Lance Burton Heads Home to KY

Lance Burton

The Louisville Courier-Journal
is reporting this morning Master Magician Lance Burton will perform in
his old home town of Louisville tomorrow (Friday) evening. His show,
“Lance Burton & Friends: Magic Under the Stars,” is billed as a
fund-raising event for the venue, the Iroquois Amphitheater, and the
Louisville Magic Club.

The article has a great interview with the incredible Mr. Burton. We
learn about his new granddaughter, his method of developing new
effects, his newest illusion/routine, and two more reasons to respect
him.

Here are a few of our favorite parts of the interview. You have to read the article for all the latest:

You’ve retained very close ties with your Louisville
friends and family, not to mention that fact that your mother still
lives here. Why not just stay in Vegas and write a big fat check for
the fund-raiser instead?
(Laughs) Because I’ve been a member of the Louisville Magic Club since
I was about 12 years old! The other performers at the event that night
are fellow LMC members. ? This year’s event was actually scheduled to
fit my post-Labor Day vacation.

Which of your tricks to date was the most difficult and why?

We recently put in a new trick (“The Twilight Zone”), which was a
really big departure since I’ve never done anything like it before.
It’s sort of a one-act play, six minutes in length — which is very
long. It’s also different from anything else I’ve ever done because
other members of my cast have speaking roles besides myself. I wrote
the routine and the script. It was a challenging trick because it was
quite involved. ? We worked on it for four years before adding it to
the act.

Have you abandoned any tricks after their debut because the audience didn’t like them?

(Laughs) Oh, sure. I’ve had plenty of tricks stored in my warehouse
that I thought were great and that I loved that the audience didn’t.
And then sometimes I’ll throw in a trick that I think is hopelessly
dated and actually stupid … and the audience will love it! The
customer’s always right.

Mr. Burton views his current schedule (seven shows a week) as a
perfect situation. He compares it with the schedule he lived under when
he first arrived in Vegas at the age of 22. “I was 22, I worked 14
shows, seven days a week. I worked two straight years without a day
off.” Dang! He’s the man.

But we always knew Mr. Burton was our psychic kin. His last response
only confirmed our suspicion. Asked if there was anything that really
bothered him in his world, he replies:

“(Groans) The McDonald’s near my house never has milkshakes. This
has been going on for about two years now. No matter what time I go
there, the milkshake machine’s always broken!”



Lance Burton

The Louisville Courier-Journal
is reporting this morning Master Magician Lance Burton will perform in
his old home town of Louisville tomorrow (Friday) evening. His show,
“Lance Burton & Friends: Magic Under the Stars,” is billed as a
fund-raising event for the venue, the Iroquois Amphitheater, and the
Louisville Magic Club.

The article has a great interview with the incredible Mr. Burton. We
learn about his new granddaughter, his method of developing new
effects, his newest illusion/routine, and two more reasons to respect
him.

Here are a few of our favorite parts of the interview. You have to read the article for all the latest:

You’ve retained very close ties with your Louisville
friends and family, not to mention that fact that your mother still
lives here. Why not just stay in Vegas and write a big fat check for
the fund-raiser instead?
(Laughs) Because I’ve been a member of the Louisville Magic Club since
I was about 12 years old! The other performers at the event that night
are fellow LMC members. ? This year’s event was actually scheduled to
fit my post-Labor Day vacation.

Which of your tricks to date was the most difficult and why?

We recently put in a new trick (“The Twilight Zone”), which was a
really big departure since I’ve never done anything like it before.
It’s sort of a one-act play, six minutes in length — which is very
long. It’s also different from anything else I’ve ever done because
other members of my cast have speaking roles besides myself. I wrote
the routine and the script. It was a challenging trick because it was
quite involved. ? We worked on it for four years before adding it to
the act.

Have you abandoned any tricks after their debut because the audience didn’t like them?

(Laughs) Oh, sure. I’ve had plenty of tricks stored in my warehouse
that I thought were great and that I loved that the audience didn’t.
And then sometimes I’ll throw in a trick that I think is hopelessly
dated and actually stupid … and the audience will love it! The
customer’s always right.

Mr. Burton views his current schedule (seven shows a week) as a
perfect situation. He compares it with the schedule he lived under when
he first arrived in Vegas at the age of 22. “I was 22, I worked 14
shows, seven days a week. I worked two straight years without a day
off.” Dang! He’s the man.

But we always knew Mr. Burton was our psychic kin. His last response
only confirmed our suspicion. Asked if there was anything that really
bothered him in his world, he replies:

“(Groans) The McDonald’s near my house never has milkshakes. This
has been going on for about two years now. No matter what time I go
there, the milkshake machine’s always broken!”

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