About Hans

Hans Klok - Biography

On his tenth birthday, Hans Klok received a magic box and started performing at friends’ birthday parties. At the age of twelve he became Dutch youth champion in magic, at fourteen he became European youth champion in magic.
Klok calls himself “The fastest magician in the World”. In 1990 he and his assistant Sittah won the fastest metamorphosis in the world” the Grand Prix of the Netherlands and the Henk Vermeyden challenge trophy. The following year he appeared at the Opera House Theater in the Winter Gardens entertainment complex in Blackpool, as well as in France, Japan, South America, the United States, the Caribbean and all Western European countries. He won first prize at the international Magic Fachkongress in Germany and appeared in television shows at home and abroad. In 1991 he gave the opening performance of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques in Lausanne – a trade fair for magicians and illusionists where he had the opportunity to present his own show. The theater of amusement park Duinrell was renovated and furnished according to his wishes. This show attracted 170,000 visitors. The following year he returned to Duinrell with a new show.

Hans Klok - Biography

In 1993 Klok appeared as a guest in the André van Duin Revue. The performances in Duinrell and the collaboration with Van Duin marked Klok’s definitive breakthrough in the Netherlands. He was asked to give a series of performances during the ‘dinner shows’ in Studio 21 in Hilversum. He also performed at the World Press Photo Gala. In 1994-1995 Klok participated in Gerard Joling’s theater tour, he performed in Las Vegas at the Loew’s hotel in Monte Carlo and in major German shows such as Der Grosse Künstler Preis and Linda de Mol’s Surpriseshow. In August 1996, Klok was invited by NBC to perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as part of the television program The World Greatest Magic. Klok used the following period to prepare his first theater show, which premiered in October at the Luxor Theater in Rotterdam. In 1998 he did a second theater show, Magic Live on Stage, followed by Magic Impossible. At the 1997 World Magic Championship in Dresden, Klok and his team took second place in the “Illusionism” category. That same year, he appeared in the ABC special Champions of Magic.

His father, who had been the driving force behind his son’s business, passed away unexpectedly in early 2002. Hans Klok’s brother took over his father’s duties. In the summer of 2002, Klok performed in the Wonderful Efteling Show in the new theater in the Efteling. From December 27, 2002, he then performed for three months all over Europe with his show History of Magic.
At the end of 2004 his brother came up with the idea for a show in Ahoy in Rotterdam. Shortly after the shows, a conversation followed with Joop van den Ende, who suggested a collaboration. Stage Entertainment Magic was founded in 2006, in which Stage Entertainment (Joop van den Ende) and Hans Klok Illusions each had their say. On December 9, 2005, Klok performed during the draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He put on a show for millions of viewers in which he conjured up the cup.
In August 2006, Klok toured all Holland Casino locations. During 2006, he was preparing for his new show Faster than Magic, which premiered on January 5, 2007 in Cologne. The show told his life story with music and illusions. In addition to Klok, his three assistants worked on stage: Nathalie Hoop, Zarina Potapova and Debbie Verhey. Klok was then allowed to perform at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Carmen Electra was initially added to the show here, but she withdrew after she was found to suffer from claustrophobia. Pamela Anderson replaced her as an assistant. The show ended in mid-November 2007.
Immediately after his shows in Las Vegas, Hans Klok provided the park show of Ouwehands Dierenpark for a period.
Back in the Netherlands, he was taken under the care of Stardust Circus International BV of the producer couple Henk van der Meijden and Monica Strotmann. After their first joint Dutch theater show Hurricane, their own Christmas show followed at the end of 2010, also performed in major cities in Germany and Austria.
In 2011, Klok was the first illusionist to spend five weeks in a sold-out Royal Theater Carré in Amsterdam with the Circus Hurricane show, a combination of magic and circus, followed by a national tour. In December a major German tour followed with the program Magie der Weihnacht.

Hans Klok - And Friends

During an appearance on the BBC’s The One Show on February 3, 2012, Klok was spotted by supermodel Kate Moss and asked to perform as a surprise act at Stella McCartney’s Fashion Dinner on February 18, 2012, in which he had model and television presenter Alexa Chung hover over three swords. Among the many guests were Rihanna, Anna Wintour and Mario Testino. From 23 February to 25 March 2012, Klok played The Houdini Experience at the Peacock Theater in London’s West End for five weeks. The Mail on Sunday wrote that Klok was the first in a hundred years to equal Houdini. In addition, in the final of The Magicians at the BBC on 11 February 2012, he broke his own record by performing 12 great illusions in 5 minutes.
On July 10, 2013, Klok performed the Jaws of Death over the Amstel in Amsterdam as a publicity stunt for “The New Houdini”. In 2014, Hans Klok was the first illusionist ever to participate in the Monte Carlo International Circus Festival. Here he was awarded a Silver Clown on January 26, 2014.
Klok was also a guest several times in the annual program Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, broadcast by the French TV5.
Hans Klok started in 2016 in Royal Theater Carré with his show House of Horror.
From February 2020, Klok will be performing at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas. In March 2020, the performances had to be discontinued due to COVID-19.
In 2021 Klok went on tour with a theater tent in 7 cities in the Netherlands under the title Hans Klok & Friends.