About Joel

Joel Acevedo was a kid when he fell in love with magic. He saw a magician whose entertaining performance created emotions in him so memorable that motivated Joel to find ways to share this arcane art with others.


At age 15, he took lessons from two extraordinary magicians: Karlo and Manuel Velasco. Karlo and Manuel studied in Spain and introduced Joel to the structural conception of magic, its theory, and techniques as employed and taught by Spanish masters such as Arturo Ascanio and Juan Tamariz. Shortly after that, Joel started performing professionally in his native country, Puerto Rico.


During later years, Joel combined his studies in Computer Engineering with magic performances for individuals and corporations such as IBM, NASA, Liberty Mutual, and the University of Michigan.


Joel’s passion for the art took him to Madrid, Spain where he took advanced courses at the magic school: La Gran Escuela de la Magia, Ana Tamariz where he now teaches as a guest professor. In addition to performing professionally both locally and internationally, Joel works as an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Driven by his constant search for guidance and inspiration, Joel traveled to Las Vegas to attend the Magic and Mystery School where he had the pleasure of learning from the hands of master magician Jeff McBride.


Joel is based in Massachusetts, U.S.A. where he performs all around New England. He is the producer and co-star of one of Boston's highest rated shows: Four-Handed Illusions:An Intimate Evening of Laughs and Wonder. In addition to his appearances in private and public events, he is a regular performer at Boston’s original magic cabaret: The Mystery Lounge.


When you hire Joel, you are getting the result of over 20 years of passionate study and contemplation: magic that is engaging, entertaining and amazing. When you hire Joel you are getting emotional responses, guaranteed!


Four-Handed Illusions returns to elegant Hampshire House for its 3rd year. 


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