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Dean, Dicky19-- Birthplace: London, Ontario Schooling: graduated from London Teachers' College , later from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. He left teaching 1974 along with his wife Marg to pursue magic full-time with their "Magical Doves" stage show. He was neither a close-up nor walk around magician. At the time of writing this archive, June 2006, he and his wife Marg have been performing magic full-time for 31 years, and they continue to perform their stage show Dicky and Marg Dean have appeared in every province in Canada with their show, six times on CBC-T.V. from Montreal plus numerous other T.V. and radio shows across Canada. He set a record in his own career by appearing at the Magic Lantern Theatre (Laterna Magika) in Montreal for 36 consecutive appearances. Dicky Dean's exciting career as a magician began when he was very young. At age ten he received a book as a gift entitled Magic by Walter B. Gibson. Immediately he became fascinated by magic. London magician Everette Mires was most helpful in getting him started. When he was twelve years old he entered the entertainment section of the London Hobby Fair and won first prize. The following year, thirteen year old Dicky Dean learned that the Kiwanis Club was offering a scholarship for the best overall performer. Dicky Dean won it. News spread fast about his success and Percy Abbott of Abbott's Magic Company in Colon, Michigan invited him to perform at Abbott's annual magicians' convention as Dicky Dean Canada's Youngest Magician. This was the first convention that he ever attended, and there he was performing at it. There he met Neil Foster who inspired him to enroll as a student at the Chavez College of Manual Dexterity and Prestidigitation in Hollywood, California. It was a long train ride from London, Ontario to Los Angeles, California for a 15 year old boy who was about to begin personal studies under Ben and Marian Chavez. While at the Chavez College he invented the Zombie Fire Climax. It became a competition winner. He has since made it available to magicians around the world. While in Hollywood he met Harry Blackstone Sr. and they had their picture taken on the corner of Hollywood and Vine. While at the Chavez College his fellow students were Andre Kole, Norm Nielsen, Ruth Ann Magee, Clyde Cronkhite, Joe Hart and others. Two years later he returned to the Chavez College and graduated. While there he stayed at the home of the Cronkhite family of whom Clyde was one of two sons. (In the April 2004 M-U-M Dicky Dean wrote an article entitled A Visit to Clyde's Bar, Clyde Cronkhite, Featuring the History of Magic, the Art of Magic and a Creative Magic Show in the Privacy of His Own Home November 1963 Editor Neil Foster featured Dicky Dean on the cover of Abbott's New Tops. The inside story was written by London's well-known magician Everette Mires. Later, Dicky Dean's photo also appeared in Abbott's Tops Pictorial Album of Magicians. October 1969 Dicky Dean and Marg appeared on the stage show at the NYCAN, New York Canada Conclave (Magicians' Convention) in Elmira New York. Some of the other acts appearing with him were Earl Canapp In 1972 they were invited to appear on the stage show at the NYCAN convention again, in Rochester, New Dicky Dean was nominated by the directors of Hocus Pocus magazine for an award. Here are some excerpts from the letter to him. "Awards are presented in New York City at our semi-annual Hocus Pocus Conventionwe would like to arrange a date with you to appear at one of our future conventions to accept the award." Past winners have included Harry Blackstone Jr., James Randi and Tom Ogden. October 4, 1973 Dicky Dean was invited by the late Jack Hareen to lecture before the Hat and Rabbit Club, Ring 17 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, Toronto, where he presented a 90 minute lecture. As well as writing articles for magic magazines and newspapers he has written three books: The Dean Speaks, Using Magic in Teaching and Magic. In addition, he has invented the following effects that have been made available to magicians around the world: Zombie Fire Climax, Dove from a Newspaper with Instructions for His Special Flower Effect. The New Fountain of Silks, The Dicky Dean Miraculous Ribbon, The Dicky Dean Silk Tie, The Dicky Dean Five to One Sensation, The Dicky Dean 20th Century Silks in a Newspaper Miracle and The Dicky Dean Impossible Link. Dicky Dean's invention of the Zombie Fire Climax is now documented in the book Joe Karson, Beyond Zombie by Michael Rose 1999. Dicky Dean's silk and newspaper effects were scheduled to be published in Harold Rice's Encyclopedia of Silk Magic Volume 4. Unfortunately Harold died and his Volume 4 was never published. The effects remain in the possession of his The story of the life of Dicky Dean was featured in John Booth's Memoir's of a Magician's Ghost in The Linking Len Vintus, who was a founder and first member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians featured Dicky Dean's large