Educated at the University of Toronto (BA), the University of Western Ontario (LLB), and the London School of Economics (LLM), David retired from practicing tax law to pursue his passion for creativity, performing and community. As a magician, David was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram – one of the great sleight-of-hand artists of the twentieth century. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England and Japan.
David was the co-writer, performer and producer of The Conjuror (Shaw Festival, Theatre ROM, Isabel Bader Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre), The Conjuror’s Suite (Salon ROM, Charlottetown Festival), Tricks (Artword Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre), Natural Magick (Luminato Festival), Card Table Artifice (Luminato Festival) and Hocus Pocus (Soulpepper Theatre).
David has made numerous television appearances and was also the subject of an award-winning documentary film “A Conjuror in the Making” that aired on Breakfast with the Arts on the A&E Network and on Adrienne Clarkson Presents on the CBC.
David is the author of six books. The Experts at the Card Table (2015), Slaight: Off Hand (2013), Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic (2008), Dai Vernon: A Biography (2006), Tricks (2003), and Advantage Play (2001). David is also the author of several articles and essays published in several journals including the Canadian Literary Review, Genii, A Conjuror’s Magazine and Magicol: A journal of magic history and collectibles.
David is also a consultant for a variety of film, television and print projects as well as theatre companies including Soulpepper Theatre, where he is a resident artist, the Stratford Festival, and the Shaw Festival.
David is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Magicana a performing arts organization and registered charity dedicated to exploring and advancing magic as a performing art. He spearheaded My Magic Hands, a program designed to use the process of learning, practicing and performing magic as an introduction to creativity and the arts for underprivileged and disadvantaged children; and Senior Sorcery an intergenerational initiative to bring live theatre to isolated seniors in their homes and community.
In addition to performing magic, David acts as a keynote speaker on creativity, innovation and problem solving. A feature presenter at The Walrus Talks (Performance), IdeaCity, and a two-time presenter at the Smithsonian, David has addressed a broad range of associations and corporate clients in the United States and Canada.
David also tries whenever possible to give back to the community. In 2016, for example, he raised close to $250,000 by having his signature mop of hair shaved off as part of The Princess Margaret Hospital “No Hair Selfie” campaign. Now that’s magic!