Lance Burton


Lance Burton

Infobox Person


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Lance Burton (born William Lance Burton on March 10, 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky) is a Jewish American stage magician who performs nightly in his own show at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has appeared on numerous television programs, and also performed for Queen Elizabeth and President Ronald Reagan. He has also appeared on the 2006 Labor Day Weekend Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon.

History

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, He first became interested in magic at the age of 5, when he was one of the volunteers at a magic show of Magician Harry Collins during a Christmas party at the factory where his mother worked. The trick was The Miser's Dream, where Collins "pulled silver dollars out of the sky" and Burton's ears. The young Burton was fascinated, and a neighbor, hearing of his interest, gave him a book, "Magic Made Easy", which her own (then-grown) children had used. It contained ten tricks, all of which young Burton quickly learned. His first performances were for neighborhood children, charging them a nickel each.

Collins, a full-time magician, noticed the interest, and became his mentor when Burton was in his teens, teaching him the fundamentals of the trade. In 1977, as a teenager, Burton entered his first magic competition and won first prize. In 1980, shortly after his 20th birthday, he was awarded a "Gold Medal of Excellence" from the International Brotherhood of Magicians. After that, he moved to Southern California, where within a week he appeared on "The Tonight Show". Host Johnny Carson watched him in rehearsal, and allowed him to do an unprecedented 12-minute routine. Through the course of Burton's career he was invited back for a total of ten performances while Johnny Carson was host, and another ten performances during Jay Leno's tenure. Burton has also appeared on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".

He performed an initial eight week trial at the "Folies Bergere" show in Las Vegas, and this was then extended for a record-breaking nine years. In 1982, he competed at the international Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM) competition in Lausanne, Switzerland, and won the "Grande Prix" prize, (the main event of the FISM competition) the youngest person to ever win the main event, and the first American to do so.

In 1986 he appeared in Nickelodeon's Halloween Special Mystery Magical Special.

In 1991, he produced, directed, and wrote his own show, which opened at the Hacienda Hotel and ran for five years.

He had a brief marriage to female magician Melinda Saxe in August 1993, but they divorced shortly after.

In August 1994, Burton signed a 13-year contract (the longest contract given to any entertainer in Las Vegas history) with the Monte Carlo Resort in Las Vegas. The 1,274-seat "Lance Burton Theater" was built to Burton's specifications for his show, cost $27 million US, and opened on June 21, 1996. "Entertainment Today" magazine lists it as the #1 family magic act, and according to [http://www.usaweekend.com/04_issues/040627/040627burton.html "USA Weekend"] , during the 13-year run Burton is expected to earn more than $110 million USD.

At Buffalo Bill's Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nevada, Lance Burton escaped the path of a speeding roller coaster while on the tracks of "The Desperado". The Desperado is one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the United States - taking one minute to climb, and 3.5 seconds to descend to where he was on the tracks. He avoided the coaster by a mere tenth of a second, the trick having apparently gone wrong. After the narrow escape, he looked at the camera and said "That was stupid... That was "really" stupid." [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6513432426454682215]

Lance Burton celebrated his tenth anniversary at the Monte Carlo by introducing his newest illusion entitled "Solid Gold Lady" in which he utilizes $10 million in gold.

Awards

*He has twice been awarded "Magician of the Year" by the Academy of Magical Arts.

*He won the Grand Prix Award at FISM in 1982 for his performance, where Burton stood in a street scene in traditional top hat and tails and spectacularly produced doves, candles and gentleman's walking canes, seemingly from nowhere.

* 1998 Blackstone Theatre Award

ee also

*List of famous Louisvillians

External links

* [http://www.lanceburton.com Lance Burton's website]
* [http://www.tv.com/lance-burton/person/100967/biography.html TV.com biography]
* [http://www.fism.org/GrandPrixWinners.htm FISM Grand Prix winners]
* [http://www.lasvegasrater.com/shows/magic/lance_burton/ Lance Burton review & video]
* [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0401/10/stn.04.html "Interview with Lance Burton"] , January 10, 2004, CNN
* "USA Weekend", June 27, 2004, [http://www.usaweekend.com/04_issues/040627/040627burton.html "This magic man soars"]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0123643/ Internet Movie Database]


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