- Full Name Zach King
- Occupation Illusionist, Internet Personality
- Nationality America
- Birthplace Oregon, USA
- Birth Date Feb 04, 1990
- Age 32 Years, 11 Months
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."
Summary: 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."
Zach King is an American internet personality, filmmaker, and illusionist popularly known for his digitally edited videos of' 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.
King realized that there were no tutorials for beginners on the editing program Final Cut Pro on 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.'
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 grounds 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.
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.
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."
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.
In 2013, King and Rachel met at Biola University during a lip-syncing and dancing competition. His younger sister introduced the two and arranged many dates to get to know each other better.
In May of that year, the couple began dating and quickly fell in love. On the family's website, she wrote:
“Zach popped the question the next summer, on July 4th up in Oregon (in the same field where he gave me our first kiss). Our dating season was shorter than I had ever imagined it would be, but I knew he was the man I wanted to spend forever with. He proposed a little earlier than we had originally talked about–but I had no hesitation in saying yes.”
The two then got married on 28 December 2014 and had a perfect backyard wedding.
The couple always intended to have children, and one of their choices was adoption. The two took part in the 28th season of The Amazing Race, and they claimed in their first interview that if they won, the money would help them with their adoption.
Zach and Rachel revealed on 18 April 2019 that they had completed the adoption procedure for their eldest son, Mason. Mason was adopted after a three-year wait for the couple.
In August 2018, the couple welcomed their second son, Liam. Rachel mentioned on the family website that she doesn't favor any of her sons:
“I love both of my boys equally, both of them drive me crazy at times, and I would do anything for either of them. For me personally, maybe because I have adopted siblings, having the same blood has never been significant in defining family. To us, family is more than blood. So my siblings have always been and will always be my siblings and my kids are no different.”
It's likely that King and Rachel aren't done yet. In a 2016 interview with The Orange County Register, the content creator said that he wants to have six children:
“I always wanted to have a big family. I want to have six kids eventually, and my wife and I, we’re fostering one kiddo now as a way to kind of start growing that. We can always fill our schedules super jam-packed but how do you make priorities for family?”
Awards and Honors
The Final Cut King won the London Film Festival for HP advertisement in 2009. In the same year, he also was awarded the Critics Choice Award at Bridgestone Tires' Safety Scholars Teen Driver Video Contest.
In 2010, he achieved the first position in the London Film Festival: Heartbrand Ad and became the winner of Bridgestone Safety Scholar.
The internet sensation won 'Vidcon Golden Poop Award' in 2012 and won YouTube's NextUp Creators Contest in 2013.
Then in 2016, he won Best vine artist in the 8th Annual Shorty Awards. YouTube also awarded him a Diamond Creator Award in 2021.
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