A **mathemagician** is a mathematician who is also a magician. The term "mathemagic" is believed to have been introduced by Royal Vale Heath with his 1933 book "Mathemagic"..^{[1]}

The name "mathemagician" was probably first applied to Martin Gardner, but has since been used to describe many mathematician/magicians, including Arthur T. Benjamin,^{[2]} Persi Diaconis,^{[3]} and Colm Mulcahy.^{[4]} Diaconis has suggested that the reason so many mathematicians are magicians is that "inventing a magic trick and inventing a theorem are very similar activities."^{[5]}

Mathemagician is a neologism, specifically a portmanteau, that combines mathematician and magician. A great number of self-working mentalism tricks rely on mathematical principles. Max Maven often utilizes this type of magic in his performance.

The Mathemagician is name of a character in the 1961 children's book *The Phantom Tollbooth*. He is the ruler Digitopolis, the kingdom of mathematics.

## Notable mathemagicians

- Matt Baker
^{[6]} - Arthur T. Benjamin
- Persi Diaconis
- Richard Feynman
- Karl Fulves
- Martin Gardner
- Ronald Graham
- Royal Vale Heath
- Colm Mulcahy
- Raymond Smullyan
- Bernard Meulenbroek
^{[7]} - Tori Noquez
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## References

**^**"Mathemagic" by Royal Vale Heath and Jerome Sydney Meyer, Simon and Schuster, New York (1933)**^**Albers, Donald J. "Art Benjamin - Mathemagician."*Math Horizons*, November 1998, 14-18.**^***Professor of*by Don Albers and Persi Diaconis,~~Magic~~Mathematics*Math Horizons*Vo. 2, No 3 (February 1995), pp. 11-15**^**Mathematics Awareness Month 2014: Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery Committee Members**^**Diaconis, Persi. Quoted in: Albers, Donald J. "Professor of~~Magic~~Mathematics."*Math Horizons*, February 1995, 11-15.**^**"The Magic of Math".*www.news.gatech.edu*. Retrieved 2019-09-20.**^**"MatheMagician".*mathemagician.tudelft.nl*. Retrieved 2018-06-19.**^**"Is the Hand Quicker Than the Zoom Window?".*www.nytimes.com*. Retrieved 2020-10-10.

## Further reading

- Diaconis, Persi & Graham, Ron.
*Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks*Princeton University Press, 2012. ISBN 0691169772 - Fulves, Karl.
*Self-working Number Magic*, New York London : Dover Constable, 1983. ISBN 0486243915 - Gardner, Martin.
*Mathematics, Magic and Mystery*, Dover, 1956ISBN 0-486-20335-2 - Ron Graham, Ron.
*Juggling Mathematics and Magic*University of California, San Diego