-Anthropologist, magician and mind reader Paul Draperwho has appeared on the History Channel, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, Travel Channel, HGTV and more, now teaches a course in the art of magic at Soka University.
Draper recently accepted a faculty position as Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Lecturer at Soka University of America in Southern California. The Art of Magic offers an in-depth and multifaceted look at how magic has reflected cultural and gender shifts through time, explores how moments in history influence the work of magicians as artists and considers how magic forces us to reinterpret what we think we know.
Soka University is the most diverse university in the United States, has the most international students per capita in the United States, and only Princeton has more endowments per student. the US News and World Report Soka ranks #29 in liberal arts colleges nationwide, it is a private university that emphasizes pacifism, human rights, and the creative coexistence of nature and humanity.
Internationally renowned professional practitioners will join as guest speakers to illustrate how artistic development – particularly as performed by magicians and their communities – continues to be reinvented within the landscape of what has been known and seen before. Guest speakers include Las Vegas headliner Jen Kramer; Broadway musical director Micah Young; Magic Circle President Megan Swann; magician and autism advocate Cody Clark; Siri inventor Adam Cheyer and Broadway director Tobias Beckwith.
In the accredited course, students engage deeply in the art of magic involving the timeless lessons of creativity and collaborative community that magic has to offer.
Draper appeared with David Copperfield, Lance Burton and Teller of Penn & Teller and as an expert for the History Channel. He performed for HBO Comedy Fest at Caesar’s Palace and hosted companion documentaries for Steven Spielberg“Poltergeists”.
In Las Vegas, he headlined many casinos, including Orleans Casino and Planet Hollywood V Theater, in addition to his seven years as a house magician for the Venetian Hotel & Casino.
The International Magicians Society presented Draper with a Merlin Award for Best Corporate Performer in the World. Recently Draper has performed at Yale, Disneyland, USC, Apple, YPO, The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Off-Broadway and The Magic Circle in London.