Born on 25 October 1982 in Cape Town, South Africa, Larry Soffer’s childhood dream of becoming a mentalist and magician has become a reality. Larry now resides between Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, but travels internationally regularly inspiring audiences around the globe.
At a young age Larry was in awe of David Copperfield’s charisma and showmanship. Copperfield was a great inspiration and motivation for this young boy.
At the age of 13 Larry enrolled at the College of Magic in Cape Town, South Africa where he then studied the art of Magic for 4 years and graduated with a Silver Medallion – the highest accolade which one can achieve. It is interesting to know the summer before Larry enrolled his family friend read a book by Linda Goodman called Star Signs, and discovered that through a numerological chart, when added up, the letters of Larry’s name mean “The Magician”.
Whilst his destiny may have been preordained, success is never achieved by simply waiving a magic wand. With hard work and perseverance he managed to divide his time between school, working on his skills and performing at corporate and private events, and still this young independent man shone at the College of Magic, winning several National and Provincial Championships and all but one of his course competitions.
World famous Las Vegas Magicians, Siegfried and Roy were very impressed by Larry’s talent and enthusiasm and awarded him the SARMOTI (Siegfried and Roy Masters of the Impossible) Grant, a bursary, for his final year of study at the College of Magic.
After graduation, Larry took interest in Mentalism and started studying it in his own time. Mentalism can be explained as magic of the mind and includes acts of mind-reading, metal bending and telekinesis. He expanded these abilities to the extent of demonstrating them on television and radio, affecting people across these platforms in their own homes, making their spoons and forks bend, fixing broken watches, making light bulbs burst, making their TV's switch on and creating other explainable phenomena.
Larry travelled to several countries across the world entertaining local and international celebrities and notables such as Beyonce and Jay-Z, the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Prince Harry, Michael Johnson, Hootie and The Blow Fish, Luke Perry, Andy Macdowell, Ruby Wax, Mike and the Mechanics, Vinnie Jones, former SA President F.W.de Klerk, SA Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, SA Cricket and Rugby Team Members, PJ Powers, Zuraida Jardine, DJ Fresh, Lee-Anne Liebenberg, to mention a few …
In 2006, Larry was invited to the World Fabous Magic Castle in Hollywood, a club which holds the most prestigious magicians in the world as its members. He then became the youngest South African to ever perform there and the only one to be awarded a membership, making him the only African Member of this elite group of magicians.
He has expended his skills into the full corporate arena and is always taking his award winning magic to new heights. Larry hopes to inspire people to “Believe To See” instead of Seeing to Believe, opening their minds to new possibilities through the art of magic, getting them to see the world through the eyes of a child again and believing in the impossible, and thereby creating their own dreams.
The Magic of Larry Soffer has spearheaded itself into a brand and he is now the most influential name in Magic in SA today.