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About Nate

Where does Nate Live?

Seattle, WA

Is ‘Jester’ really Nate’s last name?

Believe it or not, yes! Although it may sound like the perfect stage name for someone in his industry, Nate’s family name, Jester, is Welsh (and real).

Did Nate perform on America’s Got Talent?

Yes. Nate appeared on a nationally-televised episode of the show in 2012. For more, see Nate Jester on America’s Got Talent

Does Nate come from a family of magicians?

No, he is the first. Although, Nate’s father tries to take credit for his success by claiming he performed some classic magic tricks for Nate when he was a child!

How old was Nate when he was introduced to magic?

The Ace of Illusions began learning magic in Seattle at age 12 after visiting a nearby magic shop. To learn more about the Ace of Illusions, please visit the About Nate page of this website.

How much did Nate practice to become this good at magic?

As you can imagine, becoming a master magician is difficult and requires years of practice and dedication. Nate’s sleight-of-hand skills are now second nature, but for years he practiced 4-8 hours a day to improve his talent. However, the technical aspect is merely a portion of what makes a magician a great entertainer. Nate’s ability to interact with the audience and connect with spectators is what truly sets him apart.

How did Nate learn all his magic tricks?

Nate learned the majority of his tricks by reading books, working in a magic shop and through countless hours of practice and exposure to the industry. He also gives a lot of credit to Steve Dobson, a magician who mentored Nate, providing valuable knowledge and lessons.

What is Nate’s favorite type of trick?

Card tricks! Due to the complexity and variety of card tricks, Nate enjoys the endless options a single deck of cards offers. In addition to jaw-dropping card guessing and sleight-of-hand tricks, audiences will witness cards warping together, flying through the air and even shooting from Nate’s mouth!

What does Nate think about TV shows that give away the secrets?

He doesn’t let it cramp his style. He instead uses it as motivation to come up with new effects to leave even “those who think they know” in utter disbelief!

Who are Nate’s favorite magicians?

Nate’s favorite magicians are Dai Vernon and Lance Burton. Vernon was a pioneer of magic who took the art to another level. He passed away in 1992, but his legacy lives on and he’s fondly referred to as a “magician’s magician.” Lance Burton appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 10 times and another 10 when Jay Leno was host. He has performed more than 15,000 shows in Las Vegas, entertaining more than 5-million people. Click here for more information on Dai Vernon and here for more on Lance Burton.

Does Nate teach magic?

Nate does not currently offer private lessons, but is proud to teach a portion of Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni Magic Camp, held each summer. Click here to learn an amazing card trick to perform for your friends!

Is Nate a member of the World Famous Magic Castle?

Nate has been a valued member of the Magic Castle since 2001. He regularly travels to the castle for both business and pleasure. The Magic Castle is a nightclub for magicians and magician enthusiasts, as well as the clubhouse for the Academy of Magical Arts.

About The Show

Why Nate?

Nate is one of the nation’s premier entertainers. With 23 years of experience, Nate seeks to entertain, mystify and intrigue his audiences. Never settling for second-best, he continuously fine tunes his craft and challenges himself to raise the bar. Nate provides professional entertainment that is nothing short of amazing.

What types of illusions does Nate perform?

Nate’s centralized/stage performances feature illusions with objects viewable from 50+ feet away. When performing close-up, he entertains with various items such as cards, coins, bills and pens. He may even “borrow” a watch or ring from an audience member from time to time! Check out the magic videos page on this website to see Nate in action.

How do I book Nate for a performance?

Visit the Summon the Magician page of this website and provide the requested information. Nate will typically respond within 24 hours.

What is Stage Magic?

Stage magic is performed in a centralized location and intended to be viewable by the entire audience. This type of magic is perfect for cocktail and dinner parties, business meetings and functions of all types and sizes. It typically involves illusions using objects large enough for all to view and often incorporates audience members into the show. Visit the Services Page for additional information or see “stage magic.”

