Dr. Joseph Culpepper is a performance scholar, magician, and magic consultant.

Joseph has a head full of secrets and hands that know how to use them. He is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Concordia University’s department of English. He teaches magic history and its adaptation to the circus arts at Montreal’s National Circus School. He is a cofounder of the performance troupe Ars Mechanica, a member of The Magic Circle in London, and works as a consultant for both private and public organizations.

He holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Toronto. His dissertation, “Reception and Adaptation: Magic Effects, Mysteries and Con Games,” analyzes how individuals experience magic through various media.