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Phil Ackerly - Family Entertainer

Born and raised in Palo Alto, CA, Phil followed a technology path into the work world. After graduating with a degree in Electronics, he worked in various manufacturing and engineering positions in the ”high-tech” industry, but really was drawn to the world of magic and entertainment. So during his non-working hours, Phil performed magic at birthday parties and company events and was hired as the weekend magician and demonstrator at the House of Humor on in Los Altos, CA. Over time, Phil’s creativity and showmanship landed him first place awards from leading magic organizations.

“I developed a Japanese magic act and a money act that was quite unique at the time”, recalls Phil. But his biggest thrill at the time was performing at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA. “Performing at the Castle was a real honor, and an experience I will always remember”, says Phil humbly.

After a round of layoffs at a company where he had worked for eight years in product marketing, he found the perfect opportunity to turn his passion into a second career — magician and entertainer. “I went from a job in sales and marketing to a career in magic — it’s was a lateral move”, Phil says with a grin.

Now, 28 years later, Phil has shifted his shows online for private and public events. Home Edition shows are weekly magic shows with special guests - pro's in the field of comedy and magic.

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