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David Kwong

As a magician and New York Times crossword puzzle constructor, David Kwong has delighted and confounded audiences worldwide. A TED Talk favorite, Kwong speaks to corporations and associations around the world, demonstrating the principles of illusion and the science of why your brain is fooled.

Meet David Kwong

Following the sold-out runs of his show The Enigmatist in New York City and Washington, DC., David Kwong brought his hit show to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2024. Critics rave about The Enigmatist, with the Washington Post calling it “a feat of cerebral sorcery.” Tickets will sell out fast!

David Kwong is also available to be booked for corporate and private events. Additionally, he is well-known for his keynote and motivational speaking. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about David Kwong’s fees.

Want to book David Kwong for an event?

Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group at 215-510-6607 to book David Kwong for corporate or private events, keynote speeches, workshops, fireside chats, motivational speaking, or virtual appearances. Our agency will work directly with your organization and our keynote speakers to create an unforgettable event.

The Mollie Plotkin Group is the leading keynote speakers agency and entertainment bureau bringing excitement to audiences, clients, and employees. We represent subject-matter experts in every possible field, so whether we’re your partner in creating a memorable meeting, or your meeting planner’s secret weapon in securing the perfect keynote speaker, we’re in this with you.


“The Enigmatist” David Kwong

David Kwong is a magician and veteran “cruciverbalist” (crossword puzzle constructor). Using his unique skills, David has delighted and confounded audiences worldwide. He routinely creates puzzles for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal. Additionally, David was the head magic consultant for the hit movie Now You See Me. He has also worked on The Imitation Game, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and The Afterparty on Apple TV.

His virtual show, Inside the Box, garnered a Critic’s Pick from the New York Times. Even more, his live one-man show, The Enigmatist, has sold out multiple runs in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. David’s brand of magic delights and challenges audiences around the world. His tricks and puzzles are never too hard, but just enough to get his audience thinking!

Keynote Speaking

As a keynote speaker, David Kwong has fascinated audiences as he explains and demonstrates “why we can be fooled so easily”. During his keynote speeches, David has pulled back the curtain on magic, explaining the science behind illusion. Similarly, in his book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success he explains how to increase your powers of persuasion and influence. However, David’s speeches go far beyond magic. Cross-pollination is at the core of David’s keynotes. Kwong loves working with his audience to create an entirely unique event.

How to Hire David Kwong

Find out how to hire David Kwong to perform at your next event. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group to inquire about David Kwong’s availability and cost. When booking David Kwong for an event, we need to know the type of venue and location the event will take place. David Kwong is a popular choice for corporate events, private events, and virtual events. So, you can click the Check Availability button or contact us and an MPG David Kwong booking agent will get back to you within 48 hours.

David Kwong Booking Price

How much to book David Kwong depends on the type of event. So, the cost to hire David Kwong for corporate or private events is available by contacting a Mollie Plotkin Group Agent. Notably, David Kwong is available for conferences, festivals, private parties and events. Just contact the Mollie Plotkin Group and tell the booking agent the proposed date, time, and location.

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Key Audience Takeaways

Mentalist vs. The Machine

We live in a world where with one click of a button, generative AI can create an elaborate image, a persuasive term paper, or a complex melody. In his latest talk and performance hybrid, David Kwong poses the following question: Despite our modern technological advancements, is there still room for wonder? Can we still experience awe and mind-blowing moments in the modern age of AI? … His answer is a resounding yes! In fact, David believes we can experience more wonder because of our current technology. And he has a brand-new show, Mentalist vs. The Machine, to illustrate this. 

David is leading his field with the integration of AI into magic. Recently in Davos, Switzerland, David spoke about the relationship of technology to wonder. His talk culminated with a ChatGPT illusion with CEO of Open AI, Sam Altman. In Mentalist vs. The Machine, David demonstrates wondrous digital miracles through tricks involving ChatGPT, Alexa, Wikipedia, and iPhones. The show culminates with David pitting his brain against The Machine’s, ultimately illustrating the power of human intellect and creativity. 


