A unique blend of magic and comedy!
Michael Bonacci has been working as an entertainer and a magician for over the last forty years in the Philadelphia, PA area, performing at various functions for all ages. He is skilled in all areas of magic: close-up, strolling magic and stage magic using animals, comedy and illusions. Michael has studied magic at the Chavez College of Magic, Hollywood, CA and theater at the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA and theater at Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA.
The Village Players Theatre, Hatboro, PA
Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
Tampa Theatre, Tampa, FL
Trump's Castle, Atlantic City, NJ
Showboat Casino, Atlantic City, NJ
Bensalem Community Pride Day, Bensalem, PA
Autism Awareness Day
Philadelphia Art Museum
Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA
Willow Grove Mall, Willow Grove, PA
Montgomeryville Mall, North Wales, PA
Philadelphia International Airport
Society of American Magicians, S.A.M., Assembly #4 in Philadelphia, PA
National Chairman for National Magic Week
Past local president
Magicians Alliance of Eastern States, M.A.E.S.
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Michael Bonacci has a variety of shows for all occasions that range from thirty-minutes to forty-five minutes or strolling inter-active magic by the hour that include children's birthday parties, corporate/company functions, trade shows, mall openings, school shows, libraries, Bar-Bat Mitzvahs, adult parties and blue and gold scout banquets. Michael Bonacci has a style that is unique in presenting old and new classics of magic for all ages, that include audience participation from magically dressing up the birthday child as a wizard or producing a dove or rabbit or sawing a lady in half.
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What a show!! My daughter, Samantha had a blast at her 5th birthday party. Michael was great with the kids and the parents. He included so many of her guests and of course, made our birthday girl feel so special. His magic was terrific and had even the parents completely amazed and entertained. Thank you!!!
It has been my great pleasure to be able have Michael Bonacci perform here at the Upper Moreland Free Public Library several times over the years. His programs are always fantastic and never fail to dazzle both children and adults. His last performance here was two weeks ago and I still have patrons coming up to me and telling me how much they enjoyed it. – Jim Moran Children's Librarian Upper Moreland Free Public Library Willow Grove PA 19090
“Michael came highly recommended from a friend of mine. We hired him for my husband\'s 40th birthday party because we planned to have a lot of kids at the event. Michael was great with the kids and adults as well. It was very entertaining (awe-inspiring & funny). Our guests raved about him and the kids had fun. He was also very professional - calling in advance, letter to confirm, and a thank you note following. A great experience all around!” – Julie Kenney
“Thank you so much for a fantastic show last Thursday evening. We all had a wonderful time. The students absolutely felt they were a part of the show, and I could tell that you have a wonderful heart and giving spirit. The show was all the talk on our way back to North Carolina the next day. Thank you again for seeing just how "special" my students are.” – Kris Jonczak: Forsyth Tech Instructor
“Great show Mike! Both kids and adults alike were mesmerized during your performance at our family Christmas party. The kids especially enjoyed the live dove and rabbit which you allowed them to pet afterwards. We will defiantly consider you for our next gathering!” – Guy Esterlund
“great performance today 12-22-2012 @ sunrise. Greatly entertaining, made me smile happy holiday. GREAT JOB.” – Joseph Alexander
“Hi Michael, We all wanted to says THANKS for the wonderful performance here Saturday! I always come up with a creative idea for my Mom's birthday...and your magic act was on the top five list!
We all enjoyed your magic, and your personality!
We can't wait for another excuse to call you back.
