Brian Miller is a private event magician, corporate keynote speaker, and youth motivational speaker. For 12 years he has shared his magic and his message with thousands of audiences in 11 countries across 4 continents. Based in Connecticut, Brian now performs his interactive blend of jaw dropping magic and laugh-out-loud comedy at 200+ events each year.
As a child, Brian suffered from a debilitating social and speech anxiety. He was bullied and mostly friendless through middle school. Though he loved magic tricks, he couldn’t muster the courage to perform for anyone. Brian got a fresh start in a new school for 9th grade, where he met another student who was also into magic. Together they studied magic and encouraged each other to perform for their classmates and teachers. Through magic, Brian developed self confidence for the very first time.
Founding his business at the early age of 16, Brian worked as a professional magician while completing a dual Bachelor’s of Science in mathematics and philosophy, achieving a 4.0 in philosophy and receiving two international awards for presenting original work. He was accepted into a PhD program for Philosophy of Language, but turned it down in order to pursue a career in entertainment.
Brian quickly found a following with college students on the national campus activities circuit, earning two nomination’s for “America’s Best Campus Artist” (Campus Activities Magazine) by the age of 24.
As his act evolved, so did the demand for his work. Brian developed a reputation for mixing world class entertainment with an engaging personality and the ability to adapt to any group. He began accepting invitations to entertain at exclusive private events throughout New England, such as bar/bat mitzvahs, weddings, company holiday parties, and corporate events.
In April of 2016, Brian partnered with Navy Entertainment to bring magic to the American troops and their families stationed overseas on military bases. He has since completed 3 tours for the troops in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Brian calls these tours the most rewarding work of his career. Read about his most recent tour across Asia here.
Brian’s work has been featured in the Hartford Courant, The Huffington Post, MAGIC Magazine, Genii Magazine, and The Society of American Magicians Magazine. He was also showcased in the 2016 documentary film The Get Together about the legendary Abbott’s Get Together magic convention held annually for the past 80 years in Colon, MI.
Brian’s experience as a magician make him a dynamic and engaging corporate keynote speaker and youth motivational speaker. His TEDx talk “How to Magically Connect with Anyone” has been seen and shared by over 2.9 million people worldwide.
Outside of magic Brian is a passionate musician. He has achieved critical acclaim as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter as half of the group Escher’s Enigma, a unique studio project with his father Russ Miller.
Now 29, Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife Lindsey.
Journal Inquirer profile piece (April 2016)
VERNON — A local magician, who credits his craft with transforming him from a shy child into a live performer, is using his skills to bring smiles to the faces of members of the military and their families as he sets out to tour United States Naval bases in Europe.
The 27-year-old Vernon resident, a native of Buffalo, New York, Brian Miller had an interest in magic from a very young age, first learning elementary tricks around the age of 4.
He says his father and grandfather, whom Miller called “passionate amateurs,” provided early encouragement by purchasing store-bought tricks for birthday and holiday presents.
By the time Miller was in his early teens, his father had taken him to see David Copperfield at least five times, as well as numerous other magic shows.
Copperfield, whom Miller said is “the greatest illusionist of all time,” played a large role in inspiring Miller to pursue his passion at a young age.
Later, he found an appreciation for Penn and Teller, calling Teller “one of the greats of all time,” and one of the greatest magic minds.
The gravitation toward magic, Miller says, came as a result of him being “terribly shy,” resulting in debilitating social anxiety… Full article.