Jason Ian Partin

Biography

This website is a hobby. Please see my LinkedIn Page for a more traditional curriculum vitae, or scroll down for a work in progress.

I’m a magician and rock climbing guide. Currently, I perform magic at bars, cafes, and restaurants around town. I’ve been a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians intermittently since 1986, and I’m writing a memoir centered around magic and my grandfather’s 1990 funeral.

Previously, I cofounded two biotech companies; led project-based university classes in engineering, physics, and entrepreneurship; designed public school STEM and STEAM labs; served on ISO and ASTM committees for international medical device safety standards; in those committees, a few of us – without exaggeration – created standards that we hoped would make healthcare more equitable for 7.6 billion people. We’re unsure if we succeeded.

Before that, I was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, America’s Quick Reaction Force, The All Americans, and on call from the president to parachute almost anywhere on Earth and land within 18 hours of an event. I’m a decorated combat vet from the first Gulf War, and I served as an unarmed communications liaison in the Middle East, hoping for peace. I don’t think we succeeded.

I’m working on a coming-of-age memoir set between my grandfather’s funeral my senior year of high school, in 1990, and my subsequent service as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and our team’s combat missions in the First Gulf War from 1990-1991, and service as an unarmed peacekeeper in the Middle East in 1993. The memoir’s chapters overlap like a Venn diagram with my grandfather at the center. He was Edward Grady Partin, the Teamster leader who sent Jimmy Hoffa to prison, and still a person of interest in the ongoing saga of President Kennedy’s assassination. A bit of magic will be sprinkled throughout. It’s my hobby, and it’s a work in progress. You can see the current version here. Constructive feedback is appreciated.

Presently, I enjoy performing and guiding, and you can contact me to schedule either.