Paul Draper’s Magic and the Art of Being Human

is creating Magic, Music, Mind-Reading, Anthropology, Storytelling, & more

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About Paul Draper’s Magic and the Art of Being Human

Hello, my name is Paul Draper.

Over the past few weeks, we have all faced the uncertainties and loneliness of social distancing. We cannot gather for live performances. Classes, from preschools to graduate schools, are cancelled.

But we can still come together to learn, laugh, and grow. Today, for as little as $5 per month, you can join me. I, along with guest teaching artists, will bring you magic, music, mind-reading, anthropology, storytelling, and much more.

You have a unique opportunity to help sustain artists in a difficult time. Help us continue to entertain, educate, and inspire by becoming a patron of art and education.

Become a part of something wonderful by joining at one of the tiers now! 



If you don't already know about my performances and research, I am passionate about discovering and sharing the magic of theater, belief, and human connection. I've traveled the world and studied with renowned mentors to uncover human universals.

Magic and the Art of Being Human is an online classroom and theater that offers engaging content for everyone. From sleight-of-hand to storytelling to celebrity interviews, we can create the online community of your dreams together. By joining now, you will help shape the content, lessons, and performances that will be created for this unique space.

Want to learn more about performance? I’ve found professional success as a singer, speaker, magician, mind-reader, stage manager, producer, and actor. Let’s have a lesson on the basics of voice, sweeping like a stage manager (it’s a real thing!), or what to do when everything goes wrong.

Would you like to talk about human history and travel? I’ve taught at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, lectured at USC and presented as a master lecturer at Yale. We can spend a rainy day looking at artifacts from my cabinet of curiosities or learning the Israeli folk dances I teach at synagogues in the American Southwest.

Want to know more about how to succeed in the ever-changing world around you? We can share the public speaking secrets, improv skills, team-building exercises that I teach to corporate clients.

Are you looking for pure entertainment? Settle in for some storytelling, watch a few of my celebrity interviews, use an online video platform to join in a live reading of play, or laugh at videos of my strongman skills.

My content can be as limitless as your interests. You help shape this page, choose guest teachers, and make magic every day just by being you! Let Paul Draper help you perfect the Art of Being Human.

This Patreon is built to create a community that includes you. Like the royal patrons of the past who preserved and promoted the arts and social sciences, you will make it possible for my work to continue.

By becoming a member, you will receive access to a variety of dedicated content and you will also have a major impact on the direction of my future work and performances.

Some of the offerings you will receive will focus on ideas and tools to help you unlock the secrets to understanding people. Much of the additional content will be filled with my sharing the tricks of the trade as I reveal ideas and musings on magic, theater, juggling, and performance.

As a sustaining member who pledges a monthly donation, you will receive early access to chapters of my two upcoming books!

1) The first book is filled with the tools for leadership, motivation, and communication that I have shared with C-suite leaders in my seminars at some of the world's top 100 hospitals and with fortune 100 companies.

2) The second book is dedicated to helping magicians, mentalists, and variety artists on their journey to becoming successful and engaging performers.

The lion's share of my time over the last decade has been traveling to where people gather: theaters, theme parks, casinos, universities, conventions, and celebrations. I have found that watching and helping people celebrate instantly tells me everything about who they are! You will learn to do this, too.

This is a time for us to collaborate and to find new ways to celebrate. It is my goal for us to come together to empower each other through this partnership. Let's share wonderful ideas that will change the way we view the world and allow us to make everything we see more magical.
Thank you for continuing the ancient tradition of royal patronage of artists and scientists.

ABOUT Paul Draper:
You are probably here because you have watched me perform, seen me on TV, or attended my classes and lectures.

However, if you don't know who I am, here is a bit of my biography:

Cultural Anthropologist, Mind-Reader, and Magician

As an entertainer,
Paul Draper has appeared on the History Channel, A&E, HBO, Hallmark, the Travel Channel, HGTV, and shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Pawn Stars, Ghost Adventures, Mindfreak, and House Hunters. He has performed for HBO Comedy Fest at Caesar’s Palace and hosted companion documentaries for Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist. In Las Vegas, he has headlined for many casinos, including The Orleans casino and Planet Hollywood V Theater, in addition to his seven years as house magician for the Venetian Hotel & Casino.

Draper has performed at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, Off-Broadway in New York, at Disneyland, and at the Magic Circle in London. He has also performed for celebrities like J.J. Abrams, Dick Van Dyke, and Millie Bobbie Brown. Draper has appeared on Royal Caribbean’s Azamara cruise line representing New York's Feinstein's/54 Below and has performed multiple shows for the leadership of Bentley of China.

As an anthropologist and organizational expert, Paul Draper has taught at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and served as a master lecturer at Yale University. He has recently consulted for Apple Inc. headquarters in California, and in Florida, he has acted as a consultant for Martin Memorial Health Systems, for Orlando Healthcare Systems, for Tallahassee Healthcare Systems, and for Lee Health in Fort Myers, where he was given the honorary title of Chief Culture Officer. In addition to his multiple TEDx talks, Draper has chaired multiple panels at the American Anthropology Association National Convention and has been regularly featured as an expert on the History Channel, A&E, and ABC.

Paul Draper is also frequently called upon as an expert in fields ranging from magical history to human consciousness. As an anthropologist and member of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, Paul Draper has studied Native American ghost dancers, South American cannibals, and spiritualists.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What specifically will the money go towards?

This money will allow me to dedicate more of my creative time to developing lectures, shows, and products that you want to see in the world.

Specifically, here are a few things I hope to accomplish:

1) Writing and publishing at least two books: one on leadership and one on performance
2) Releasing magic effects to the magic community
3) Successfully pitching a television show dedicated to the Anthropology of Magic or creating content for a streaming service
4) Dedicating more time to national charities and local 401c3 organizations
5) Continuing to support myself and my loved ones

Do you get all of the money?
I am able to keep 90% of the money. 10% goes to Patreon/processing fees.

Can I stop donating in the future if I change my mind?
Absolutely. You can change your pledge amount or cancel at any time.

Do I have to pay in US Dollars?
No, you can use any currency at checkout and it will be automatically converted.
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