Matt the Knife
Born 1981Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation Mentalist, Con artist, Sideshow Performer, Escape Artist, Comedian, Lecturer, Magician


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Matt the Knife

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Matt the Knife on stage reading an audience member's mind.

"Matt the Knife" (born 1981, also called MTK) was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Boston, but now resides in Rhode Island. He is a magician and mentalist as well as the breaker of a multitude of Guinness World Records. but began his career as a professional con man.

Early life

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From the ages of approximately 14 through 21, he worked as a con artist, operated a card-cheating ring, a shoplifting ring and a pick-pocketing ring who bilked dozens of casinos, corporations and even at least one Mafia family (in spite of, or possibly due to, being tied to at least two criminal families himself) out of untold sums. It was during this time that he met a young Lee Majors, who helped him complete his wildly unsuccessful autobiographical novel 'Knife To Knife You: The Knife Story Of Matt The Knife'.

Transition into the magical arts

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Sometime around 2000 he began to adapt his talents from that of a criminal to the skills of a conjurer and slowly transitioned out of an illegal lifestyle over the next couple of years. Since then his magic has taken him on to perform in 11 countries across 3 continents (including television shows in the United States, China, Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom and several others).

He’s probably best known for his feats of mentalism but also often mixes sword swallowing, stunts, escapes, magic and brand of humor in to his stage shows.

Guinness World Records

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As of 2009[update] he's broken 12 Guinness records. They include records for things such as escapes, sword swallowing, fire manipulation, feats of strength, and card manipulation. He usually performs these stunts either for publicity or for the climax of his various television specials.


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Since his transition from a grifter to a performer he's also gone on to be an anti-fraud expert. The stories from his early years along with tips on how to protect yourself, information about fraudulent activities, and demonstrations of many of these feats were put together for his keynote speaking engagements. The lecture has been featured at theaters, colleges and corporate events.


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In 2003 he founded a consulting firm that specializes in the prevention of fraud and cheating within the gaming industry and their personnel, corporations, security & police forces, as well as the film, literary, theatrical and television industries to create realistic characters and help develop more accurate depictions of topics involving criminal activity, the occult, the allied arts, the magical arts and mentalism.

Spiritualism and séances

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Some time between 2001 to 2004 he began to occasionally perform a very different style show than what he'd become known for. It is a séance based performance entitled "Epitaph". It debuted in Rhode Island and it has toured in several major cities including Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC and New Orleans.

But in spite of his claims that it was only intended for entertainment and that the theatrical community it has come under fire by some right-wing religious groups in the US.

Media credits

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Matt The Knife has been featured in The New York Post,The New York Times, ESPN Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, PLAY Magazine, The "METRO" Paper, Road King Magazine, Escape Masters Magazine, Amusement Business Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal; as well as being on The Discovery Channel,NBC, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, CNN, The History Channel, Adult Swim on The Cartoon Network, Guinness World Records, Sirius Satellite Radio,CCTV (China), Rai Tre (Italy) and The BBC (United Kingdom).

He was also a question on the American game show Jeopardy!.

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