Born in 1957 in Israel, Arie Vilner came to the United States in 1979 after serving in the Israeli Army. He has been exploring and performing magic for more than two decades, mostly for the New York magic community. In 2002 he won the Slydini Close-Up Competition held by IBM Ring 26 in New York City. He holds a PhD in economics and works as a consultant. His other interests include listening to and playing (piano) classical music.