Vincenzo Ravina

Writer, Magician, Et Cetera

Hello! My name is Vincenzo Ravina.

I am a magician. I appeared on season seven of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, presenting my Mind-Reading Glasses! For more about my magic, click here!

I am a writer. My short story collection is called Peril & Exploit and Other Mysterious Tales and it features six funny, strange stories about mystery. You can read one of the stories here. You can buy a copy in print or ebook here.

I like to make t-shirts. You can take a look at them here.

If you’d like to support my writing and my magic, join me on Patreon.

Fun Facts

  • I’m half-Italian, half-Peruvian, and I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Between April 2014 and April 2016, I lived in Gwangju, South Korea, where I taught English at an elementary school. I got laser surgery on my eyeballs while I was there and it was like being abducted by aliens.

  • I love travelling. In addition to living in South Korea, I have travelled in Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Italy, France, England, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Tunisia, and the United States.

  • I have a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of King’s College.

  • I’ve written for Maisonneuve Magazine, McGraw-Hill Ryerson textbooks, The Coast, The Chronicle Herald, OpenFile, Tidings Magazine, Emirates Today, The Halifax Commoner, and the King’s Journalism Review.

  • My favourite books include Replay by Ken Grimwood, Instruction Manual For Swallowing by Adam Marek, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, and The Adventures of Pinnocchio by Carlo Collodi.

  • A website I started long ago, called IHATECROCS.com, has been mentioned in Newsweek, Radar Magazine, Maclean’s Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, Salon, CBC Radio and The Christian Science Monitor, among others.

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