Zach King | Biography 2021
Zach King | Biography 2021

Quick Information

  • Full Name Zach King
  • Occupation Illusionist, Internet Personality
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Oregon, USA
  • Born Year And Birthday Feb 04, 1990
  • Age 31 Years, 4 Months
Most Followed Male TikToker

Zach King | Biography 2021

On December 9, 2019, King posted the most viewed TikTok that had over 2.2 billion views as of May 2021. The video was a Harry Potter illusion where he was riding a broomstick in the video, and he later reveals that he was using a mirror. He has almost 60 million followers, making him the fourth most influential user on the platform as of 2021. In an interview with Forbes, he said, "TikTok has really leveled the playing field. It's anybody's game. It takes people from consumption mode to creating. It's the trends, and content, that anyone thinks they can do. And it's approachable and fun."


Quick Information
  • Full Name Zach King
  • Occupation Illusionist, Internet Personality
  • Nationality America
  • Birthplace Oregon, USA
  • Birth Date Feb 04, 1990
  • Age 31 Years, 4 Months

Zach King is an American internet personality, filmmaker, and illusionist popularly known for his digitally edited videos 'magic vines' that look like magic.

Who is Zach King? 

King's quick clips are digitally crafted to make it seem as if he's performing magic. He describes his videos as "digital sleight of hand." His videos are extremely popular on the majority of popular social media sites.

King started uploading videos on YouTube in 2008, Vine in 2013, and TikTok in 2016. In April 2021, he got the 'Guinness Book Of World Record' award for having the most followers on Tiktok (male) with over 58.2 million followers. As of 21 May 2021, he is the platform's fourth most popular user.

The Internet personality won the 'Hewlett-Packard' ad contest, earning him a trip to the London Film Festival's red carpet in 2010. He was also the winner of 'YouTube's NextUp Creators' contest in 2013. 

In 2016, King and his wife Rachel Holm took part in the 28th season of the American reality game show The Amazing Race. They finished sixth in the overall standings after being eliminated during the ninth leg of the race.

Early Life and Education 

Zach King, full name, Zachary Michael King, was born on February 4, 1990, in Portland, Oregon, United States. He is half Chinese from his paternal side and quarters Austrian and Nicaraguan from his maternal side. He and his three younger sisters were home-schooled on their farm in Oregon.

The illusionist made his first film with a home video camera when he was seven years old. When King was 14 years old, he purchased video equipment such as a Mac machine, cameras, and a tripod and began creating and editing videos. 

In a 2020 interview with the Guardian, King said he was into magic since junior high.

"My grandfather would take me around magic conventions, and I would perform classic white-glove magic. Yet he never wanted to simply put those tricks online. I saw a lot of [people doing] stop-motion and magic, but there was never a great story, That's what I wanted to add back in, the story element," he added.

He earned his bachelor's degree in Cinema and Media Arts from Biola University in December 2012.

Career

King realized that there were no tutorials for beginners on the editing program Final Cut Pro in the internet and launched a website, FinalCutKing, in 2008 to provide training and tips on the same.

Simultaneously, he began posting tutorials for visual effects produced with the software on his YouTube channel. He started offering training seminars after gaining a considerable following for his website and used the pays for his college education. In 2012, he was a contestant on an episode of 'Syfy's Viral Video Showdown.'

YouTube

King created a video titled 'Jedi Kittens' with his college friend and uploaded it on his official YouTube channel FinalCutKing in 2011. The video featured two cats fighting with lightsabers. In three days, the video had over a million views and received over 18 million views in the coming days.

The video's sequel, 'Jedi Kittens Strike Back,' received over 27 million views, while the third part of the video 'Jedi Kittens with Force,' released in 2014, gained over 28 million views. 

In May 2013, YouTube labeled him one of the 25 most promising young filmmakers in America. He was awarded $35,000 as part of its 'NextUp Creators' contest, as well as a trip to New York City for a four-day YouTube Creator Camp.

The title of his entry to the competition was 'Contest Entry Gone Wrong.' His video goes like he avoids and escapes an airstrike and ground fire and wants to participate in the 'NextUp' program.

The YouTuber has over 11 million subscribers and over a billion views across more than 350 videos as of mid-March 2021.

Vines

Inspired by his friends, King created a Vine account on September 9, 2013. He planned to make one Vine every day for the next thirty days. His first few Vines earned significant success, and King eventually continued making videos and posted new Vines.

King was also featured in publication houses like Mashable and Complex magazine for his Vines. 

Laura Vitto from Mashable wrote, "Vine star and filmmaker Zach King may not perform magic in the traditional sense, but his expertly edited six-second videos could put David Blaine to shame."

Complex magazine's J. Duaine Hahn wrote, "While people have hit Vine stardom for skits, or splicing together commentary with popular YouTube videos, King has gone the extra mile to use his six seconds to create magic or the closest thing you can get to it with on a smartphone."

He revealed in an interview that it takes him 24 hours to make a single Vine video.

On January 29, 2014, he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and made some Vines with the show's crew.

TikTok 

On February 28, 2016, the creator became a TikToker with this first video, in which he escaped from a jail cell. 

He has almost 60 million followers, making him the fourth most influential user on the platform as of 2021.

On December 9, 2019, King posted the most viewed TikTok that had over 2.2 billion views as of May 2021. The video was a Harry Potter illusion where he was riding a broomstick in the video, and he later reveals that he was using a mirror.

In an interview with Forbes, he said, "TikTok has really leveled the playing field. It's anybody's game. It takes people from consumption mode to creating. It's the trends, and content, that anyone thinks they can do. And it's approachable and fun."

Direction

He has directed numerous short videos, including Indiana Bones and the Raiders of the Lost Bark, Justin Bieber: Sorry (Lyric Video), Turkish Airlines: In-Flight Safety Video, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom—The Trailer Rescue, Magic Duel: Jack Black vs. Zach King, A Magician Home Alone, I Barely Survived Viking Academy, and Zach King's Day Off.

Personal Life

King tied the knot with Rachel Hom in a small and intimate ceremony in December 2014 after dating for one and a half years. The couple is blessed with two sons — oldest and adopted son Mason and biological son Liam.

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