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Topic: Carlton Beck
Message: Posted by: captmagic (Jan 16, 2007 07:47AM)
Has anyone ever heard of this magician? Is so what do you know about him and/or his reputation? What is he doing now? Where has he performed? Any info you can give me would be a big help.

Capt. Magic
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Apr 7, 2015 02:31AM)
Heya Capt. Magic,

I'm afraid I haven't. Maybe someone else here has?

Good luck in your search!

~jamie
Message: Posted by: videoman (Apr 7, 2015 10:52AM)
This is an old thread but I can add this for what it's worth.

Carl Beck, known primarily for performing illusions, often using large cats.
Performed as Carlton and Company and made several television appearances in the 80's and 90's, and earlier.
I first saw him live when he performed for a summer at Knotts Berry Farm theme park in Southern California.
Met him a couple times years ago. He had a home outside Vegas, a fairly large compound where he kept his cats.
I know he toured with Ice Capades in the 90's, that's the last I heard of him. He was talking of plans to open some type of theme park or restaurant in Florida.
Not sure if he is still around, he was pretty old at that time although seemed to be in good shape.
I do remember him telling me a story of how he got his name. He was friends with Channing Pollack and Channing told him he needed a stage name.
Then he saw an old box in his garage for Carlton cigarettes and told Carl that would be a good stage name, Carlton.
He was probably best known for his signature illusion which he called the Triple Alliance.
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Apr 7, 2015 11:47AM)
[quote]On Apr 7, 2015, Jamie D. Grant wrote:
Heya Capt. Magic,

I'm afraid I haven't. Maybe someone else here has?

Good luck in your search!

~jamie [/quote]
Why reply to an 8 year old post?!

Bizarre.
Message: Posted by: CarlMcCoy (Apr 7, 2015 11:59AM)
He probably came across it and didn't realise how old it was.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Apr 7, 2015 12:43PM)
I'm glad he did. If he hadn't we may not have had Videoman post the information he did.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Apr 7, 2015 02:33PM)
I believe he still performs in Asia.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Apr 7, 2015 10:30PM)
Cold case file. [i]Solved.[/i]

We do it all here at the Jamie D. Grant show, folks!
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Apr 8, 2015 02:24AM)
Jamie, you're my hero. :lover:
Message: Posted by: Magic Lady 80 (Jun 10, 2020 05:44PM)
Yes, this may be an old post, but I was wondering if anyone had heard anything new about Carl Beck.

I was the audio engineer who mixed his show and ran the light board for his magic act when he was at Knott's Berry Farm in the summer of 1978, I believe. It was because of that show that I met the magician who taught me the linking rings and other magic.

The black leopard Carl used was crazy nuts. The stage curtain breaker was in the dressing room that housed the cats. When the curtain blew, I'd have to go into the cat room alone to reset the breaker, and the leopard would do a five-point run leaping up on the sides of the cage from one side to another. I even got to hold some of the leopard cubs Carl was raising.

He was getting his act ready to take to Las Vegas.

So it brought back memories to see this post, and I hope someone else has newer info on Carl (or Carlton). Thanks!
Message: Posted by: tophatter (Jun 10, 2020 11:16PM)
TIGER KING LOL ! CAT KING ...............
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jul 25, 2020 11:49AM)
Carleton & Co. can be seen performing in this magic special , 'Magic with the Stars' (1982) -

https://youtu.be/BMQb_AE96Io?t=3392
Message: Posted by: Magic Lady 80 (Jul 25, 2020 01:47PM)
Thanks David Todd! Much appreciated. Carlton was perfecting the Triple Alliance using a black leopard when he worked at the Starlight Pavilion at Knott's Berry Farm. It's nice to see it again, and much faster than the previous version I saw.