Steve Spangler knows his science and he
loves his magic. By putting those passions to
work, he’s built an empire that teaches kids
and adults how to be amazing.
BY TIM HYLAND
little bit of magic can go
an awfully long way. Just
ask Steve Spangler.
Spangler, known far and wide as one
of the true media stars of the science
and speaking worlds, says his training
as an entertainer began long before
he even realized he was training at all.
The training took place at corporate
events and birthday parties all around
Spangler’s native Denver, and it
occurred under the guise of wizardry,
as a young Spangler accompanied his
parents, both professional magicians, to
all of their various gigs.
“Other families went to football
games on the weekend,” he says. “Our
family got in the car and headed out to
entertain for a scout troop or a local
As a young magician, Spangler got
the opportunity to ease into performing
by doing small bits during his parents’
shows. All of those performances—
all of those hours spent helping his
parents make a few extra bucks on the
weekend—made a huge difference.