Bruce Kalver has been working professionally for over 40 years. Billed in the early years as “Rhode Island’s Youngest Professional Magician,” his magic education started at the age of four when his grandfather, Samuel Woolf, who was himself a magician and an assistant to Houdini, began to teach him the art. At age six, he was ready to start his career.

His work in magic has taken him all over the world. He has toured with his wife and partner, Arlene, on cruise ships sailing the Atlantic and the Caribbean, in Dinner Theatres all over the country, and at trade shows where they added their magic touch to many products and services.

Bruce has been showcased and interviewed on television, in newspaper articles both locally and nationally, and has actually performed magic on the radio. He has acted as a magic consultant for the Tony Award winning Trinity Square Repertory Company as well as for numerous other professional, college, and amateur theatre groups for whom he performed or taught magic for their productions and created special magic effects.

Bruce is a very versatile performer; he is able to adapt to any possible stage setting or audience. That is why companies like Microsoft, CBS Records, Showtime Cable Network, General Electric, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Dave and Buster’s, Johnny Rockets and Marriott Hotels have utilized his talents and ideas.

Bruce has taught his craft at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Johnson and Wales University (where he taught a special course on the use of magic to promote products), as well as many magicians’ groups around the country where Bruce has shared his special secrets with fellow conjurers. He has even lectured and performed at The Magic Castle in Hollywood and London’s

prestigious Magic Circle.

Bruce was the National President of The Society of American Magicians in 2008-2009.

For close to 17 years, Bruce hosted a very popular



Microsoft Corp, Carnival Cruise Lines, Marriott Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Coca-Cola, ABC Television, Showtime Cable Television, The Family Channel, CBS Records, Shell Oil,  Johnny Rockets, General Electric, NYNEX, Hasbro, McDonald’s, Harvard University, Brown University, Motorola, TGI Fridays, Johnny Rockets, Seiko, Speidel, Blue Cross, American Express, Roger Williams Park, GTE Sylvania, Providence Civic Center, Warwick Musical Theatre, N.E. Theatre Conference, Providence Performing Arts Center, G-Tech, America’s Funniest People, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and hundreds of other companies


National President 2008 - 2009

The Society of American Magicians


The Magic Circle

London, England

Highest Degree:

Member of the

Inner Magic Circle (MIMC)

The Magic Castle,

Hollywood, California

International Brotherhood

of Magicians

Order of Merlin, Shield


In 1975, Bruce set a Guinness World Record for doing the most card tricks in one sitting without repeating any (13 hours).

Bruce is allergic to rabbits, so he will never pull one out of a hat.

Bruce was the first magician to ever perform at the Rhode Island Comedy Festival.

Bruce is the author of 13 murder mystery plays.