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Zach King

If TikTok is Banned, We Move to the Next Big Thing, Viral Video Creator Zach  King Says

(source: Newsweek)


Zachary Michael King (b. February 4, 1990) a.k.a Zach King is an American internet personality, filmmaker, and illusionist based in Los Angeles. He is most known for his "magic vines," which are six-second videos digitally edited to look as if he is performing an act of magic. He calls his videos "digital sleight of hand”. He began posting videos on YouTube in 2008 and in 2013 he started posting on Vine. King posted his first video on TikTok in 2016, and now he has over 68.6 million followers, making him the sixth most-followed creator on the platform as of 2022.


King was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He is of half Chinese descent from his father’s side, one quarter Austrian and one quarter Nicaraguan descent from his mother’s side. Zach King was homeschooled alongside his three sisters, which included one adopted sister, while his father worked from home. When he was seven years old, King made his first film using a home video camera. When he was fourteen, he purchased video equipment including a MacBook, cameras as well as a tripod and started filming and editing videos. He graduated from Biola University with a Cinema and Media Arts Major in December 2012.


King got his start at a career in social media when he won the HP commercial contest in 2010, and got a chance to go to the London Film Festival.


He was extremely popular on Vine and in 2014, he won a Streamy Award for Best Vine Creativity. He received his pilot’s license and completed 2 marathons before reaching the age of 25.


In 2013, Zach won YouTube's NextUp Creators contest. In 2015, King and his wife Rachel Holm competed in Season 28 of the American reality show The Amazing Race. They were eliminated during the ninth leg of the race, and were placed 6th at the end of the season.


Table of Contents


  1. Personal Information
  2. Career
  3. Net Worth
  4. Personal Life
  5. Other Social Media Presence
  6. Top Videos
  7. FAQs



Personal Information


Real NameZachary Michael King
Social Media Username Zach King
DOB and AgeFebruary 4, 1990; age 32 years
Height5’8” (172 cm)
Weight75 kg (165 lbs)
Net Worth$3 million
YouTube FollowersYouTube: 13.8 million
TikTok FollowersTikTok: 68.6 million; 873 million likes
Instagram FollowersInstagram: 24.5 million
Address/ResidenceOrange County, California
Nationality American
SpouseRachel Holm (2014)
ChildrenLiam Michael King

Mason King
YouTube Total Views YouTube: 1,900,543,562 views
TikTok Total Views TikTok: 10.4 billion views


Career


King started his website, FinalCutKing.com in 2008, to offer training and tips about using the editing software Final Cut Pro. At that time, there was a dearth of Final Cut Pro software tutorials on the internet. At the same time, he started using his YouTube channel to give tutorials for visual effects using the Software. After gaining an audience for his website, he began selling training courses and used the money to pay for his college tuition. He participated as a contestant on an episode of Viral Video Showdown that aired on Syfy in 2012.


YouTube


In 2011, he posted a video titled Jedi Kittens on YouTube that he produced with a colleague. The video showed two cats fighting with lightsabers. The video gained over a million views in three days and went on to amass over 18 million views. A sequel of the video titled Jedi Kittens Strike Back gained over 27 million views. A third part of the video, Jedi Kittens - The Force Awakens was posted in 2013, which has gained over 28 million views.


He was named by YouTube as one of the 25 most promising young film-makers in America in May 2013. As part of its Next Up Creators contest, YouTube awarded King $35,000 as well as a trip to New York City for a four-day YouTube Creator Camp. His submission to the contest was titled Contest Entry Gone Wrong. In the video, he appeared to dodge an assault by airstrikes and ground fire as he pleaded his case to be selected for the YouTube award. This also gained over a million views in 2 days.


As of 2022, he has 13.8 million subscribers on YouTube with 1.9 billion views. He has collaborated with MrBeast, Dude Perfect, Bailee Madison, Jason Derulo, Shay Mitchell, Marshmello and David Blaine, among others.


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Vine


King made his account on Vine on September 9, 2013. After creating an account on Vine, he decided to create one Vine each day for the next thirty days. After the success of his first few Vines, he decided to continue with creating and posting new Vines.


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He appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 29, 2014, and made several Vines with the crew of the show.


