Vanni Pule

48, Sirti Street
San Gwann, Malta SGN07
Telephone: ++ (356) 381994
[email protected]



Vanni Pule` is Malta's most popular Magician and Illusionist. For the last 35 years he has dominated the stage, cabaret and television Magic scene with his variety of mysteries, mirth and miracles.

Vanni was born in the small fishing village of Kalkara in the Mediterranean Island of Malta on the 18th of May 1949. His first performance was when he was thirteen and with a few tricks given to him he performed a show during a New Year's Party for his friends in the local M.U.S.U.M. Hall. Elated with this "success" he bought "Teach Yourself Magic" by Elsden Tuffs and moved from one humble booking to another in Church Halls and Band Clubs.

When, in 1964, Vanni saw George "Phantom" Gatt, a Maltese Magician of the 50s and 60s perform "live" he was greatly influenced. They remained good friends until George's demise. When he was 16 he appeared on Television and since then the number of shows increased considerably.

In 1970 he met Mary Anne while performing in a youth festival. She became his regular partner and a couple of years later, after Vanni graduated from University, they broke into the Cabaret scene. They worked in top nightspots with international artistes like Rolf Harris, Paul Daniels, Billy McComb and Ken Goodwin. He became known mostly for his pleasant presentation of baffling tricks and for introducing incredible Grand Illusions in Cabaret. In the meantime the number of television programmes increased and he became not just a presenter but a television personality and a household name.

In 1976 he married Mary Anne and started living in San Gwann. Since then they had a son, Konrad, who is 21 and a girl, Davinia, 18. Vanni Pule` is known for his versatility and has worked in most of Malta's top hotels, in advertisements, stage shows, films, Television Sit-Coms and Magicians' Conventions. He has also lectured for various Magical Societies and had his original ideas published in International Magic magazines and books.

His biggest show so far was in September 1996 when, on a rock-type open-air stage, he performed a one-man illusion show with five assistants and a troupe of dancers for thousands of people in Malta's largest square. This was repeated in a shorter version in 1999. Recently he made his successful debut as a solo performer in the illusion and dance spectacular "Fenomena" at the prestigious Manoel Theatre.

He is an Order of Merlin member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians and past President and Secretary of I.B.M. Ring 202. He is currently President and Territorial Vice-President. His interest in mysteries has developed a healthy scepticism of paranormal claims and he is a member of ASKE, Skeptics and CSICOP, and chairman of SICEC (Society for Investigating the Credibility of Extraordinary Claims). His other interests are Art, Poetry, Photography and Music.