THE CREW

Meet the Magic Gives Back Team

Performing close to 600 magic shows a year, you can say Rick is one seasoned entertainer. With 2 Guinness World Records under his belt, and 1 pending for his remarkable card throwing talents, Rick has single handedly landed himself on 26 National Television shows including, “The Tonight Show”, The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, ABC’s “Shark Tank”, and was most recently labeled “Super Human” by legendary comic creator Stan Lee. Traveling the world, Rick has been very fortunate to meet some of the best entertainers in their field, which is what inspired Rick to put together this unique platform now known as “Magic Gives Back”.

 

Rick Smith Jr

Magician/Founder

Guinness World Record holder for running through the most ice blocks, JD, now referred to as “The Iceman” has been featured on the Guinness World Record Shows both nationally and internationally as well as “The Tonight Show”, and was most recently a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” performing at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. Judge Howard Stern labeled JD as the superstar for AGT. Traveling the world for the past 6 years, JD has motivated children and adults of all ages with his incredible feats of strength. No other place will you be able to see such an amazing act.

JD Anderson

Strongman

Billy is no typical juggler. As a teenager he trained with the intensity of an athlete to become the best technical juggler he could. After a stint on national television including “Good Morning America”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, and winning ABC’s “Master of Champions” showcasing his stunt juggling, Billy combined his technical abilities with his out of box thinking to develop a routine unique to him alone to create an unbelievable performance. Full of technical juggling routines and feats of balance too dangerous to try at home you’re sure to catch something you’ve never seen before.

Billy Matsumoto

Stunt Juggler

After meeting Rick at just 10 years old, Drew also acquired a huge passion for magic and performing. While he performs at around 250 different each year, he also helps behind the scenes with Magic Gives Back.

He provides consulting for MGB and creates everything from the videos, graphics and website, to overseeing the operation backstage. Drew helps to ensure a smooth and successful show for everyone involved.

Drew Murray

Producer/Creative Director

No Las Vegas magic show is complete without their “lovely assistants”. Courtney has been helping Rick out for several years now and is trained to keep a secret, so don’t ask her how it’s done. When not assisting Rick, Courtney is studying hard to become a Physician’s Assistant at Cleveland State University.

Courtney Marchak

Assistant

Erika Wallace, a long time friend of Drew Murray, loves all of the excitement that comes with performing in a magic show! When not “appearing” on stage with Rick, Erika is a full time dance and fitness instructor and also danced for Cleveland’s AFL team, The Gladiators. Her favorite part about Magic Gives Back is getting to hear the audience reactions after she performs with Rick! Look out for her in the show aiding Rick in unbelievable stage illusions!

Erika Wallace

Assistant

Our talented dance crew has a passion for what they do. Dancing their entire lives, they have truly mastered their craft. You may have seen some of them performing around town for the Cleveland Cavaliers or for pre-game events for the Cleveland Indians! Combining different types of dance and abilities, these performers have created a unique involvement in the “Magic Gives Back” program.

MGB Dance Team

Dancers

Working closely with Cleveland Music Group, we are able to provide our audience with the most visually stimulating show possible! Making you feel immersed in the production by providing the best sound and state of the art lighting, this customized atmosphere will make you feel like you are in Las Vegas, which is all part of our “Magic Gives Back” experience.

Cleveland Music Group

Production/Lighting