Who is "The Mistress of Magic?"
Born in Las Vegas, Gypsy (Erika) is the daughter of International Magician Vince Carmen and The First Lady of the Unicycle Yvonne Carmen. On her mother’s side, Gypsy comes from a long line of circus artists, making her sixth generation performer. Her grandparents Johnny Joanides (a slack wire artist from Greece) and Vanda Chiesa (a juggler from Italy), traveled to The States in the 40’s to join Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. This is where the two performers met and got married on the circus grounds. Johnny and Vanda had five children who performed a beautiful unicycle/juggling act together. Not only did they perform on Ringling, but their profession took them to various circuses around the world. Eventually Yvonne, Gypsy’s Mother, met “The James Bond of Magic,” Vince Carmen, in Las Vegas.
Vince was given a magic kit at the age of six and fell in love with the art of misdirection. He used to rehearse his card manipulation routine into the wee hours of the morning and wake up with playing cards scattered across his bed. His hard work and dedication allowed him to become an internationally known magician. He mentored magicians such as David Copperfield, Lance Burton, and many more.
When Vince and Yvonne got married, they combined their skills of magic and circus and their talent took them around the world with their daughters Vanessa, Candi, and Gypsy.
Gypsy started assisting her dad at the age of four with smaller tricks and then she moved up to larger illusions, including The Levitating Lady. She and her father were pictured on the cover of MAGIC Magazine performing the Levitation on Siesta Key Beach.
After touring the globe for decades, Gypsy's parents decided to open a Magic Dinner Theatre, Houdini's Showplace, in Sarasota. Her parents retired from show business in 2011.
Gypsy realized that she could continue her family’s legacy and achieve her dream. She's conquering the stage again, but this time SHE'S THE MAGICIAN!
Some of Gypsy’s props belonged to her Father. The floating ball she delicately performs with is the same mystical ball that Vince took around the world with him beginning in his late twenties.
Gypsy has made history by being the first female and youngest person ever to attempt and complete a blind-folded drive; she has a repertoire of acts including mystifying illusions, classical magic, comedy routines, and audience participation. Gypsy's smile is contagious, but it's her charm and skill that will leave you mesmerized.