Hans Klok is one of the entertainment world's leading stage magicians. He regularly performs with some of showbusiness' biggest names and is renowned for the speed and agility of his illusions.
Hans was born in a small town in Holland on February 22nd 1969. When his grandfather gave him a simple box of magic tricks for his tenth birthday, Hans was fascinated and began giving magic shows at his friends' birthday parties. With the help of his father, Hans began devising new illusions, and at the young age of 14 won the European Youth Magician Champion Trophy. This was followed two years later by winning the Tommy Cooper Trophy.
Having mastered the arts of conjuring and close-up magic, Hans began making a name for himself as a serious illusionist and with his legendary speed, which has become his trademark, he began to get noticed.
In 1990, Hans Klok performed the world's fastest transformations and won first prize at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands. This was followed the following year by winning the first prize at Germany's most prestigious congress for professional magicians.
In 1992, his TV career began to take off with some big spectacular shows in Holland, as well as touring with Holland's number one comedian, Andre van Duin and the highly popular singer Gerard Joling. His appearances at the Duinrell holiday park and the World Press Photo Gala made him a national hero and attracted a great deal of international attention.
In 1994 he played Las Vegas for the first time to great acclaim and appeared in major TV spectaculars in Germany and Holland. This was followed by Monte Carlo, where he played the legendary Loew's Hotel and later by his own major TV spectacular in Holland.
By 1996, his characteristic style of using fast, spectacular illusions had developed and he made a Mercedes car disappear and reappear again a few moments later to the utter amazement of the audience. The American NBC network invited Hans for their TV spectacular 'The World's Greatest Magic', broadcast live from Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas where a national audience of 60 million people thrilled to the fastest illusions in the history of magic.
It became better and better as, the following year, 1997, he amazed a stadium of 55,000 fans in Rotterdam as he let 25 full-grown soccer players emerge from a tiny box. In addition, he was the main attraction in the Masters of Magic TV show by the American ABC network, broadcast from Monte Carlo and hosted by Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
The next years were occupied with his show 'Magic Live', the illusions in which had all been tested in Las Vegas. Major Christmas specials for German and Dutch television also followed. Hans had now become an illusionist second to none, sharing a place with the world's top entertainers. No better way to enter the new Millenium, and yet greater things were still to come. In 2000, his 'Magic Impossible' show toured no less than 59 cities throughout Europe.
By 2003, Hans had gained true international acclaim by becoming an official ambassador for UNICEF. His 'History of Magic' show toured over 60 cities throughout Europe and also Dubai (UAE).
In 2004, Hans scored a major first when he undertook the very first tour of China by an international artist. He performed at 64 venues in 8 weeks to an audience totalling over 200,000. Though other stars have given a few shows or concerts, this was the first ever tour of China by an international artist. His German tour of that year was also a great success as audiences delighted in the breath-taking velocity of his magic tricks.
Hans Klok took a few months to develop his show 'Phenomenon', adding a new dimension to his legendary speed and went successfully on tour in Germany in 2006. He was pleased to perform at the Adopt-a-Minefield Gala, the charity foundation of Lady Heather Mills McCartney.
A unique opportunity to let the world see why he is called the world's fastest magician was given to Hans when FIFA, the international football body, asked Hans to perform at the live TV draw for the FIFA World Football Championship in Germany 2006. More than 500 million people in 152 countries saw Hans in the only live act of the evening: the appearance of the World Trophy by Hans Klok
In 2005, Hans Klok joined Stage Entertainment, one of the world’s largest and most successful live entertainment companies. The Stage Entertainment Magic division was founded especially to accommodate him. It is part of Stage Entertainment International Touring, Stage Entertainment’s touring company. This has given Hans the opportunity to work with a highly experienced team, headed by Anthony van Laast MBE, one of the most successful creative directors, who has also been responsible for many other Stage Entertainment productions, as well as Stage Entertainment’s worldwide network. This has helped Hans to make his dream come true, creating a fantastic new magic show with a great many new breathtaking illusions. This new show will have the premiere in January 2007.