Christian and Katalina – Married to Magic

By Bruce Kalver

Feb13 ChristianPainterChristian Painter and his wife Katalina were at the IBM national magic convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2009. Christian was in the contest and was a finalist. His routines demonstrated “out of the box” thinking and I took note of his performances. At the awards presentation, all the finalists were standing on stage and names were announced with accompany- ing applause and trophies. By the end of the ceremonies, it became obvious that the only person standing without a trophy was Christian. Had he been too hip for the judges?

Families and friends rushed to the stage to take photos and congratulate the winners as Christian stood alone trying to maneuver around all the joy and happiness on stage. I spotted Katalina in the back row of the theater; I walked over and told her I enjoyed Christian’s wonderful act. She thanked me and said, “We should get Christian and head back over to the hotel.” I told her I would go get Christian. I walked down to the stage and saw that Christian was still stuck on the large stage with all the celebration. In my loudest voice, I yelled, “Hey loser, you can come down from the stage now!” He looked out and saw me standing next to his wife. We all started laughing out loud.

It is a favorite story that we each enjoy telling.

We have crossed paths at various conventions (Abbott’s, FFFF, S.A.M.) and kept in contact with each other. While in Las Vegas this past summer, we had a chance to write together for the M-U-M convention article. As I learned more things about their lives, I thought that their rise to magic fame would make a nice article for M-U-M, and Michael Close agreed. On a quiet morning in December, I gave them a Skype call. By the way, Christian and Katalina are far from being losers…

Read the interview in the February issue of MUM Magazine by Clicking HERE.

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