Co-founder and CEO
Anthony started in magic as a young boy, pestering his father for a few dime-store novelty store tricks. After a few months of practice, and many shows in front of the family, his dad took him to Barlow, Kentucky and introduced him to Richard Price, a semi-retired professional Magician. Richard became Anthony’s first mentor and helped him set up his first stage shows which launched him into a professional career at the age of eight years old. Anthony continued to perform professionally throughout his childhood, teens and even into college years. After joining the military and returning from his first overseas assignment, he learned that his family had gotten rid of all his props, his professional magic career took a back seat to life.
In 2002, he was reunited with another former mentor, magician and motivational speaker Bill Coomer from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. By then Anthony was serving on active duty again. Bill spend most of Anthony’s two weeks stateside reigniting the interest in magic. Coomer slipped Kolb a CD of over 50 books of magic he had compiled into his carry on, hoping to inspire the protege to perform again. In 2003 Kolb performed for the first time since 1985 for underprivileged children in northern Illinois.
Traveling around the world, busking and performing at social events, and anywhere he could, Anthony continues to hone his magical skills. Anthony publishes in blogs, newpapers, magazines and trade journals. He can also be found at his wife, Julie’s book signings, performing. Anthony has been a member of both the International Brotherhood of Magicians and Society of American Magicians for many years and continues to put smiles on peoples faces around the world.
Co-founder & V.P.
Julie Kolb is and has been many things: a wife, mother, military spouse, grandmother, bookkeeper, office manager, nurse, library page & clerk, waitress, salesperson, tourist, student, teacher and the list goes on. She is a “Jill of many trades.” Life experiences have given her opportunities to meet many interesting wonderful people around the world.
Julie’s writing career began with behind her mother’s draperies, not resulting in the greatest of accolades. She moved on to her first “book,” where the dictionary entries of her older siblings’ Elementary Webster were finished out with scribbles. When asked what she had done, Julie proceeded to “translate the story” her scribbles represented.
Julie learned to read and write, she began keeping those stories in more acceptable notebooks and journals. Periodically in frustration with her lack of skill, she would send the stories up in flames for the angels to enjoy and start again. Once Julie had children of her own, she began creating spur of the moment bedtime stories to order for them to supplement traditional books. Eventually her writing expanded to blogs (the earliest in 2002). In 2014 she published her first book Snowball (currently available on Amazon.com.)
She is at work on the second edition of an illustrated picture book Bad Dream to be re-released in 2020, and a mystery story for grown ups, Sinister. Free short stories and poetry can be found on her blogs, ByJulieKolb.com, J-Kolb.com, and Patreon site.