Performing for tourists in San Francisco, featured on JB Benn’s Travel Channel show “Magic Man”
As well as you think you may know someone, there are always aspects of their life that may surprise you — or even aspects of their life that you’ll never truly uncover.
This is especially true with celebrities. When someone becomes famous, the public gains 24/7 hour access to their life. If they’re not in the spotlight because they’re at an event or being interviewed by a television personality, they are being followed around by the paparazzi. The public gets to know celebrities in ways that they might not even know the people in their own lives. You know who they’re dating, when they break up, where they like to go for dinner, what their favorite food is — I’m talking everything.
But sometimes you get to learn things about someone you haven’t read online, seen in a photograph, or heard on television. You’ve heard of artist and entertainer JB Benn. He is hailed as being one of the most talented close-up illusionists in the world. Maybe you know him from his hit series Magic Man that aired on the Travel Channel or his other television series Mondo Magic, which aired on A&E. Or maybe you just know him from the performances he’s put on for a variety of famous figures. Wherever you recognize him from, JB Benn, someone who is often referred to as the ‘Master of the Invisible’, has a lot more to him than many people know. Here are six of them:
1. Benn’s first two spectators were famous
JB Benn has always been passionate about entertaining. At the age of 16, Benn randomly stumbled into a New York restaurant in Gramercy Park to show off some of his coin and card tricks. Little did he know he was at the right place at the right time. He ended up performing his magic act to Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek and his wife, Paulina Porizkova. Five years later, he was being hired to perform at corporate events and private parties.
2. Benn has performed for royalty
JB Benn is best known for his television shows, but he takes pride in having performed for the royal family of Monaco. Entertaining royalty is not something that many performers can say they’ve ever done, and it is also an experience that cannot be replicated.
3. Benn has taken multiple survival skill courses
You may already know that JB Benn is a fan of the great outdoors. In addition to owning a property in New York, he also owns a home in the woods that serves as a space for him to get away from the noise and chaos of city life. His love of nature sparked an interest in learning about primitive survival skills, which landed Benn at the Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS). He has taken multiple courses so far, and Cat Bigney, who was a survival expert on The Great Human Race, is among his instructors.
4. When Benn travels, it’s not to your typical destination
Who doesn’t love a nice vacation? Some prefer the wilderness, others the beach, but when JB Benn travels, he prefers remote locations. Some of his favorite places include secluded parts of Africa and New Guinea.
5. Benn’s is also passionate about art
As an artist himself, it makes sense that JB Benn is interested in the arts, but he especially loves art history and ancient history.
6. Benn has a repertoire of unique clients
I’ve already mentioned that two of Benn’s first spectators were famous celebrities, but the list doesn’t stop there. JB Benn has also performed for notable figures such as Warren Buffet, Bono, and Mary Tyler Moore. His corporate clients include companies like HBO, Rolling Stone, and even Google.
Hopefully you know a bit more about JB Benn than you did when you first started reading!