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Simon Coronel

Corporate, Entertainer, Inspirational Speaker, Speaking Out, Storyteller/Performer

Simon Coronel is one of the most skilled illusionists in the Southern Hemisphere. Using pure dexterity and no tricky props, he creates live performance art that seems utterly impossible.

He is the winner of more than 15 international awards, and in 2009 became the fourth Australian in history to win an award at the FISM World Championships of Magic and Illusion. He has appeared on TV in four countries and is one of the few Australians to be regularly invited to perform at the world famous Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood.

Where were you born?

Melbourne, Australia

What other jobs have you had?

Business Consultant, Recruitment Services Manager, Software Engineer, Data Analyst, Assistant Librarian, Catering Staff, Dish Washer, Second Hand Bookseller, Official Y2K Bug Hunter for the Women’s Mercy Hospital (yes, really)

What themes are recurring in your work?

Themes of perception, reality, and possibility. I’d be lying if I told you that ‘anything is possible’, but far more things are possible than most people think. Few people succeed by doing the standard, normal, expected thing.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Being booked as a featured performer at the Academy of Magical Arts (‘The Magic Castle’) in Hollywood, representing Australia at the 2009 World Magic Championships and winning 3rd place, and the first time I was asked to speak at a large conference in Las Vegas.

What are you passionate about?

Understanding how the universe works, at every level. Then sharing that understanding with anyone who’s willing to listen. Also, well-designed video games and really good pizza.

Haven’t I seen you before?

These days, probably in a taxi on the way to an airport. Either that or at a cafe in the city, looking bemused while working on a new illusion.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

The most ironic thing about being an illusionist is that people tend to think you’re lying to them. Nothing could be further from the truth. The art of illusion, at its best, is about truth and reality, and revealing how our senses distort things all the time. Once you understand how this happens, you become far better equipped to survive this strange and surprising world.

Testimonials

Simon was very entertaining and engaged everyone in his presentation. He was certainly very skilled, but more than that he really drew everyone into his performance. I was particularly impressed that he had thought about who his audience was – a teaching staff – and wove references to this into his dialogue with them. His use of technology to enhance his presentation again added greatly to the show. On all levels his interaction with the audience was amazing. It was a great afternoon.

—H Smith-Tudor, Apollo Parkways Primary School, May 2013

Simon was amazing, everybody loved him and I was thoroughly impressed with his ability to turn around a gig in Ballarat after an international flight arrival only an hour or so earlier.

—E St James, Hoppers Crossing Secondary College, February 2015

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