The Master Magician will meet up with The Supermodel this winter.
Although Robin Leach began his Las Vegas Sun gossip column this morning with news of a “hickey” or “live bite” on the neck of Criss Angel’s current fling, Holly Madison, he saved the best Magic in Vegas News for last.
The profile traces Peter “The Impossibilist” Reveen from his early beginnings in the circus sideshows of Australia to his current home in and about Las Vegas as part of Lance Burton’s long-running show.
The paper included the feature in advance of Mr. Reveen’s scheduled run at Moncton’s Capitol Theatre October 26 and 27th.
What’s the secret to his success? Peter Reveen says there is one golden rule that has carried him through a career in show business that has spanned nearly half a century.
“Keep the show clean. You won’t have people coming back if you keep throwing filth at them. We’ve always followed that rule and its never let us down.”
As hard as it is to believe, Mr. Reveen is 74 years-old.
He is in good health but needs his rest to keep up with the physical and mental demands of performing his legendary hypnosis show. Although the show has changed many times over the years, the premise remains basically the same.
Through the performance, Reveen brings volunteers from the audience to the stage, gives them a quick test and quickly evaluates their hidden talents. He then hypnotizes them and allows them to search for their own inner hidden talents. It’s a scenario he has played out thousands of times over the last 50 years in theatres all over the world, often with some surprising results.
Mr. Reveen easily resists the tendency of many stage hypnotists by always maintained a sense of dignity to the show, never asking the people to do anything lewd or “filthy,” unlike some other hypnotists who play to the darker side for a quick laugh.
“We don’t make fools of people.”
Check out the full article for a great review of Mr. Reveen’s formative years in Melbourne, Australia. Whilst his dad was fighting in World War II, relatives brought him to vaudeville shows to see magicians, comedians, singers and other performers.
He loved watching the techniques performers used to “lure in the crowds, make their entrance and keep the people interested.”
That interest, obsession, eventually brought him to Canada with less than a dollar to his name. Through his dedication to the craft and his maxim, Mr. Reveen became a star in his own right. Read the article, however, to learn why he has an aversion to the title “star.”
Mr. Reveen’s abilities and philosophy have enhanced the success of Inside Magic Favorite Lance Burton. He describes himself as “settled into the lifestyle of Las Vegas.”
A great and well-deserved profile of one our art’s best.
Beyond being a great guy, a fine example and role-model for kids, a fantastic promoter of the magical arts, a supporter of adoption, and one of the few superstars of magic that ever said “hi” back to our shouts in the hotel, he is a funny, creative guy.
The man who performs what Johnny Carson once called “the finest 12 minutes in Magic,” spent some bucks for an April Fools joke.
His billboard was placed about half-way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Because, it’s funny, that’s why. It was just a practical joke he decided to offer those leaving Las Vegas. Drivers will be able to read it in their mirrors but might be confused without the special optical help.
Does Lance Burton have to advertise?
Does he have to remind folks what show they just saw at the beautifulLance Burton Theater in the equally wonderful Monte Carlo Resort and Casino?
Is it a nice touch from someone who seems to rise above the commercial aspects of the high-end segment of the biz?
We think so.
Is it obnoxious to explain something with rhetorical questions?
What do you think?
Of course it is. Sue us. We can represent ourselves for free.
Thank you, Lance Burton for all you have done, all you do, and all you will contribute to our wonderful art.
It is one of the few performing arts in which its participants can still be young and playful at heart.
We are not sure which issues will be with us forever and which will leave us as soon as the next fad comes into town.
Will we care about “knock-offs” in five years?
Will it matter that David Blaine was in a glass box for 44 days?
Will we assume, perhaps ten years from now, that there will never be a better magic show than (fill in your favorite nominee) and that Magic had reached its zenith?
Right now there is much to be concerned about. The most successful magic show in the history of the United States, Siegfried and Roy, may have performed their last show.
The problem with live magic is that it is live.
If you did not see Doug Henning at the Court Theater in New York during his run in The Magic Show, you never will again.
If you never saw Dai Vernon perform his card magic, your chance is over.
If you failed to see Harry Blackstone, Jr. perform the Floating Light Bulb, you will never have another opportunity.
Many of our special events are saved on film or, now, in digital format. Unfortunately, they have not yet invented the recording device to capture the excitement when the lights dim, the music builds and the curtains part.
If you did not see the young David Copperfield starring in the play The Magic Man, you will never see him like that again.
That is the problem with living in a linear and time-based world.
Even as we write this, there are magicians we know and love who are growing older. They are pulled towards their individual twilight, moving closer to the point where they can only look back fondly or with regret on their current need to perform six nights a week, 48 weeks a year.