Spellbound: The Principles of Illusion

Despite astounding CEOs, TED Talk audiences, and thousands of other hyper-rational people and making them see, believe, and even remember what David wants them to, David doesn’t pretend to have super powers in any way. As he outlines in his book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion, he believes that all magic is science. It’s the science of fooling your brain. Illusion is an ancient art that centers on control, and understanding the fundamental principles of illusion will lead to more command and control in both life and work. Successful leaders—from Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and Ted Turner to President Obama, Megyn Kelly, and Jeff Bezos—are masters of control and command who understand how to sway opinions and achieve goals.

Magic does not have to be about deceiving people, but rather getting ahead of the competition. David Kwong explains this principle in an interview with PBS, “If you’re in a job interview, why not have seven different copies of your resume?” You can then present the resume that will be best received by your interviewer based on how the conversation plays out. “That’s no different than a magician and playing cards,” David says. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Bridge the gap between perception and reality to help increase your own powers of persuasion and influence. 
  • Learn the seven fundamental principles of illusion—rules anyone can learn to master. 
  • Discover a different way to sell your idea, product, or skills, and make your best shot better than everyone else’s.


Creating Order Out of Chaos

Taking Control of Digital Disorder

In today’s modern world, we are bombarded with incessant new information and data. We’re constantly scrolling and updating news feeds; we’re sifting through a never-ending barrage of posts and emails. In this presentation, David demonstrates, through feats of magic and practical insight, how to:

  • Organize vast amounts of data in your brain
  • See the world through the eyes of a magician, puzzle designer, and producer
  • Synthesize disparate bits of information into a holistic lifestyle

David illustrates how to take control of digital disorder in the way that only a New York Times crossword constructor and cerebral magician can do. 


Creativity Within Constraints and Parameters

The complex relationship between boundaries and productivity

Limitations inspire innovation. David Kwong, New York Times crossword constructor and master Illusionist, explains how constraints give us the freedom to create. Kwong demonstrates how to communicate engaging stories through:

  • The parameters of crossword puzzle construction
  • The sensitive angles of a stage illusion
  • Or the three act-structure of a screenplay

Inspire your audience with a new method of problem solving through David’s groundbreaking puzzles and illusions.


Smart Entertainment

MC & Entertainer

Bring the Spark of Magic to Your Next Corporate Off-Site

As a world-class illusionist and creator of the critically-acclaimed performance The Enigmatist, David Kwong is a creative, professional, and energizing MC for corporate events. Work with the Mollie Plotkin Group and David Kwong to tailor his appearance to your company culture and occasion. At his appearances, David Kwong can perform any or all of the following:

  • Master of Ceremonies services for your Awards Conference or Benefit
  • 1:1 On-site Magic Performances for Executives or Small Teams
  •  A Company-wide Performance with Audience Participation


The Enigmatist

The critically acclaimed show that started it all

David’s massive theatrical hit that sold-out The Kennedy Center in DC, The Geffen Playhouse in LA, and The Highline Hotel in New York. In this demonstration of illusion, puzzles and cryptography, David regales his audience with the history of America’s first codebreakers, while performing feats of mentalism and cerebral gymnastics. The fun begins right away: audience members come early to the show to solve the “Puzzle Room,” four creative puzzles that tie into the show. The Enigmatist is interactive, brainy and fun for all ages. 


Science: The Magician and the Crossword

The New York Times in Science: The Magician and the Crossword, praised David Kwong’s presentation, as he values “an air of sophistication” in his performances. 

This is one of David Kwong’s most requested performances because of its strength to bring teams together in wonder and amazement.


Inside the Box: An Exhilarating Interactive Experience for the Virtual Stage

Log on, put on your thinking caps, and join in the fun.

It’s no wonder that Inside the Box is a Critic’s Pick by the New York Times. World-class illusionist David Kwong transports you to the exhilarating world of puzzles and games. Attendees join an entirely interactive show of puzzles, hosted and facilitated by David as he drops fascinating facts on puzzle-making throughout history. This is the perfect team-building event for your remote-working team, large or small. “Inside the Box” is a sensational virtual experience, praised by the Los Angeles Daily News for its power to bring lively energy to Zoom meetings. 


Solving Together: A Puzzle Hunt

“The perfect team event.” – Google. Businesses value David Kwong’s Puzzle Hunt for its power to create stronger teams and alleviate employee burnout. Work together in small groups to solve a collection of puzzles (not too hard!) with outside the box thinking. Challenge your brain in creative ways to figure out how all the puzzles link together to form the final answer.

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