Two Houstonians are keeping the city magical, but their national recognition wasn’t just pulled from a hat

Madeline Haskell, wife of Robert Haskell, one of the magician-partners in the Merve Taylor Magic Factory of North Hollywood, Calif., demonstrates the spectacular “Card-Sword Trick”, March 28, 1952. A deck of 52 cards is tossed into the air and three previously selected cards are pierced by the swordsman as they fall. Mrs. Haskell is said to be the only professional lady conjuror with the courage to perform this stunt. (AP Photo/Don Brinn)

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The talent of two Houston magicians is no ordinary hat trick.

That’s because Robbie Bennett and Ben Jackson have been perfecting their craft of deception for some time now.

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Magic may have quite literally saved Bennett when he was a kid, as the now-acclaimed performer reportedly received his first kit while battling chronic illness at age 10. Although he did not discover his enchanting side until age 12, Bennett said learning magic transformed his life, and he’s been performing ever since.

Bennett is now a regular on the corporate and private party circuit, and he’s no rookie when it comes to performing in magic meccas, including Las Vegas and New York.

Despite his success, Bennett is dedicated to maintaining his selflessness, giving back to the community through service with Best Buddies and working to bring laughter to people’s lives by including comedy in many of his routines, as well as part of his performance repertoire.

The dynamic combination of altruism, professionalism, and humor has even taken him as far as performing at the Ford Motor’s Built Tough showcase as part of Super Bowl LI.

But he’s not the only Houston magician on the national stage. Just this week, Ben Jackson put together a trick for “Ellen.”

As one of the youngest magicians to win first place at the World Magic Seminar’s International Close-up Magic Competition in Las Vegas, Jackson’s recognition speaks for itself.

Like Bennett, he’s got a couple of fans:

He was also featured on this week’s podcast of The H discussing, according to the episode’s description, the influence the city of Houston has played in the pursuit of his craft and career.

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Both professionals regularly have scheduled events around town, so if you believe in magic, check out tickets for Bennett and Jackson.

No word on when the two will be facing off in a “Prestige”-style showdown, but be sure you thoroughly read any waivers you may receive before being sawed, transformed, made to disappear, copied in a Tesla machine, etc.

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