Cosmo Solano was bitten by the show business bug when he performed “the TV Magic Cups” publicly for the first time before his Kindergarten class at “show and tell”. His first paid performance came at the age of 13 when he earned $15.00 to perform at a backyard barbecue.
Cosmo later studied classic stage magic at the prestigious Chavez College of Magic, but his love for performing “close up magic”, soon overshadowed his desire to be a stage magician and he become one of the busiest magicians in Los Angeles.
“I wasn’t trying to become famous, I was trying to make sure I ate! I took every type of magic job I could, my love was for sleight of hand but I did kidshows, nursing homes, taught magic to kids at day camps, and even worked in magic shops during the day. Living in your car for a couple of months will cure you of being complacent very quickly!”
At 21, he became a member of the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle where he would be mentored by contemporary masters in sleight of hand. Over the next few decades, he would meet and become close friends with many of the very legends he admired as a child.
For over 30 years Cosmo has since performed for heads of state, celebrities and leaders in business and industry. After a few years in Las Vegas, Cosmo returned to Colorado seeking a more family oriented environment and now resides in Colorado Springs, CO.
Cosmo has become internationally known among his peers for inventing unique magic effects used by some of the top performers around the world. His influence and creations can be seen the world over on stages, in private venues and on international television.
In 2015 Cosmo wrote a unique show called “the 10”. created specifically for “intimate” audiences of just ten people.
After a short and successful trial run in various public venues, Cosmo built a small private theater (in a private location) that seats 12 people, called the Close Up Room. Since it’s opening he and his wife Carrie have hosted dozens of private performances for audiences that attend by invitation or recommendation only. The Close Up Room continues to operate today.
“For many years, I’ve had the desire to one day own my own theater. Opening “The Close Up Room” started as an experiment that I’d hoped would allow me to do my “dream” show featuring very intimate, personal demonstrations of sleight of hand. I hoped I might be able to eventually do one show a month. To my surprise and joy, we immediately were getting requests to do shows almost once a week! If The Close Up Room was a dream come true, “Cosmo’s Magic Theater” is like a dream within a dream!” -Cosmo Solano