What is Strolling Magic?

“Strolling” or mingling magic involves the performer interacting up-close with the audience offstage. Audience members will enjoy illusions on a more personal level right in front of their eyes, and in some cases, in their own hands. Magicians are great ice breakers in social settings and are a useful resource in boosting office moral. Visit the Services Page for additional information or see “strolling magic.”

Can Nate incorporate specific people or company names into his act?

Absolutely! This adds a personalized element, which audiences find very entertaining. Imagine your guest of honor or company’s CEO called up on stage to act as an assistant or be the victim of some good old-fashioned pickpocketing! Nate can even incorporate names, corporate logos and slogans into the performance.

How much does a performance cost?

Pricing varies for each event depending on the preferred length of the performance and number of people attending. To learn more about performance pricing, submit your information in the booking section of this website and Nate will typically respond within 24 hours.

Is it worth the price?

Without a doubt! You and your guests won’t want the performance to end. In fact, many of Nate’s clients are repeat customers who want to experience his shows as often as possible. Yes, it’s that much fun! Read his client reviews to see what people are saying.

Does Nate have references I can contact?

Nate has plenty of references who are happy to share their experiences. Simply send him an email requesting an up-to-date list of references. You can also view the Testimonials page and see what applause looks like on paper.

Can Nate recommend any caricaturists, DJ’s, or other event entertainers?

Yes, Nate has numerous qualified recommendations for a variety of performance so you don’t have to spend time searching.

Are Nate’s shows crude or inappropriate for family audiences?

Nate does not include any offensive material in his shows and audiences appreciate his unique form of clean comedy. While performances are typically designed for corporate or leisure adult audiences, shows are family-friendly and children love his interactive close-up illusions.

Business/ Booking Policies

Is there a deposit for booking?

In most cases, Nate requires a non-refundable booking fee for reserving his services. The amount is usually 50 percent of the contracted fee. Upon booking, clients will receive two invoices. The Booking Fee invoice is due within two weeks of the initial agreement. The Remaining Balance invoice is due on the date of the event.

My event isn’t in Seattle. Is Nate willing to travel to my event?

Yes, Nate is available for travel worldwide.

How are travel and lodging arrangements made?

The client is responsible for flight, hotel and car rental expenses unless otherwise agreed upon. Nate typically books his flight(s) immediately after receiving a signed agreement and booking fee. He will then send the client his flight itinerary along with an updated invoice showing travel expenses.

Is there a technical rider or specific requests for Nate’s stage shows?

Yes. Please click here to download Nate’s technical rider for performances involving 60 or more in attendance.

What is the cancellation policy?

Upon canceling an event, the booking fee will be retained by Nate, but applied to a rescheduled date, pending availability.

Is a W-9 form provided upon booking?

Yes, click here to download the W-9 form.

If the event lasts longer than anticipated, will Nate be able to stay?

Customer satisfaction is the goal and Nate always tries to be available to meet the needs of his clients. Additional fees may apply, but as long as he doesn’t have a conflicting engagement, he will stay.

What forms of payment does Nate accept?

Nate accepts checks and all major credit cards via the Square online payment system. A 3.6% processing fee is applied to all payments made by credit card. The fee is simply passed to the client by the credit card company. Payments can also be made through Paypal to nate@aceofillusions.com.

Does Nate require a contract?

Yes. This is referred to as a Performance Agreement and all booking terms are listed in the paperwork upon booking your event.

Does Nate carry performer’s insurance and can he provide additional insurance?

Yes, Nate carries performer’s insurance through Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Insurance and will provide proof upon booking. He can also provide proof of additional insurance if requested.

At what point during the booking process is my event date reserved?

All events are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise agreed upon, the event date will not be reserved until Nate has received the signed performance agreement via DocuSign. It is recommended to sign your agreement as soon as possible

Does he provide marketing material for event publications or web marketing?

Yes. Please use the following link for all available promotional material: https://app.box.com/PromoPhotos