Dutch magician Hans Klok isn't well known in the United States but is a major performer in Europe. He appeared in the past decade on "The World's Greatest Magic" and "Champions of Magic" (Monte Carlo) and other television specials.
"The Dutch David Copperfield":
According to his press releases, Hans Klok is one of entertainment’s leading stage magicians who regularly performs with some of show business' biggest names and is renowned for the speed and agility of his illusions. He is referred to as "the fastest magician in the world" and "The Dutch Copperfield," and his live stage shows have been selling out large arenas throughout Europe and Asia for the past decade.
Fast Start in Magic:
On February 22, 1969, Klok was born in a small town in Holland. He received a box of magic tricks when he was ten, which inspired him to perform magic shows at birthday parties. At 14, Klok won the European Youth Magician Champion Trophy and at 16, the Tommy Cooper Trophy. In 1990, Klok won first prize at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands and in the following year, won first prize at Germany's Congress for Professional Magicians.
In 1992, Klok toured Holland with comedian Andre van Duin and singer Gerard Joling. In 1994 he played Las Vegas for the first time and appeared in TV specials that aired in Germany and Holland.
In 1996, Klok first performed for NBC’s “The World’s Greatest Magic,” which was filmed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. In his first year on the annual series that ran for five years, he performed with a partner, Sittah, and in a later year, solo, with unnamed female assistants.
Touring and More Television:
In 1997, Hans Klok and Sita competed in FISM in Dresdon, Germany and placed second in the “Stage Illusions” category. In that year, Klok produced 25 soccer players from a tiny box in front of 55,000 fans in Rotterdam. He and Sittah were also featured in “The Champions of Magic” TV show that was filmed in Monte Carlo and hosted by Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
In 2000, he toured with his “Magic Impossible” show through some 59 cities throughout Europe. In 2003, Klok became an official ambassador for UNICEF and toured with his “History of Magic” show through throughout Europe and Dubai (UAE). In 2004, Klok took his first tour of China and performed at 64 venues in eight weeks.
"Faster Than Magic":
On November 22, 2006, Klok announced a new show, “Hans Klok - Faster than Magic,” which was scheduled to tour throughout the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Germany and extend to the other cities in Europe, as well as to the Middle East, Asia and the USA.
In February 2007, Planet Hollywood announced that Klok was teaming up with film and television personality Carmen Electra to perform in "Faster Than Magic
," a new show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Theater for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas.
The show at the Planet Hollywood ultimately starred Pamela Anderson.