Eric DeCamps was born of Dominican parents in Forest Hills, New York. Growing up, Eric developed a love for magic in his mid teens, and by the time he was a senior in high school he began frequenting local magic shops, attending magic conventions and practicing magic after school.
Early influences included the late Doug Henning and Frank Garcia. Henning was a popular Broadway performer in the 1970s and 1980s and his fun, playful style and penchant for storytelling pulled Eric into magic even deeper. Later, Eric had the opportunity to be mentored by Garcia, one of the most respected sleight of hand experts in the world.
Through college, Eric performed at private parties and on television both in New York and in the Dominican Republic. As a bilingual magician, doors really opened up for Eric and he soon became a favorite performer both here and abroad.
As a young man, he had begun to develop his own magic effects and techniques. Rather than repeat stories he had heard other performers recite during their performances, Eric strived to be original and different, and he spent more time developing his own stories around his unique material.
His first major opportunity to be in the Big Apple spotlight came when he was invited to become a regular performer on Friday and Saturday evenings at New York`s The Magic Townehouse, owned and operated by magicians Dick Brooks and Dorothy Dietrich. For three years, Eric shared the spotlight with many other talented performers from around the world and his performances were applauded by several entertainment editors including the New York Magazine and Back Stage.
Later Eric moved downtown to Mostly Magic in the heart of New York`s Greenwich Village. There he spent 12 years refining his magic even further, adding more humor and mystery and focusing on the classics of magic involving simple, everyday objects such as playing cards, silver dollars and silk handkerchiefs.
During this time, Eric became a much sought-after performer for major corporate events and society parties. He began to travel more, and was invited by his fellow magicians to lecture around the world including Japan, South America and Europe. His clients have included Time Warner, Morgan Stanley and American Express.
It was at this time that he began to develop a desire to “test his chops” against his fellow magicians, and he set about designing and structuring an act for artistic magic competitions. Over the next two years he would compete against the biggest stars in close-up magic in the Society of American Magicians (SAM), the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM), and at the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques (FISM).
In 1995, the Society of American Magicians bestowed upon him the Gold Medal of Excellence for Close Up Magic. He is only the second magician in the 115 year history of the organization to receive this prestigious award.
In 2006 Eric began creating a one-man show of his own, and in 2007 he launched it at The Three West Club’s The Lincoln Room located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. The show was a huge success and every show sold out and ended with a standing ovation. Working first with director, Steve Ciuffo and most recently with MAC award winner, Bob Fitch, Eric relaunched his one-man show at Manhattan`s posh nightclub, The Metropolitan Room in 2008 and in 2009.
His one-man show continues to lure people from across the U.S. and around the world, both the general public and magicians alike. The show features rarely seen sleight of hand effects including an emotional and moving mystery involving a simple tea cup and some bread crumbs (watch the video on the home page), and his showstopper — “The Spirit Box” — the closing piece of Eric’s performance, where unseen forces do seemingly impossible things. After seeing it, you will believe in spooks!