Brian Brushwood was born in Fountain Valley, California, and learned to make friends quickly as he spent most of his childhood moving to Colorado, Norway, and several parts of Texas. As a child, Brian possessed an intense love of magic, which mysteriously vanished when he became a teenager. Once in college, Brian rekindled his interest in magic, studying sleight-of-hand and performing close-up magic as a part-time job. In fact, Brian was off to a quick start in a career of deception, as he was able to convince his professors to allow him to perform a magic show for his senior honors thesis. Brian got an "A," and upon graduation began performing his unique brand of bizarre magic at clubs and schools. Beginning in Texas, Brian's audiences grew from hundreds to thousands as he quickly captured "Best Club Magic," "Best Comedy Magic," and "Best Stage Magic" awards from the Texas Association of Magicians and broke out onto the national scene. From colleges to corporations, Brian has now become one of the most in-demand and original performers today. He has been sought after by national TV shows such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," praised by colleagues such as Teller (of magicians Penn and Teller), and critics call his show "exciting," "unique," and "flawless." Brian is the author of The Professional's Guide to Fire Eating; Pack the House; and Cheats, Cons, Swindles, and Tricks. He has appeared on dozens of television and radio broadcasts, including "The Tonight Show," and programs on ABC, NBC, FOX, the BBC, E! and more. Brian also tours heavily, appearing at colleges, clubs, and on television in almost every state in the U.S. When not performing, Brian lectures, writes, and plays with his two daughters Penelope and Josephine in Austin, Texas.