Joseph Culpepper

History of magic

Joseph is a skilled performer, magician and magic consultant. Co-founder of the performance troupe Ars Mechanica, he works as a consultant for private and public organizations. He also holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. His thesis, “Reception and Adaptation: Magic Effects, Mysteries and Con Games,” examines how individuals experience magic through various media. Joseph has taught the history of magic and its adaptation to the circus arts at the École nationale de cirque of Montreal since 2014.