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William Kennedy
Doug and Debbie Henning and William Kennedy, Last Show Together
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William Kennedy has earned an enviable reputation—as the secret behind many of today's leading magicians. His workmanship and professionalism have made him a favorite source for performers around the world. Although Kennedy has managed to avoid the spotlight, his illusions and special effects have been spotlighted in the finest shows.

Magicians everywhere know his work, but very few know the craftsman responsible for these creations.

In 1979, William Kennedy began work for Doug Henning, building illusions for his television specials and working on Henning's touring productions and Broadway shows. It was a unique education. As Doug Henning's head illusion engineer, responsible for the set-up and operation of Henning's shows, he realized the quality necessary for touring shows—the best materials and design features to create the finest illusions. Kennedy learned the business of magic from the inside out.

First Magic Effects Work Truck 1953 ChevyAt his shop in Ventura, California, he's used his experience to develop quality products using the most effective solutions for a wide variety of conditions.

His clients have marveled at the many effects that have been produced from his shop from a floating car in a Las Vegas spectacular, to Mary Poppins' magical hat stand. In the late 1980s, he pioneered the use of welded sheet aluminum in illusions. The process calls for an expert touch, and many professional magicians consider Kennedy's results unmatched in strength, weight, finish, dependability, and deceptive effect. He's taken great pride in his continuing relationships with his clients, respecting the budget and schedule for each project, and the needs of each performer.

William Kennedy's illusions have been featured by the following magicians: Criss Angel, Dirk Arthur, Harry Blackstone, Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Franz Harary, Doug Henning, Ricky Jay, Kalin and Jinger, The Pendragons, Silvan, Rick Thomas, Rick Wilcox.

He works regularly with magic designers Franz Harary, Jim Steinmeyer and Don Wayne.

He's created effects for many shows, including: Amour (Broadway); Doug Henning's World of Magic (Broadway); Into the Woods (Broadway); Mary Poppins (West End); Merlin (Broadway); Ragtime (Broadway); Ricky Jay On the Stem (Off Broadway).

His special illusions have been featured in corporate presentations for Arctic Cat, Chrysler, Compaq Computers, Harley Davidson, McDonalds, Ski-Doo and Yamaha.