Well, part of the story, anyway…
Illusionist, magician and sleight-of-hand artist Robby Bennett received his first magic kit on his fifth birthday during a trip to Disney World. At first, it was something he used periodically, but mostly sat in the closet and collected dust. However, when Robby was nine years old he became ill with stomach problems and the magic kits became the source of inspiration for a life-long endeavor and has propelled him to the apex of his craft.
During the time Robby would miss from school while he was ill, he would go through various magic books and learn numerous routines that became a form of meditation that helped him take his mind off the pain. With all the free time available to him, he was able to develop on some of the most advanced sleight of hand, manipulative effects and conjuring techniques ever created, which he has become known for to clients, audiences and peers around the world.
After Robby recovered he was able to do a number of astonishing effects. There was still one problem: A performer has to be able to entertain his audiences, not just exhibit meaningless demonstrations of disembodied “tricks.” He quickly realized that the most well executed sleight of hand meant nothing without a strong presentation. Since that realization Robby has learned from some of the best performers around the world and is keen on many styles of entertainment. He has received many awards from his peers for his efforts towards the art of magic. He is also known as one of the most versatile performers in the industry, with the ability to change genres on the audience in the blink of an eye due to his unique storytelling ability and charismatic delivery that frame every routine.
Now armed with a strong repertoire of effects and a personable stage presence he has been astounding people professionally since the age of twelve… And to think his mom thought he would be a football player.
Robby has been performing professionally ever since, in showbiz meccas such as Las Vegas and New York, and on three continents! But he started, appropriately, in his hometown of Houston, Texas. A command performance at the George R. Brown Convention Center when he was just 13, as part of a General Electric Christmas Party, has come full circle with a celebrity hosting tenure with Ford Motors’s Built Tough showcase at Super Bowl 51…right in front of that same Convention Center! Because of his ability to perform at nearly any venue (and he has had some strange ones), Robby has been able to maintain a steady performing schedule at corporate events, private parties, universities, banquets, and charity events.
Robby’s clientele has grown and grown, and his fan base includes grade school kids to great grandmas…and everyone in between. With such a vast repertoire, and a wit that can be laser targeted to his audience, Robby has been able to maintain a steady performance schedule at corporate galas and shindigs, private parties and soirees, universities and high schools, comedy clubs and burlesque shows, banquets and charity events. Robby is respected as one of the leaders of the new generation of magicians and comedians.
Currently Robby performs regularly at different events and theaters all over the country and is considered by many to be one the top performers in his field. However, he is most proud of the work he does with numerous charities year round, bringing everything full circle from being a sick kid in his room with a magic kit.