Maxwell Blade

Maxwell Blade has been in Hot Springs for twenty-two years, and has the #1 attraction in Arkansas.  

Maxwell learned to play the piano and drums by ear, and at age eight began playing at a local church. He auditioned for a rock band at twenty-one, and toured with Exit Five, later Shark Avenue, for a total of eight years. The band was successful during the ’80s, and released two albums. His greatest musical influence is Elton John.  

When Blade was ten years old he saw his first magic show on television. The magic of Mark Wilson inspired him to learn the ancient art of magic. During the music tour he began performing magic in front of the band. The crowds loved it. Max attributes his success, skill, and passion, for performance art, to this early time in his career.  
Maxwell Blade’s solo career in magic began in 1991. He performed in clubs, festivals, and concerts, opening for well known bands, Trout Fishing In America, Dan Seals, and many others, under the direction of his manager Dick Renko.

Maxwell’s first large scale illusion show debuted on August 4th, 1994, at the King Opera House in Van Buren, Arkansas. The show was dedicated to his terminally ill mother, who passed away of Lou Gehrig’s Disease on August 11th, 1994.  

The illusion show toured for two years before settling in Hot Springs, Arkansas on August 28th 1996. For twelve years Blade performed his large scale production, alongside his wife Cathy Blade, and his daughters Courtney and Alexis, who began performing at two years old. In 2003 Gabrielle Blade was born, and joined him on stage shortly after.  

In 2008, Maxwell decided to downsize to a more intimate setting, and now does a smaller production. He enjoys the personal connection in this venue, and it gives him the opportunity to connect with his audience through magic, comedy, and music. Crowds from all over the world continue to enjoy his zany and unique style of entertainment.
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