Mystery Academy
Build Your Child's Imagination And Confidence!
Who is Mystery Academy?

Chris McCauley Bowers
Founder & Director of Education

Chris is the primary instructor and examiner of Mystery Academy. He is the primary designer of the curriculum, exams, awards and Wand Levels TM.

Chris (above photo, left) began learning Magic at age 9, while taking a class at St. Albans Summer Program in Washington D.C. At age 10 he began ongoing classes in acting at the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts. By eighth grade he was performing magic professionally.

At Wheeling Jesuit University, Chris studied Child Psychology and Philosophy, graduating with a B.A. in Eastern Philosophy.

Chris has earned a Black Belt in both Ju-Jitsu and T'ang Soo Do, and has taught karate to people from ages 5 to 85 with the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Recreation for more than ten years.  He also has for many years tutored elementary age children with learning disabilities.  His most recent teaching experience is instructing physically and mentally handicapped children in martial arts.

He returned to magic professionally in 2001, under his two magic mentors Barry Taylor (of Barry's Magic Shop), and Eric Henning (see below). In 2002, he started applying his knowledge of teaching and martial arts to the teaching of magic, privately teaching children in small groups. In 2004 Chris publicly set up an ongoing course with Washington Episcopal School in Potomac Maryland, which is taught each summer. 

Chris performs magic privately at weddings, parties, and other social occasions, and has performed for The Boy Scouts of America, at The Psychic Ghost Theatre in Wheaton, and College Perk Coffee House. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the International Conservatory of Magic.
Eric Henning
Dean of Mystery Academy

Eric is the co-designer of the  Mystery Academy course of study, examinations, and Wand Levels TM. He teaches special sessions and judges wand exams.

Since 1975, Eric Henning has performed his award-winning magic on three continents, in two languages, from the streets of Paris to the Festivals of Avignon and Lausanne, from the tropical paradise of Barbados to the homes of Baltimore and Washington's elite.

He has equal facility entertaining both children and adults, having appeared at two Presidential Inaugural Candlelight Banquets and twice at the White House Easter Egg Roll. He has performed at such different venues as the Smithsonian Discovery Theater, Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Edgar Allan Poe Birthday Celebration, and July Fourth Founder's Day at the Kennedy Center. Most recently, Eric performed for President and Mrs. Obama and the First Family at the White House Halloween party.

With a B.A. in Dramatic Art from Western Maryland College, Eric is an expert communicatior, with decades of experience on stage, in radio and in public speaking. An award-winning public speaker, Eric was a Quarterfinalist in the 1998 World Championships of Public Speaking.

Eric is an internationally known expert in close-up and strolling magic, having written a column for The Magic Menu, and a critically acclaimed book for close-up magicians. He has published articles on magical events, performance, tricks and theory in MAGIC Magazine, GENII: The Conjurors' Magazine, M.U.M. (Journal of the Society of American Magicians), Behind the Smoke & Mirrors and The Secret Art Journal.

Eric is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and Past President of I.B.M. Ring 50 in Washington, DC and the Yogi Magic Club of Baltimore.
George Bradley
Professor of Antiquities

George Bradley, an accomplished magician, has been delighting audiences with his repertoire of close up, parlor and stage magic for many years. George has traveled extensively and has collected unusual magic from around the world, making his performances both unique and enjoyable. He has performed all over the United States, in London and Milan. George is a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians as well as The Magic Circle, London.

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