Thanks again for a fun time.” – The Carnevales and Betterlys
“I had first found Michael about 8 years ago to perform at my son\'s 6th birthday party. The kids loved him and so did the adults! I was recently looking to do a special birthday party for my 9 year old daughter and was so happy when I found Michael again and still performing! Again, the kids and the adults loved him! Not sure who loved him more though!!! I would recommend him to anyone!!! Great entertainment for anyone of any age!!!” – Elisabeth Cione
“We had Michael for our Bring Your Child to Work day! His show was fabulous! The looks on the kids faces when he did his magic was priceless! He was engaging with the kids; incorporated them into the show and made them a part of it! It was a great experience and look forward to bringing Michael back next year! Thank you for a wonderful show!” – Liz Grey
“What sets Michael Bonacci apart from other magicians we book is the fact that he is an entertainer first and a magician second. He has the sense of music, theater, costuming and style and a way to blend these elements into a crowd pleasing performance. Michael Bonacci knows how to work an audience making him the ideal performer.” – Steven Weisz, President of Rainbow Promotion, Inc
Five Star Review from Yelp
Category: Performing Arts
Review by Mark "vulcanjedi" T.'s
3/9/2009 First to Review
I had the pleasure of watching Mr. Bonacci at a Cub Scout banquet. Besides the 3 dozen cub scouts there were also lots of siblings. He had them all come up and sit on the floor in front of the stage. And when he called for the "big kids" to come up as well I had to go sit on the floor with my sons for a nice second row seat. He was one of the most entertaining magicians I have ever seen locally. He was able to get many of the kids involved both up on the stage and in the audience. The pace was perfect and the tricks were a good mix of funny and new and classic old school magic. Some of the adults were even brought into the act. Anybody that can keep the attention of 45 kids for 45 minutes and have them laughing and clapping and staring wide eyed at some of the tricks deserves to be called an entertainer.
Michael was a student here YEARS ago, and he was our first thought to come and be a part of the entertainment when we do our charity event each year. The KICKATHON raises over $10,000 on average over the last few years thanks to SO many who help. Michael Bonacci is often one of the most talked about performers! He's funny, an obviously skilled magician and entertainer, and is able to change at a moments notice if needed. This past year, due to weather issues, we had to change from him doing "Walk around" magic to doing a performance like he was on stage for a crowd. His response? "No problem, whatever you need" and he was fantastic! Entertaining our crowd flawlessly for a good portion of our event, it motivated and excited the group to go out and do their 500 kicks for charity! Thank you Michael! You're the best! (And I STILL want to see that invisible deck of cards trick a few more times.....) — Harry Pfister/Villari's Self Defense Centers firstname.lastname@example.org
“Michael came to perform at my lovely little grand-daughter's birthday party during the afternoon of Halloween. He proceeded to delight both children and adults with his magic, but also with his deportment and his personality. He is a man who manifests a personal charm, as well as the capacity to reach and relate to persons of all ages. He brings warmth, humor, affection and, of course, truly magical abilities. He captivated the children and enchanted the adults. I and my family heartily recommend Michael and his magic.” — Bradley Lacey
“When my sister and I were planning a 60th anniversary party for our parents, we wanted to make it special, fun, and memorable. I recalled attending a friend's birthday party a few years back, where magician Michael Bonacci had performed, and I knew my parents and our guests would love it. From start to finish, Michael was a dream to work with, returning calls and sending information promptly. He graciously accommodated our tricky party date (the day after Thanksgiving). And he played right along with the surprise, pretending to be just another invited guest, much to my dad's confusion. His show, well, it is not to be missed! It is worth throwing a party just to see him perform!He captivated everyone with his charming stage presence and skill, incorporating my parents and other guests into the act, leaving everyone beaming and bewildered at his sleight of hand. I cannot imagine a livelier or more entertaining way to celebrate my folks' anniversary. I highly recommend Michael Bonacci as a performer and a businessman.Just excellent!” — Eileen Levitan
What a pleasure it was to have Michael entertain The Outdoor Gardeners at our Christmas luncheon Dec.3,2015. His rapport with the audience of 60 people was easy and engaging. There was never a lull in his presentation. He invited participants on stage and at other times came down into the audience to share his magic. We laughed and were amazed at his magical skills and professionalism. If any event is looking for an entertaining show I would definitely recommend Michael Bonacci. — Jean Kriz
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