Having a love of magic since the age of seven, Torkova has been pursing his dream ever since. By the age of 14, he started performing locally at birthday parties and civic events. At 17, he became focused on developing his sleight-of-hand skills. A couple of years later, he moved to New York City to study theater and to work at becoming a professional magician. He studied improvisation, mime and clowning to give himself a well-rounded foundation of performing on stage. He soon became the house magician at the club Mostly Magic in Greenwich Village and worked there steadily for over six years honing his art.
Torkova has won numerous awards for his magic including the 2013 Merlin Award for Best Classical Magic from the International Magicians Society, is a Two-Time First Place Winner in the Society of American Magicians National Competition and won the prestigious Hofzinser Award for Classical Magic given by the Vienna Magic Theater in Austria.
A favorite among celebrities, Torkova has performed for Jon Stewart, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Katie Couric, Bill Murray, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Keir Dullea, Jim Naughton and Don Johnson.
In 2004 he was chosen by Academy Award winning producer, Alan Miller to collaborate with the noted Ying Quartet at Symphony Space in New York City. For this unique concert, The New Yorker magazine even drew his caricature sawing the quartet in half!
Torkova has also appeared in the New York Times, the Daily News and the New York Post who said he was, “Unquestionably among the best.” In 2006, he wrote his original play, Thought Prints, and performed it to great success at the New York City Fringe Festival.
A scholar of magic and its history, Torkova has acted as magic consultant to off-Broadway productions and has been featured in the bestseller Magic for Dummies by David Pogue. He is currently writing a biography of the 19th Century spiritualist, Charles H. Foster and a one-man show about his life in magic.