Paul is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and his interest in magic started at age 10 when he saw a magician performing at a grade school assembly. Determined to figure out how the tricks were done he discovered books in the local library and from that time on magic was a part of his life. At age 16 Paul began taking informal lessons from Pittsburgh magician Ron Slanina and Paul became a student of serious sleight-of-hand magic. Other early influences on Paul’s magic included Eddie Fechter, owner of the Forks Hotel in Buffalo, NY and Eddie Tullock the pioneer of trade show magic, as we know it today. With Tullock’s encouragement Paul started his trade show performing career in 1975 and quickly became the youngest of a handful of the regulars on the trade show circuit, along with the likes of Eddie Tullock, Dick Ryan, Dick Stoner, Mike Rogers, Frank Garcia, Johnny Thompson, and Bud Dietrich. Today Paul Gertner continues to perform as a unique combination of magician, salesman and corporate presenter at trade shows and sales meeting around the world.