Lack of vision doesn’t keep magician from performing

December 22nd, 2008 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General
Photo courtesy Santa Cruz Sentinel

Photo courtesy Santa Cruz Sentinel

Brent Gifford was stricken blind by Stickler’s syndrome when he was about 12. At 15, he became a professional magician and hasn’t slowed since. He was featured in this report from the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

“The Great Blindini” has lived and performed across the country. In addition to his magic career, he has found ways to help others, from managing food services run by blind people to teaching Red Cross training sessions. He has also kept a sense of humor and a positive attitude, despite the condition that also causes skeletal and muscular problems:

“I chose the name ‘The Great Blindini’ because ‘The Great Gimpini’ just didn’t work.”


  1. Wow! That is very impressive, I don’t think I could ever do magic blind.

  2. About 10 years ago, I bought a Brainwave deck from a blind magician/shop owner in Kansas City, No idea if he’s still there, but I’ll always remember him as a very fun and enthusiastic performer.

    Cool stuff…

  3. Show that a positive attitude and a generous heart is the real magic.

  4. My friend Gary Hawn has been a blind pro magician since he was blinded by a granande in Vietnam. I first saw his Illusion show when I was in 4th grade (over 20 years ago). He still performs around northern IL. He’s an author and has swam with sharks, climbed Everest, appeared on Rosie O’Donnel, etc.
    It’s amazing how some men can’t be kept down!