Who is Ardan James?

Mr. James started as a ventriloquist…

but found that neither he nor the dummy were verbally funny…so he taught himself pantomime. While completing his degree in the media arts with a minor in education, he worked in a magic store. It was a few years later that he put together his favorite areas of each of the arts, and with audience participation, developed his award-winning act.

Europe, Japan, Australia, and Canada are a few of the countries he has traveled to, in addition to the 48 contiguous states. Mr. James currently resides in Milwaukee, WI.

He has been performing professionally for over 15 years now, writing all his own material. He continues to create new material and programs.


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  • World Magic Festival Metal Winner in Shanghai, China
  • Society of American Magicians 1st Place (multiple times)
  • Society of American Magicians People’s Choice Award
  • Milbourne Christopher Award for Outstanding Newcomer
  • Steffen Comedy Magic Award
  • Society of American Magicians Magical Excellence Award
  • 1st Place Houdini Club Stage Act (multiple times)

Guest artist at:

  • FISM 2006, Sweden
  • World’s Greatest Magic Show, Las Vegas, NV
  • Houdini Convention 2004
  • Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, England
  • Hollywood’s Magic Castle, CA
  • Comedy & Magic Club, Los Angeles, CA
  • O.P. Theatre, Germany
  • National Youth Gathering in New Orleans Superdome
  • Conventions in Milwaukee, New York, New Orleans, Japan, Wales, London

Recently opened for:

  • Michael W. Smith
  • Mac King
  • Gary Shandling
  • Howie Mandel
  • Ray Romano
  • Kevin Nealon

Previously performed for