The late Peter Reveen, known professionally as Reveen the Impossibilist, passed away in 2013 but his family’s gift to the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre in Newfoundland, Canada.
Mr. Reveen’s last show was on the main stage at the Arts and Culture Centre in 2008 and now on Saturday, his son Ty will carry on in the Impossiblist tradition with a new Reveen show on the same stage. Mr. Reveen’s 13-year-old grandson Taj was also at the presentation. He says he’s looking forward to taking over the show when his father, Ty, retires.
The family donated Mr. Reveen’s famous bejewelled red tuxedo to the Centre.
Pete Reveen aka “The Impossibilist” passed away Monday morning at his Las Vegas home.
He was far more than just an outstanding magician, international star, Vegas icon and manager of Master Magician Lance Burton.
We will remember him as a considerate gentleman who loved magic and was willing to give a boost and kind word to a work-a-day magic news source located in a fictional midwestern town.
We have been ignored by lesser magicians and their public relations folk and so when someone of Mr. Reveen’s status takes the time to pass along a kind word and unsolicited encouragement, we become fans for life.
He was a true gentleman who cared deeply about his craft and our art.
Lance Burton knew Mr. Reveen well and benefited from his counsel and friendship over the years. Mr. Reveen negotiated the Master Magician’s record-breaking contract with the Monte Carlo Hotel in Vegas.
Mr. Burton issued a short statement to the press Monday afternoon.
Peter Reveen was a giant in the world of magic. His illusion shows were lavish and innovative. As a stage hypnotist, he had no peer; he was simply the best in the business. As my manager for 20 years, he was my most trusted adviser. Reveen was my very close friend for 30 years. I am sad today. I will miss him.
Mr. Reveen leaves behind his four sons and his wife, Coral.
We join the prayers of his family and friends and mourn his passing.
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.