& Illusion Design
Steve Cuiffo is one of the leading sleight of hand artists in New York City and creates unique performance, art, theater and magic. He is an actor and magician who makes solo, as well as, collaborative works with other artists and theater companies. His work incorporates aspects of sleight of hand, misdirection, imitation and re-enactment.
Highlighting the magician’s use of the element of surprise, his work gives you the thrilling experience of not knowing what’s going to happen next, and then the delightful reveal of an unexpected performance.
Cuiffo was the youngest magician to win First Place at the Society of American Magicians National Magic Competition. And, with collaborator Derek Hughes, won First Place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians Annual Magic Competition. Cuiffo was also a magic consultant for David Blaine's first television specials.
Cuiffo attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting. He trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City and the British American Drama Academy in London.
He began his professional career as an associate artist with the experimental theater company the Wooster Group and went on to become a two-time Princeton University Atelier recipient Artist. Cuiffo was also nominated for the Helen Hayes Award of Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play. He is on the board of directors of the Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York.
Cuiffo specializes in creating special effects for discerning audiences by providing consultation and design. Drawing on his extensive knowledge and expertise of theatrical magic, Cuiffo works with his clients to create original, immersive entertainment from intimate deception to grand illusion.
Cuiffo has collaborated with several theaters, artists and performance companies including, The Wooster Group, Rainpan 43, Big Dance Theater, Pig Iron Theater, The Foundry Theatre, Radiohole, Collapsable Giraffe, National Theater of the United States of America, New York City Players, Soho Rep., New York Theatre Workshop, Joe's Pub, The Box, Second Stage Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, New Victory Theater.