photograph under Canadian Magic Busters in his book Magicians of the World. A photograph and story of Dicky Dean and Marg appeared in John Booth's book 1990 Creative World of Dicky Dean is in Who's Who in Magic by Bart Whaley August 2003 Marg and Dicky Dean were featured on the cover of MUM magazine. Following the cover and the cover story he began featuring a regular column entitled Stage Magic by Dicky Dean. January 2005 Dicky Dean and Marg Dean were featured on the cover of Northern Peaks a Journal for Canadian Magicians along with a feature article entitled So You Want to Become a Full-time Professional Magician Do Dicky Dean and Marg have been written about in most magic magazines in the U.S.A. and regularly in The Magician magazine in London, England. December 2005, Dale Salwak of the Chavez College of Magic wrote, Do you perhaps have plans to attend the IBM in Miami June 27-July 2 Would you have an interest in coming in as a guest artist? They were already booked to perform in Saskatchewan and could not perform at the IBM convention. Dean, Marg19-- Schooling: Graduated London Teachers' College and University of Western Ontario B.A. in Psychology 1971. Left teaching 1974 to pursue magic fulltime with her husband Dicky Dean. Experienced grade one & two. Because of teaching, developed an impressive children's birthday party show and later presented certain effects for Dicky Dean magic show for children. Worked at Holiday Inn, London, Ontario on a trial basis and her show was such a success, she was to appear there every Saturday for five years. As her reputation grew the distance she traveled for shows grew. Soon she was booked by the Sheraton Inn in Toronto to appear with her children's show. Marg's photo, along with Dicky Dean, was included on M.U.M. magazine cover, August 2003 and later on the Northern Peaks cover, January 2005. Marg appears between Windsor and Toronto with her children's birthday party show on a regular basis. Along with the Dicky Dean show, and while acting as his assistant, she appeared six times on CBC T.V. and once on television in New York, plus numerous other T.V. and radio shows across Canada. Marg is also business manager for the Dicky Dean magic show. Marg has appeared in every province in Devlin, James19-- Charter member I.B.M. Ring 17 Toronto Devitt, John H.19-- Charter member I.B.M. Ring 17 Toronto
DiSero, Matthew 1974
Performs in the U.S.A. and Canada at corporate functions, resorts and variety shows. At 16, was hired to perform at "A little Night Magic", Canada's longest running magic dinner theatre. Opened for Drew Carey and Saturday Night Live's Victoria Jackson. Headliner at the Great Lakes Comedy Festival and regularly performs on Armed Forces tours to Greece, Cypress, Greenland and the North Pole! Appeared on Comedy Television shows such as Canadian based,"Comedy at Club 54" and U.S. Show Time network's, "The Night Shift" and HBO's,"Stand and Deliver."
Domino, Martin 1968
b.Montreal 1968. Martin became interested in magic, when his martial arts partner introduced him to a fellow acquaintance who juggled, busked, and performed magic throughout Canada as part of a fringe festival performance troupe. Following up his initial contact with the Cirque du Soleil in 1987, DominO completed a complete sleight of hand introduction through the Camirand Academie De Magie, taught by a very young David Acer at the magic studios of Perfect Magic. While studying and performing in Montreal, DominO was lucky to have been influenced by Romaine, Guy Camirand, Gary Oullette, David Acer, Richard Sanders, and Jay Sankey. Upon his induction into the Society of American Magicians in 1989, DominO was further introduced to some of the best magicians in the world - as they emerged onto the performance scene from Montreal and the East Coast. Gary Kurtz, Alain Choquette, and Moving to Vancouver, in 1992, brought DominO into new escapades and new influences. While traveling through Chicago, the western United States, and British Columbia, DominO had the opportunity to meet, learn from, and trade ideas with some of the greatest minds in magic. A pilgrimage to the Magic Castle in 1996 and other travels up and down the coast have broadened his appreciation for the ancient art of magic and the profession of entertainment. Magic has brought DominO around the world over the past several years. Downing, Dale19-- Professional magician since 1980 working cruise ships, and touring with full stage show and with one man Drake, David1931 - 1998 Schooling: Graduated University British Columbia I.B.M. #19453, Member of Merlin Past President I.B.M. Ring 17 / Toronto Assistant Editor I.B.M. Lining Ring Magazine Won two Linking Ring Trophies for contributions Board of Directors member and Close-up MC of- Fechter's Finger Flickers Frolics (4F or FFFF) Moved to Toronto 1953, worked as screen writer for CBC 1972, became full time magician Occasionally taught magic classes at Seneca College Regular close-up performer at Obie's restaurant and - performed at trade shows and for corporate events Exceptional writer and magician