Professional magician and hypnotist.
“It’s the science-fiction of the live theater.”
He performs at restaurants and night clubs, at conventions and at schools all over the country.
Shall We Trance?
He once aided in tracking a rapist by hypnotizing a policeman to remember a suspect’s license plate number. This worked and it cracked the case. He was given a “CITIZEN’S AWARD” from the Chicago Police Department for this work.
“You ought to do what you enjoy doing. If you can take a hobby and make a living out of it, it puts you ahead of most of the people.”
Born there. Toiled in promotion department of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, then was a disc jockey. Then went into sales, “which brought me to Chicago.” Single, he lives in West Rogers Park.
“When I was small I used to try Houdini stuff, get chained up and try to escape.” When he settled here, “I’d see magicians at the New York Lounge, at Schulien’s [where family members do magic], at the Pickle Barrel restaurant. I think [magician] Heba Haba Al at the Pickle Barrel hired me to fill in. Eventually the New York Lounge hired me. I worked at the Ivanhoe.”
What It Takes
To be a magician, “You have to be good with your hands. Beyond that, be a good talker, have some stage presence, be a bit of an actor.”
From Magic To Cubs
“When I started making a living with magic I suddenly didn’t have a hobby. That’s not good.” So he became an avid Cubs fan.