Cyril Takayama

Quick Facts

NameCyril Takayama
Date of BirthSeptember 27, 1974 (age 49)
Place of BirthHollywood, California
DescentFrench, Moroccan, Japanese
Notable Performance LocationsJapan
Early Life– Born and raised in Hollywood, California.
– Father from Okinawa, Japan; mother French of Moroccan descent.
Troubled UpbringingExpelled from school at 15, and dropped out at 16. Sent to Japan by his father, where he busked in Shinjuku.
Breakthrough in MagicMet Ito, a Japanese businessman, who helped him perform in hotels and attend magic assemblies.
Awards and Recognitions– FISM top prize (1991)
– Another FISM prize (1994)
– Golden Lion Award at Siegfried and Roy’s World Magic Seminar (2001)
– The Magic Woods Awards, Best Magician (2007)
Career StartBecame interested in magic at age 6, performed my first magic at the junior high talent show, and entered the Magic Castle junior program at age 12.
Signature TricksHamburger on the menu, head falling off shoulders, card through window, bungee jump into hotel pool to spear card.
Promotional ActivitiesPerformed magic to promote Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots.
PopularitySteadily increased in Japan and on the Internet since 2005, known as Magic’s first cyber celebrity.
DisguiseFrequently uses the disguise “Sero jisan” (セロ爺さん) or Old Man Cyril when going out in public.

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