The surprising former jobs of celebrity magicians

Poster shows American magician Frederick Bancr...

Poster shows American magician Frederick Bancroft performing illusions in front of a harem of women. Caption: “Frederick Bancroft, prince of magicians: Act II – the magnificent Orient and the wizard’s enchantments.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As we get ready for the beginning of summer, it is easy to begin to think of the jobs we once held during the summer months . . . or even of the jobs that led us to what we are doing, now. Celebrity magicians are no different in that regard. For instance, do you know:

 

  • Which magician worked as a lifeguard during the summer months?
  • Which magician worked for a carnival touring company?
  • Which world-famous magician was once a columnist for the former PC/Computing magazine?
  • Which magician once co-owned a dry cleaning business?

 

Article (and interactive slideshow!) continues, HERE.

 

Teller files lawsuit against Dutch entertainer Gerard Dogge

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller....

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Photo taken after their show at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to paperwork which has been filed with the Las Vegas federal court since April 11, magician Teller has brought a lawsuit against Dutch entertainer Gerard Dogge. Gerard Dogge’s performance name, Gerard Bakardy, is also mentioned in the legal paperwork.

Dogge’s legal troubles began when he allegedly posted Teller’s Shadows illusion–of which Teller owns the copyright–on the popular video website, YouTube. During the video, Dogge performed an illusion which he called Rose & Her Shadow. After Dogge’s performance on the video he allegedly offered to sell the secret behind his Rose & Her Shadow illusion for the sum of $3,050.

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Top 10 things you might not know about Teller

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller....

Teller, of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. Photo taken after their show at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How much do you know about the quiet, shorter half of Penn & Teller? Here are some little-known facts about Las Vegas magician Teller:

  1. He has been profoundly inspired by a line from Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George. The line that moves him to tears is the line which says ‘Look, I made a hat where there never was a hat’ saying about it “I can’t say that line without choking up, because it states, in profoundly poetic terms, what I have always wanted to do with my life. It’s so simple and so funny, but boy, it hits me deep.”
  2. Directed and co-wrote the Off-Broadway show Play Dead.
  3. Describing his partnership with Penn Jillette, Teller says “We are artistic and business partners, not primarily friends. When we look at each other, we don’t think: ‘Now there’s a likeable chap!’ We think about the projects we are doing and how we will get them done. When we were first working together, we didn’t have such thick skins. But we recognized how useful we were to each other. And that prevailed.”

Article continues, HERE.