Angelo Stagnaro

National Catholic Register editorialist in New York

Angelo Stagnaro

National Catholic Register editorialist in New York

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Angelo Stagnaro (“Erasmus”) performs as a stage magician and mentalist, and divides his time between Europe and North America. He is the editor of “Smoke & Mirrors,” the Net’s largest e-zine for professional magicians. He’s also the Guildmaster of the Catholic Magicians Guild and a professed member of the Secular (Third Order) Franciscans.

Angelo has published articles in most of the major Catholic journals in the United States and Great Britain. He has worked as a correspondent for the Catholic News Service, having served as principle liaison for the wire service to the United Nations and to the Holy See’s Office to the United Nations.

Angelo has authored six books on mentalism/cold reading including Conspiracy, Something from Nothing, The Other Side, Shibboleth and his upcoming Spur of the Moment. This series has been translated into four languages and is considered seminal in the art of mentalism. He is also one of the world’s experts in cold reading. In addition, Stagnaro has written an instructional book for catechists which uses stage magic as a teaching tool for children and young adults entitled The Catechist’s Magic Kit (Crossroad). His other books include How to Pray the Dominican Way (Paraclete), The Christian Book of the Dead (Crossroad), and Lenten Cookbook for Catholics (Tau Publishing).

All Stagnaro's theology books have received imprimaturs and nihil obstat from the Catholic Church.

  • Education
    • University at Albany, SUNY
    • University of Notre Dame