(March 7th, 1985 - )
Luke Jermay was raised in a small city just outside of London, England. Jermay has been performing his brand of “psychological illusion” for over half of his life. Beginning as a child captivated by amazing stories of performers from the past such as Houdini, Alexander, Thurston and Vernon, Jermay found himself drawn to the worlds of magic and illusion. As with most kids Jermay became fascinated by magic tricks and sleight of hand but his passion for conjuring extended way beyond a childhood fad.
Luke has authored many successful books on mentalism and has produced several instructional videos created for magicians and mentalists.
For a number of years Jermay devoured books on the art of magic and illusion and became a student of classic sleight of hand, winning the respect of his much more senior peers along the way. Eventually, Luke ventured beyond the traditional trickery of his past and began exploring psychological techniques and the manipulation of the human mind. Jermay soon understood that real magic did not exist in tricks and sleight of hand but rather purely in the minds of his audience members.
This inspired Luke to create a show that was unlike anything else. A show dedicated not to big boxes and dancing girls but to the amazing capacities of the human mind. Allowing his audience to be as much the show as they are a part of it. With a deep love of theatrical presentations and a desire to apply his new cutting edge techniques, Luke pooled together his knowledge and developed a show that he could be suitably proud of.
Long runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and in London's West End met with huge acclaim from the press and theater goers alike. As a result, invitations began flooding in from all angles: to perform on television and at many prestigious corporate and private soirées. Luke was also asked to tour in the USA and ended up performing to packed venues across 15 states. At the successful completion of his first tour of the USA Jermay returned to the UK and continued to perform his show to rave reviews in the UK.
Luke began to attract the attentions of other performers very quickly and was invited to join several performers in their creative process as a consultant and director. To name but a few Derren Brown, Criss Angel, Marco Tempest and many others have all relied on Jermay when they needed fresh insight and focused creation in their television specials and live performances. Jermay has become a name top performers rely on for fresh, compelling and modern demonstrations for sophisticated audiences. Jermay took the decision to make a transatlantic move from his native UK to the entertainment capital of the world Las Vegas where he now makes a home with his wife Rachel.
After this relocation Jermay took one year off from working. Jermay spent that year re-designing his successful UK show aiming it for a US market. With this came a period of reflection on a genre of mystery performance Jermay had created. After several rewrites and additions Jermay looked back at his show and saw a bright new direction. Theater Of The Mind was borne from this reflection and process of re-designing.
Luke now divides his time between his theater performances as well as exclusive private engagements as well as working in an advisory capacity for TV and theater projects across the globe.
Coauthors: José Prager, Peter Turner