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Jason Latimer is one of the judges in Syfy's reality magic competition series "Wizard Wars."

Jason Latimer went to his first magic show when he was nine years old. He recalls his reaction as the magician performed on stage, "It rocked my world! I had to know how it worked. It was so beyond anything I had ever seen … Right then, I realized how much more there is to learn … about everything." Latimer began studying the art of magic unlike any child before him. He wasn't learning magic tricks
Jason Latimer in "Wizard Wars"
Jason Latimer Wizard Wars
to show the kids on the playground; he was learning about the trick itself, how it works versus how people viewed it.

Enthralled with what it meant to think like a magician, Latimer turned a normal childhood hobby into a science. As he grew so did his approach; his effects were his theories, his shows were his experiments, and audiences' reactions were his results, which he analyzed and interpreted to advance his designs even more.

By eighteen his unique approach allowed him to be one of the youngest individuals to ever headline at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, as well as be the opening act for The Amazing Johnathan Show at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although Latimer is recognized today as "one of magic's most gifted creators" (Genii Magazine), he openly describes his work as a mission "not to trick you, nor to fool you, but to show you how much there is still left to discover … about everything. There is always a connection between what we know and what we can dream. Impossible is merely an opinion."

Putting down the magic books and picking up the science books, Latimer attended the University of California Santa Barbara. There he received a formal education and degree in the fields of Economics and Mathematics, while working with numerous other universities in research of Applied Physics and Perceptual Psychology. His work has gathered recognition worldwide amongst scholars, receiving awards in physics and engineering, as well as being a deemed an authority on subjects of inattentional blindness and visual science.

As an undergraduate Latimer began combining sciences together, and in turn the academic world united behind him as professors quickly saw the talent of this young man's adaptive mind. While still attending the university as an undergraduate, Latimer was asked to lecture for numerous departments on topics such as Psychology and Physics, and his theoretical work of involving those fields in magic. Often missing classes and labs to lecture at other universities across the country or to perform magic in venues around the globe, Latimer recalls his college career, "I wasn't really there to study for grades. I was searching for a better understanding of the world. I wanted to really question the impossible and that meant learning more than what was on my curriculum."

Today Latimer's brilliant mind has literally developed a style of magic on an unprecedented level. With seventeen consecutive championship titles and awards for his work, including the highest award and honor the world of magic can bestow on an individual — the prestigious title of "The Grand Prix 'Best Overall' World Champion of Magic," Latimer is advancing the art and the public's imagination into the twenty-first century. His live show is actually changing the world's perception of what is possible, offering effects such as shaping water into objects then popping them, bending light with his bare hands, levitating liquids, animating drawings on his skin, forming smoke and countless other jaw-dropping effects. His groundbreaking advancements and contributions in the fields of performance, design, and applied sciences have literally redesigned not only his art but the way one thinks.


How old is Jason Latimer? Find out here.

Age: 35 years old
Birthday: March 7, 1981

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