John Anderson
Palm Bay, Florida

John is a magician/balloon artist, performing in various local restaurants in the Melbourne-Palm Bay area. He can be seen every Tuesday night at Beef O’Brady’s in Palm Bay, every Wednesday’s night at Duffy’s in Melbourne, the 1st Thursday of each month at Chick-Fil-A on Palm Bay Road, and every Friday night at El Chico's in Melbourne.  John also does corporate and private parties across Brevard County.

John is the current President of the Space Coast Magic Club and President of the Clown Smart Clown Alley. He currently is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Society of American Magicians, Clowns of America and the World Clown Association.  In 2008 John won 2nd place at the Florida State Magic Convention in walk-around magic.

Recently John performed at the grand opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods at Melbourne Square Mall, National City Bank in Viera and Viera Child Care in Viera. For the past six years he has done balloons for the Melbourne Arts Festival in Downtown Melbourne in April. His daughters, Bevan and Jonna also do face-painting with him in restaurants, special events, and children's birthday parties.

John began doing magic in 1977. He taught himself a few “tricks” by reading an old magic book he had received from his dad during his boyhood.  After practicing and working up a few “tricks” he booked himself doing walk around magic in a local restaurant in Columbus Georgia. Within a few months he had been asked to teach a magic course at Columbus College.

John started the magic clubs in Columbus and Savannah, Georgia by teaching a course in Magic at the local college and then starting a club with the students of the course. He and several magicians from Montgomery, Alabama started the club in Montgomery. John also became a member of Ring 9 in Atlanta. Meeting with other great magicians, attending conventions, and reading books on magic added to his skills as a magician. Over the years John has served as past president of Ring #188 and Assembly #198.

While in Georgia he worked with David Copperfield on “Project Magic”. John wrote and produced mall shows throughout the Southeast using the Disney characters in Back to School programs for 6 years. He also put on magic shows, producing Santa in malls across the Southeast for over 10 years. John also was a clown for a major fast food chain for 9 years while still in Georgia.

Other Information of Interest
John has a bachelor degree from Columbus State and a master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a current Florida teaching certificate in music. He taught music in the Brevard County school system for 11 years and was the minister of contemporary music at Suntree United Methodist Church for 15 years.

John currently works as a teacher for the Brevard County School System.  John has passed the necessary state-mandated background checks for working with children.