Northern California - United States
Posted: May 9, 2004 3:23am
Billy McComb is an Inventor, Comedian, Doctor of Medicine, Actor, Author, Magician, and perhaps the most renowned historian of the magical arts today. Billy has had enough experiences for five lifetimes and yet he still continues to perform and tour, delighting anyone lucky enough to cross his path. He is billed as "THE WORLD'S LARGEST LEPRECHAUN", having been born in Northern Ireland.
Billy is the son of Sir Charles Henry McComb, who was knighted by King George V for his valuable research in the field of X-rays. Billy himself earned his Doctor of Medicine to please his family but soon learned that he had to please himself, so he gave up medicine and moved to London to pursue his dream as an entertainer.
He soon became a fixture in London's West End, doing anything he could to learn the trade. He did voice-overs, films, radio and he was becoming well known in the nightclub scene. He even opened for Bob Hope at the Prince of Wales Theater. Within a few years, Billy was headlining himself with an original blend of comedy and magic.
Then came the pinnacle of his career when in 1974 he was asked to do a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth at The London Palladium. The show was a great success and Billy decided it was time to take his act to America.
Americans loved his style as much as the Brits and Billy soon became such a huge hit that he was booked on just about every television variety show on air during that time. He has made over 300 personal appearances on TV and has appeared in over 40 motion pictures. He has also starred in many of his own TV shows for the BBS. He has worked the best theaters, cruise ships, and clubs around the world and is now internationally renown in the world of magic for his innovative effects.
Billy decided to concentrate his efforts solely on magic and has published many books on the subject, these volumes are still poured over by magic students today. Billy did his first magic lecture in 1955 and has received enough magic awards to fill a warehouse.
At the age of 90, Billy lives in Hollywood and is still actively performing. He is vice-president of the prestigious The Magic Castle and an Honorary Lifetime Member. He was recently asked to play the Main Room at The Sahara in Las Vegas, a dream that had always eluded him, and was held over an unprecedented five weeks by the casino. The reviews were stellar and people both young and old loved Billy's classic wit and timeless humor. His self deprecating remarks about his age now play an integral part in his show, helping to enhance it even more. Billy is still performing and is often the opening act for Vegas' The Amazing Johnathan.
Magicians from all corners of the world come to see and learn by watching The One and Only McComb work his magic. He was recently honored and roasted by his peers who included Harry Anderson, Penn & Teller, and all of the luminaries of magic who, at one time or another, were influenced by Billy.
Billy McComb is a true gentleman and people can sense that when they meet Billy without a word spoken. That's the most revered magic accomplishment of his entire career.
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