Maritess Zurbano

Master Magician, Hypnotist, Speaker

Maritess Zurbano is a master magician, hypnotist, and author. She began as a Las Vegas magician, performing at every major casino on the Strip for private and corporate events. 

She was nominated and represented the United States to compete against 150 magicians from around the world at the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques 2000 in Lisbon. It is colloquially referred to as “the Olympics of magic.” Currently, she performs magic and comedy hypnotism at exclusive events around the world.

Zurbano is regularly profiled in the media and asked for her opinion on magic and the occult. Her 2013 guest editorial for the Seattle Times focused on the dearth of women in magic. Media like Newsday, Lifetime Television, BBC News, Epoch Times, and The Village Voice quote her and write about her work.

Zurbano is the only Filipina-American stage hypnotist, mind-reader and Master Magician in the world.

Her mind-blowing and and hilarious shows deliver a dynamic combinations of expertise, professionalism, and honor to take audiences on her magical journeys.

During her comedy hypnosis shows you will feel the amazing power of your own mind. Be the show or see the show.


'Urban sophistication with an edge..." New York Newsday

"Today, Zurbano's magic act is about taking back power, exerting that power over her audience..." Bust Magazine



Maritess has lectured on hypnotism, magic, and mentalism across the United States and around the world. Her book, "By Any Means Necessary" is her mentalism book written for hypnotists.



She has won literary grants from 4Culture and Artist Trust, and a Hedgebrook Artist-Residency. Excerpts from her memoir can be found in literary journals such as Berkeley’s Maganda magazine, The Crab Creek Review and in The Chicago Reader newspaper. She has written and performed a one-woman play, Misdirection, partially developed at the New York Public Theater and workshopped at Bindlestiff Theater in San Francisco, the New York International Fringe Festival, the New York Ars Nova Theater Festival and a staged reading at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

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