I Paid A Private Investigator To Tell Me Who Mr Blonde Is
I’m not sharing their name, but I will use this to dive into the topic of anonymity in magic - The Masked Magician, The Jerx, Mr Blonde... why's everyone so afraid of themselves?
Magicians buy magic tricks from magic shops like Vanishing Inc. Most of the time, they’re buying closely guarded magic secrets — sometimes, they’re buying special magic props that allow them to perform impossible magic tricks.
An anonymous magic creator recently released a magic wallet product to the market. They did so under the pseudonym ‘Mr Blonde.’ The magic creator went all-in on their secret identity. They claimed to be a part of an underground collective of three magicians named ‘The Collective.’ Mr Blonde is the figurehead and founder of the secretive team.
His marketing embraced the fact that they use a secret identity to release magic products. His bio reads: ‘Mr Blonde is someone you know. Someone you have heard of. Someone you have watched. He is a well-known and highly established English performer who wishes to remain anonymous.’
Note: the spelling of Blonde/Blond is inconsistent everywhere, so it’s not just this article that switches between the two.
Their first and potentially final (more on this later) magic release is a special peek wallet named ‘The Peak.’ Yes, he’s very creative with his naming skills. The wallet allows magicians to secretly peek inside to gather information perhaps written on a business card by a spectator.
The roll-out, launch, and eventual roll-back of Mr Blonde have intrigued me. The story involves some famous magicians, magic industry drama, product failures, The Jerx (one of the most infamous anonymous magicians), and a private investigator (because I hired one).
You should note that on the 21st of October, I contacted Mr Blonde directly. I let him know I was writing this article, and I asked if he wanted to provide any commentary on his first product release, its aftermath, Murphy’s Magic, and the concept of anonymity within the magic world.
Mr Blonde did not respond to my email.
I waited three weeks to publish this article.
1. The Peak
Mr Blonde’s first product release was released worldwide via Murphy’s Magic. Murphy’s is the world’s largest magic wholesaler. Creators and publishers pitch products to their buyers, Kathy Carini and Patrick Wolford.