Gene discovered magic at age eight when an uncle showed him a coin trick. He was captivated then, but he became truly hooked the day he first heard applause for his own performance. Magic has held a life-long passion for him ever since, and he has now performed magic professionally in 21 countries on six continents.
Gene was awarded seven first-prize trophies in magic competitions for stage, comedy, close-up and originality, he has been on the covers of GENII and THE LINKING RING magazines, and he was nominated for two Academy Awards by the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood. He is a past board member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the world's largest magical organization, and he is proud to be one of only six performers honored as lifetime members of the Magic Circle of Norway. Among his many magical writings, his book "Newspaper Magic," now in its eleventh printing, is one of the best selling ever! Gene is also a professional speaker, and he often incorporates a bit of magic into his speaking presentations.
Gene earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and he did post-doctoral research in electron diffraction at the University of Oslo in Norway.