Nominated for a prestigious “Atlantic City Entertainer of the Year Award” Harry Maurer (pronounced like “power”) is a comedy magician with a quick wit and a charming personality who knows how to get people to laugh while being amazed.
Las Vegas Entertainment Today described his “hysterically classy” show best when they said: “His easy manner with the audience combined with a magical skill second to none, is what the audience remembers after the curtain goes down.”
As a child, Harry was determined to be a magician and performed his first of many nightclub shows at the age of 13. By the time he reached High School, with the permission of his teachers and school Principal he had managed to re-arrange his class schedule so that he could leave school early each day to perform the matinee and evening shows at a nightclub at the New Jersey shore!
By the time he was 16 he was entertaining six hours a night at the table sides of major restaurants presenting magic only inches away from the patrons! Here is where he learned best how to interact with audiences and get them participating, amazed and laughing! For the next 5 years, Harry would always find time in his schedule to hone his “close-up magic” in restaurants and has presented his “table-top trickery” in such exclusive venues as “Top of the World” (World Trade Center), “Tavern on the Green” and the famous “21 Club“.
Throughout his college years he continued juggling school and work by learning from professional Broadway acting coaches and scenic and lighting designers during the day at the “Mason Gross School of the Arts” at Rutgers University while entertaining onstage nightly at The Playboy Club in New York City breaking a record for the most performances of any solo entertainer in the circuit!
Presenting over 1,300 shows at The Playboy Club gave him the opportunity to work closely with and to learn from professional entertainers on a nightly basis while hanging out with top New York comedians during the heyday of “Catch a Rising Star”, “Dangerfield’s” and “The Improv”.
With his consistently clean and entertaining shows, he was asked to join comedy legends Joey Bishop (from Sinatra’s original “Rat Pack”), Jackie Vernon and other national stars on a five month tour of the United States followed by a four month engagement in Atlantic City where the hit show sold out its nearly 2,000 seats each day!
Malcolm Gladwell in his landmark book “Outliers” states with certainty that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in any field. Between Harry’s years of presenting close-up magic in front of diners in exclusive restaurants, his 1,300 shows with the Playboy Circuit, his years of performing in professional venues and starring in productions shows (presenting as many as 13 shows per week) — Harry has clocked more that 10,000 hours! He is more than just “masterful”… he is an extremely skilled, fun and proficient entertainer which you can tell the moment he steps onto the stage!
Harry never stops working and now spends an average of 47 weeks each year entertaining in casinos, theaters and aboard cruise ships around the world and had lead a diverse career by opening for such stars as The Supremes, Rita Rudner, Ray Romano, Joey Bishop, Jason Alexander, Rich Jeni, Rosie O’Donnell, Frankie Avalon and so many others while entertaining U.S. Presidents, Celebrities and even International Royalty with his fun and interactive magical style.
“Entertainment is more than just fun amusement — it is a business.” Harry explains, and with his years of entertainment marketing experience and an ability to gather audiences for his “Evenings of Comedy & Magic” he spends a portion of each year designing and presenting fundraising performances for theaters and non-profit organizations helping them build their audience base with a unique evening of entertainment while raising money for their causes.
Remarkably, he is able to design these fundraising events so that it costs the theater or organization NOTHING!
Much of Harry’s year is also spent getting audiences amazed, laughing and interacting with his shows in Country Clubs, Resorts — and especially at exclusive private and corporate events where his clients only have one chance to create a memorable evening.