Angelo Stagnaro

Portrait of Angelo Stagnaro

Angelo Stagnaro

Angelo Stagnaro (whose stage name is "Erasmus") performs as a magician and mentalist and divides his time between Europe and North America. The editor of Smoke & Mirrors, the Net’s largest e-zine for professional magicians and published in most of the major Catholic journals in the United States and Great Britain, Stagnaro is also a correspondent for Catholic News Service. Stagnaro's books on mentalism and cold reading have been translated into four languages and are considered seminal in the art. In addition, he’s written The Catechist Magic Kit which uses stage magic as a teaching tool for children and young adults, The Christian Book of the Dead, and Praying the Dominican Way. All of his theology books have been awarded the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur from the Brooklyn Diocese.

Stagnaro has served as catechist in St Sebastian Parish (NYC) and Holy Family Parish (NYC) in the United States. Prior to that, he was a catechist in Singapore.
 
Devoted to Don Bosco since childhood, Stagnaro not surprisingly, followed in that saint’s footsteps by becoming a magician and catechist. Don Bosco sought to engage children and young adults in fun, games, morality, and piety. It was a natural step for Stagnaro to use sleight-of-hand and stage magic to entertain, mystify, and illuminate the lessons of the gospel.
The Catechist's Magic Kit
Front Cover for The Christian Book of the Dead