He was five years old...

when the magic bug bit him. Chuck received a Marshall Brodien TV Magic set as a gift from his parents, and around the same time he saw the 1953 motion picture Houdini, starring Tony Curtis. These two influences started him on his magical journey.

Since his first public appearance at the age of seven, Chuck has amazed and amused thousands with his unique brand of entertainment. Besides performing magic, he is an avid collector of magic memorabilia and a historian of conjuring.

In 1997, Chuck wrote, designed and self-published his first book, The Art of Deception, or The Affinity Between Conjuring and Art. It received rave reviews from the magic community and was the first book in the history of conjuring to pay tribute to the men and women who have created "magic art" throughout the ages. In 1999, the book was honored by the Society of American Magicians' with their Henry Ridgely Evans History Award.

Since his first literary offering, Chuck has authored several books and he has written numerous articles for magic journals and trade publications. He received a Linking Ring Award for his May, 1992 article on the history of magic in Chicago. In 1996, Chuck won the prestigious Linking Ring Trophy for the "Best Series" in the journal.

In 2000, Chuck wrote, directed and co-produced his own cable television special and it premiered on Aurora Community Television (a division of Cable Access). The special was recognized with three nominations for the Cammy Award -- public access television's equivalent of the Emmy. Movie studios and television production companies have sought out Chuck's expertise on the history of magic.

After many requests for his first book, Chuck decided to published a second, revised edition of The Art of Deception. Once again, the book became a best seller and has found a whole new audience of appreciative fans.

Chuck Romano continues to pursue his passion and performs, writes and researches the ancient art of magic whenever he can.

Reflections

A young Chuck Romano and his idol, Marshall Brodien, of TV Magic Fame.

A young Chuck (circa 1975) performing the "Zombie" ball trick.

HOUDINI -- The movie that inspired Chuck to become a magician.

Chuck with the "Linking Ring Award" - 1996

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