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Grammy Award Winner Arthur Willmore Stead has performed with and composed music for mega-stars Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Aerosmith, Cher, Starship, Peter Frampton, John Waite, Van Halen, Public Image Limited, The Mamas and the Papas, Ace Frehley, and Shania Twain. Arthur’s film scoring credits include America’s Most Wanted, The Muppets, The Guiding Light, several PBS documentaries, and the Steven Spielberg feature film, The Goonies. Arthur also specializes in performing educational magic shows for school and libraries.

Leslie Blake Stead has an extensive creative background in advertising, working for top Madison Avenue agencies. As a songwriter and professionally trained pianist, she went on to become music producer at one of the largest TV production companies in New York City. That’s where she met her husband, Arthur. Together, the Steads have collaborated on countless award-winning radio and TV commercials such as Burger King, Visa, Coca Cola, Sprint and AT&T. They also compose high quality custom music, theme songs and original routines for other entertainers all over the world.

Arthur’s lectures on how to use music have inspired magicians and variety artists worldwide. He is frequently featured at conventions and magic clubs. His current lecture topic is: “Give Your Act A Music Makeover.” Organizers, contact Arthur at (360) 813-1220, or by email:

“You floored me with your fine lecture!”
- Jim Kleefeld, OH

“Your lecture was the highlight of the Branson Magic Show Conference.”
- Mike Miller, WI

“A fantastic demonstration of how to involve an audience emotionally.”
- Dave Mayer, IL

“Your inspiring lecture literally brought my magic endeavors to a higher level.”
- George Mullican, LA

Peter Frampton and Arthur Stead in the 1980s
Peter Frampton and Arthur Stead in the 2000s

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