In an interview, Zach said that producing a Vine usually took upwards of 24 hours, with three to four hours of filming and the rest of the working hours editing.


TikTok


King posted his first video to TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly, on February 28, 2016 which was him escaping a jail cell. His video caption was "Need help posting bail, oh wait never mind."


Zach King also posted the most viewed TikTok on December 9, 2019. The video was of him riding a broomstick, where he later shows he was actually using a mirror. The caption of the video was "They rejected my application to Hogwarts but I still found a way to be a wizard." The video received an estimated 2 billion views in 4 days. As of 2022, this TikTok has over 3 billion views. He has uploaded 336 videos on TikTok so far.

They rejected my application to Hogwarts but I still found a way to be a wizard. 🧹 #illusion #magic #harrypotter https://t.co/KEiM6L5dkt


In 2021, he was awarded the Guinness World Record for this- Each of his TikTok videos have had a range of 5.8 million-149 million views.


On TikTok, he has collaborated with celebrities like Jeff Goldblum, Dude Perfect and many more.


As of 2022, he has 68.6 million followers on TikTok, with 873 million likes and 10.4 billion views.


Other work


In recent years, he founded the production company ‘The Magic Makers’, specialising in making web content, from writing to editing.


He has also collaborated on making a few short films, including a notable one with Colin Levy, called “ The Time Travelling Sheriff”. Additionally, his film starring roles include ‘Zootopia’, as the “Muzzled Wolf”, as well as guest appearances as himself in shows like ‘Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered’ and ‘Dave’.


In 2022, Zach also launched a line of books which uses augmented reality (AR) technology, called “Magical Books”.


In an interview with The Independent, he said that he would want to direct feature films, preferably action-adventure movies, in the future.


Net Worth


As of 2022, his net worth is estimated to be $3 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. This includes his YouTube, TikTok and Instagram earnings.


A lot of his earnings also come from sponsorships from brands like Coca-Cola, Nickelodeon, Kellogg’s and Tic-Tac. He has also done commercials for LG for their InstaView Fridge and Samsung, for their Galaxy Note 8: Write model.


He has also done sponsorship ads for Midea America and Turkish Airlines.


Personal Life


When King was seven, his family converted to Christianity, which he states is one of the "greatest things" that has happened in his life. He considers himself a devout Christian. King has been vocal about his faith, including it in his videos as well. King attended Biola University, a Protestant University, and had led youth groups at various Christian camps.


King proposed to his girlfriend, Rachel Holm, while pretending to create a video advertisement for one of her brands. They got married in 2014. In 2016, they competed together on The Amazing Race Season 28 and placed 6th. As of 2022, they live in Rossmoor, an unincorporated community in Orange County, California. Both King and his wife have adopted siblings, which would later inspire her to work as a case manager for adoptive and foster-care. The couple have fostered a few children, as well as having both an adopted and a biological son.


Other Social Media Presence


Other than YouTube and TikTok, he is active on Instagram with 24.5 million followers, and on Twitter with 342.9k followers. He also live-streams sometimes on Twitch.


Top Videos


1.‘They rejected my application to Hogwarts but I still found a way to be a wizard’




The video was of him riding a broomstick, where he later shows he was actually using a mirror.


2.Do you see the glass as half-full or half-empty?



In this video, he demonstrates pouring water from a jug into a glass, only to reveal that the glass was cake all along.


3.Museums in 2021



In this video, he hands out face masks to various figures in famous paintings.


4.I can't believe this worked



In this video, while cleaning up a sandy surface, he falls down what is said to be quicksand.


5.Did the statue surprise you?



In this video, he is shown dusting a statue, when the statue comes alive and sneezes.


6.A great way to make spare change



In this video, he grates parmesan cheese on top of a customer’s pasta dish, and grates coins on another customer’s pasta dish.



FAQs


Q. Who are Zach King’s influences?


A. According to an interview with The Guardian, his influences include Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Georges Méliès and the Lumière brothers.


Q. What is one thing Zach King cannot live without?


A. He has said in an interview with The Orange County Register that he cannot live without Legos.


Q. How much money did he earn collaborating with MrBeast?


A. He earned $1 million dollars as part of his collaboration with MrBeast. He later gave it away to his fans along with a Tesla Model.








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