is one of America's
best-known close-up magicians
, and is famous within the worldwide magical community.
Born in Charlestown, WV. Raised in the tiny, coal-mining community of Logan, WV. He is the youngest of four children to A.S. "Buddy" Ammar and Betty Ammar.
Michael was first introduced to magic when he saw an ad on the back of a comic book, "250 Tricks for 25 cents." He sent in his quarter, and received a mail order catalog. Living in a state that didn't have a single magic shop, Michael ordered some tricks via the catalog and began a journey into magic. Not long after, he met fellow West Virginian, Bill Smith, who helped mentor Michael's early love of magic.
Michael developed an act - incorporating doves, linking rings and other classic stand-up magic. Donning a powdered-blue tux and ruffled shirt, he performed at local shows in his area. In 1976 and 1977, he was named Magician of the Year
by the Mountain State Mystics. Soon after, Michael was asked to perform his stage act at the MagiFest in Columbus, OH. After a disastrous performance, young Michael gave his doves and all magic away to the stage manager. But all was not lost, he found he was still in love with magic, and decided not to quit completely but turn his focus to sleight-of-hand magic.
While attending West Virginia University, Michael continued to hone and practice his magic (even during class). As a student, Michael would frequently perform at the college... Read More