gift for a loved one, a Holiday gift, Birthday gift, or even a Pandemic gift for someone you know has always wanted to take magic classes.

Our Magic classes are a first step in possibly becoming a member of our club. If you have questions about becoming a Magician or Associate (the AMA’s non- magician membership) member of the Academy, please contact


2024 Classes will be posted by September 15, 2023. 

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Rich Cowley


Rich Cowley has been an Academy member since 1991 and, in that time, has “worn a lot of hats”: Video Committee chairman, Secretary of the Board of Directors, Communications Director, frequent showroom performer, occasional lecturer, and (most recently) instructor in the Academy’s Magic University. Before moving to California to join the AMA, Rich made his living as a street performer in Philadelphia for almost 15 years, becoming the second-longest-running show of its kind in the country. His ability to engage, his simplicity of approach, and his unique ‘spin’ on just about every magical effect he performs makes him one of the most admired instructors we have!




Alfonso became a member of the Magic Castle in 1983 and has performed in every one of our showrooms and bars, totaling close to 2500 performances. With years of teaching experience, we eagerly invited him to be an instructor within Magic University. He has spent nearly 20 years teaching magic at after school enrichment programs and summer camps. He’s been invited to lecture and share his magic creations and performing ideas with magicians as far as Spain, Japan, Finland, and London, as well as many lectures here in the USA. He is also sought out by other professional magicians to help fine-tune their routines. Alfonso’s loves for magic and his easy going style can help get you on the fast track to performing magic!


Cydney Kaplan


has performed for local and international audiences including a virtual show for the world-famous Magic Castle in July 2021 as well as appearing in the Close Up Room at the Castle. She was one of three finalist for the International Brotherhood of Magic (IBM) Close Up Magician in 2021. She is a respected magician amongst her peers and is passionate about helping others. She does weekly magic shows for psychiatric patients in the Hospital and volunteers at local VA Hosptipal doing bedside magic.  


Adam Wylie


is an actor and entertainer for over 30 years. As an award winning actor he uses his skills of crowd control, improv, and expert misdirection to provide the most entertaining experience possible to compliment his magic. A sleight of hand specialist, Adam’s knowledge of card, coin, rubber band magic, and mentalism is extensive. He has won several awards for his sleight of hand magic as well as earning the title of Magic Castle champion of strolling magic. Adam has expanded his magic to the social media world having gained notoriety for his sketch comedy magic videos, which has garnered him a following of over 2 million followers. You can see his work on Tiktok, Instagram, and YouTube under @thisisadamwylie 


Simone Turkington


a long-time devotee to classy vintage styles, Simone brings the sights and sounds of the 60s to her magic. A mix of visual, card, and mentalism effects make up her repertoire. Simone is a member of the prestigious Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle where she is a regular performer in The Parlour of Prestidigitation, The Close-up Gallery and Peller Theatre. She is a contributor to The Linking Ring magazine and has taught tutorials for Penguin Magic.  She has taken her unique style of magic all over the US and the world to Australia, New Zealand and the UK. She aspires to live up to what she wrote on her childhood magic kit: Prepare to be Amazed.


David Gabbay


has been seen on Nickelodeon, ABC’s “Nightline,” Science Channel’s “through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman, or at one of his many appearances as a feature performer at the Magic Castle. He has performed around the world for private events and corporate parties. David’s celebrated independent productions, “ Caught in a MirCle,” Bijan the Magijan” and “Wonderlust,” have drawn audiences far and wide. He is also a magic industry thought-leader who has created effects for professional magicians globally.  He is the 2011 First Place Close Up Magician at the Texas Association of Magicians convention.  


Robert Ramirez


the only magician to perform in all 5 showrooms as a featured performer at the world-famous Magic Castle in a single year. He is a resident magician, also known as the Official Mythical Party Magician, for the hit YouTube channel Good Mythical Morning (17.5 Million Subscribers) with Rhett and Link. His style and creative magic has taken him all around the world, performing at ll of the largest magic conventions in the world, has been a, and has been featured on the CW's Masters of Illusions and twice on the hit TV show, Penn and Teller: Fool Us. He was recently the cover story of the longest running magic magazine in the world, Genii magazine.  


Raul Fernandez


a retired educator, who directs Magic University for the Academy of Magical Arts (AMA) at the world-famous Magic Castle. He is a magician member of the AMA as well as an active member in the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), Society of American Magicians (SAM) and Past President of the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians (PCAM). He is a strong believer and supporter of magic education to maintain and develop the magic craft worldwide. He is English/Spanish bilingual and hosts a monthly Spanish Zoom broadcast for the SAM.