From the December 5th Star-Studded Event in Las Vegas, Nevada

All photos by Jan Dacri

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The Amazing Ballantine arrived smoking a Cuban, of course...

THE EVENING...According to Robin Leach...

A host of Vegas magic maestros turned up to salute a wise wizard last week;the
legendary Carl Ballantine (right) was named Magician of the Year by the local
chapter of the International Brotherhood of Magicians (Fantasma Ring 257). The
unique event took place at the FAO Schwarz toy store in the Forum Shops at
Caesars Palace where the 3rd floor had been turned into a prestidigitation playground. Illusionists Amazing Johnathan, Penn & Teller, Lance Burton and Rick Thomas were joined by 'Eight is Enough' actor Dick Van Patten. Magicians
Fielding West, Simon Lovell, Steve "Million $ Hands" Dacri, Johnny Thompson and actors Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Dom DeLuise, Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels all sent video tributes. His award was presented by Roger Dreyer (below with
Penn and Yrs. Truly) CEO of Fantasma Toys, and Joey King, President of the loca lInternational Brotherhood of Magicians.

Carl's magic career began at age 12. "My dad had died," he told me, "so I had to help paythe bills. So I took up serious magic at local theaters around Chicago.

One night the tricks didn't work. But instead of the audience throwing tomatoes and booing, they laughed uproariously, and my career was born."

Magic brought him to perform in Vegas with Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Betty Grable, Glen Miller and even six appearances on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' back when that really meant something. Ballantine is known not only for his Strip sleight-o-hand, but also as a regular on the '60s TV landmarks 'McHale's Navy' and 'Car 54 Where Are You?' He also starred opposite Elvis Presley in 'Speedway'
and with Natalie Wood in 'Boom Boom' plus 100 guest star roles on various other TV shows. Incredibly, the 90-year-young magician is still working, appearing in 'Life is a Joke' and a sit-com pilot 'The Magic Pearls' about 3 generations of


Carl greets Penn Jillette


Mac King discusses funny stuff with Ballantine

  AyeJay, Fantasma CEO Roger Dreyer and Fielding West before the show...  

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