I.B.M. Member Profile

Artist And Designer

Magician With A Paintbrush

About Rick Heath


Rick Heath: Some Biographical Notes

One of the original cast members of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company, never missing a show in 35 years from 1976 through 2012, and performing seven times with the Company at The White House in Washington, D.C.

For 35 years, served as the company’s principal artist, painting illusions, backdrops, posters, murals and portraits, working closely with founder and director, Cesareo Pelaez. Also responsible for the continual care, maintenance and restoration of the Company's two historic theatres in Beverly, Massachusetts — the 1920 Cabot Street Cinema Theatre, and the 1912 Larcom Theatre. Sold the Cabot Theatre in October 2014, and the Larcom Theatre in September 2016.

A new chapter began over five years ago when Cesareo died on March 24, 2012, and when the Company completed its 35-year run with its final performance on May 27, 2012. Recognition as an artist grew after two major auctions of Le Grand David illusions, posters, backdrops and memorabilia in February 2014 and April 2016 that attracted magicians and collectors worldwide.

After returning from a 2013 trip to Amsterdam and Florence to see Dutch and Renaissance art, launched business, Magician With A Paintbrush, located in Salem, Massachusetts, and began to work independently, accepting commissions to build, paint and restore magic for magicians and collectors, and continue to do so today.

Recently featured on the cover of the November 2015 issue of The Linking Ring. Original painting entitled The Benevolence of Magic appeared on the December Linking Ring cover and was auctioned to raise money for the I. B. M. Magicians’ Support Fund. 

In January 2002, received a Special Fellowship Award in Graphic Design from The Academy of Magical Arts.

In July 2014, honored with the Milbourne Christopher Award for Visual Magic at the combined I.B.M/S.A.M. convention in St. Louis.

Memberships include the following:

International Brotherhood of Magicians, Order of Merlin. Member since 1981. 
Society of American Magicians. Member since 1979.
Academy of Magical Arts, Lifetime Magician Member

New England Magic Collectors Association.
The Magic Collectors Association.