Variety, Magician, Psychic, Male
The Los Angeles Daily News calls him "a master showman." The St. Louis Post-Dispatch dubbed him "a master of repartee." Television's Entertainment Tonight summed it up: "He's the master mind reader."
Max Maven must be good at something.
Indeed. Using an advanced (and highly unorthodox) set of psychological principals and techniques, Max is able to discern the thoughts of total strangers. Subliminal persuasion and the power of suggestion are pushed to the limit. People magazine hailed his work as "a new form of participatory theater."
This is weird stuff- and audiences love it. Max Maven's mysteries transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries: He's performed in over two dozen countries.
His full-evening one-man show, "Thinking In Person", had a critically acclaimed two month run at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and he has headlined nightclubs across the US setting house records in over half of those venues.
Max has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs, top talk shows and variety specials, as well as acting roles on comedy and dramatic shows including the starring role on Count DeClues' "Mystery Castle" for the Fox network, and guest-starring roles on "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", "Mork & Mindy" and "General Hospital".
Other TV credits include hosting eight network specials in Japan (performing in Japanese), and creating a pair of his own specials in Thailand. In 1994 he hosted a 12-part series for HTV in England, "Something Strange With Max Maven", a talk show exploring all aspects of the paranormal. The show set a rating record, and led to a second series the following year. "Max Mystery Show", a 13 part series, was a hit for the CTS network in Taiwan in 1995. He was the only regular on the ten part Magiskt series for TV4 in Sweden; that show scored great ratings, and two more series followed, one for Norwegian television in early 1996, plus another for Sweden later that year. He has also appeared on shows in Canada, Norway, Finland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, and many other countries.
Max is also well known for his pioneering work in interactive broadcasting. He created the ground breaking interactive video "Max Maven's Mindgames" for MCA. His 'mindgames' were a regular feature on the popular Best of Magic series for the ITV network in England. His interactive work was also featured on "The World's Greatest Magic", NBC's highest rated special of 1994, and he was the first artist booked for the 1995 edition. He has also devised material for the world of computer technology, creating an interactive game disk entitled "Max Magic" for the Philips CD-i system: in its first few months of release it won six industry awards.
The late Orson Welles wrote that Max Maven has "the most original mind in magic." He has published over 1500 creations in conjuring literature, and been an advisor to over 70 television shows. As a consultant he has worked with David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton, Jeff McBride, The Pendragons and many others. He has also directed revue shows for several major American gambling casinos.
His ongoing exploration of the mysterious side of human nature led to Max Maven's Book of Fortunetelling, published by Prentice Hall in 1992. He as also created customized "MAXimize" seminars on mental efficiency and non verbal communication for executive and salespeople from top corporations.
Max Maven has a fascinating history. He has been a successful radio announcer, graphic designer, author, pianist, teacher, singer, actor, lecturer, screenwriter, composer, advertising consultant, and chef. He reads over 150 books and magazines each month, and this constant flow of information provides a continual stimulation of new ideas for presenting his uncanny abilities.