ABOUT DAVE THOMENAward Winning Magician, Balloon Artist, and Instructor
Dave Thomen has performed for our communities, families, businesses, and schools for decades, to include weekly entertainment at area restaurants for over 20 years.
McDaniel College’s Common Ground on the Hill provides college credit for students each summer in humanity arts. Dave teaches magic helping other professionals create unique presentations in their occupations.
It is my pleasure to introduce a National Theatre “Stars of Magic” recipient, Mr. Dave Thomen of D’s Magic.
Life’s magic has provided an extension of Dave’s childhood family into his own family raised in Hampstead, MD. One simple drive to a local magic shop in Harrisburg, PA started a lifetime of magic for Dave Thomen, an award-winning entertainer. Thanks to his grandmother, an accomplished painter, sculptor, and poet herself, Dave Thomen developed a real appreciation for the arts at a very young age.
Dave grew up in nearby, East Berlin, a small Pennsylvania town that provided performing opportunities for his magic at the VFW, Fire Hall, and Colonial Days, an annual fall tradition. In addition to these magical performances, Dave created theater all over the town, building many Halloween Haunted Barns as fundraisers for the High School Band.
As a child, Dave dreamed to perform his own show after watching legendary performer Harry Blackstone, Jr. He started a magic club at his middle school and competed in several high school talent shows. Improvisation came in handy in those early days. Once during an outside performance, a dove that Dave used as part of his show flew into a tree. The audience thought it was part of the act. Adapting on the fly, Dave yelled to the dove “You’re fired!” The crowd laughed, but he never got the dove back.
Magic was not his only interest growing up. He played saxophone, drum-majored his senior year for the band, and was involved in musicals and plays. Whether on stage or behind the scenes directing and building sets, Dave honed his skills as an entertainer. Today, he continues to create live theater for his array of audiences.
From past to present, Dave attributes his success to his family and a diverse career from the Army Reserve to sales training and human resources. Life’s magic has provided an extension of his childhood family into his own family raised in Hampstead, MD. His wife and two adult children make him very proud as well as The Baltimore Sun news recognizing Thomen as a “regional staple for the past 15 years.” His grandparents were fun-loving, young-at-heart folks who encouraged a young grandson and his art. The art of magic is now life’s magic for Dave Thomen.
November 1, 2010, Thomen receives honor from Todd Clark, MC for Stars of Magic and Donn Murphy, President of the National Theatre.