Peter Wood has always been fascinated with themed experiences. Whether creating sets for the theatre, special effects for film, or magic for a live audience, Peter knows that it all comes down to storytelling.
He became fascinated with magic and special effects at an early age. The magic bug bit him with a magic kit for his fifth birthday. With special effects, Peter was very upset seeing Jaws as a child, especially as the character Quint gets vividly eaten at the end. Peter's mother explained that it wasn't a real shark, but was in fact a special effect, opening up a whole new world of "what if's" for him.
Before long, Peter had crafted various theater settings in his basement, using household curtains as the "main rag," and clip-on lights as theatrical instruments. Several iterations later, Peter and his family crafted a raised stage in their backyard, complete with trap door, fog ductwork, flash pots, and a centralized light board. Building upon his interest in theatre from middle and high school, he decided upon theatre for a college degree.
Concurrent to his theatrical endeavors, Peter's interest in magic grew, first as a hobby, and then into a business in 1994. "Shazam Magic" has since become a thriving enterprise, allowing Peter to entertain children and adults throughout Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia. His performances are a blend of baffling magic and inherent comedy, working with classic illusions, but adding his own unique twist.
Peter holds a Technical Theatre degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is a member of the International Thespian Society. He's also a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the International Magician's Society, and the Society of American Magicians (the latter of which he's held offices in at the local level).
Technical Theatre degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.Read More
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