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Everyone has a role model. If you have more than one, name them all.

Oh yeah...My role model is Steve Brooks. He lives in California. He is great with magic and technology. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for him putting together his idea of The Magic Café. Smile
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In no particular order:

Eugene Burger
Peter Samelson
Juan Tamariz
Roberto Giobbi
Bill Malone

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Annemann, and 'Doc' Shiels.
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Derren Brown's standard, in terms of effect, gloriously thought out presentation, and all round amiability, has given me something to aspire to.

David Regal's presentations also tend to be wonderful in their construction.

Oh, and Guy Hollingworth of course.
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On 2003-01-02 13:33, JimMaloney wrote:
In no particular order:

Eugene Burger
Peter Samelson
Juan Tamariz
Roberto Giobbi
Bill Malone


Let me also add to my list these names:

Harpo Marx
Charlie Chaplin
Robin Williams
John Cusack
Tom Hanks
Mike Myers
Michael J. Fox

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I have learned a great deal from Michael Ammar's books and Videos. I am now learning about presentation and performances from Eugene Burger who is so natural doing what he does.
I was at a recent Cellini Lecture. His magic was truly stunning and very educational.
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Paul Harris, Fantasio, Derren Brown, Orson Welles, Steve Allen, Robert De Niro, Houdini, David Regal and a lot of other entertainers I've seen over the years that did a great job entertaining me.
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Buddha, and really toooo many more to mention!
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My first and foremost role model is my father, Louis. He was a regular Joe who overachieved, because he believed a thing worth doing was worth doing well. My next role model is Jesus Christ, who believes that love really is the greatest of all things one can give.

I have hundreds of authors who can take responsibility for who I have become, and to update things within the past couple of decades, my wife, who uncovered a joy in me that I never knew existed.

In the magic arena, Michael Ammar has been just a peach of a man, who has encouraged me and been more than generous. Bob Fitch has been an inspiration to the artist in me, and both Jeff McBride and Eugene Burger have taught by both word and example.

I am encouraged as well on a daily basis by all of you magicians who buck the tide of instant gratification and toil in solitude at an art whose reward will likely never be measured in dollars, but in the satisfaction of doing it as well as Dai did it.
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In terms of influence on my thinking related to performing and magic:

1. Kenton Knepper
2. Derren Brown
3. Docc Hilford
4. Bill Mallone

As far as pure technique and effects:

4. Dai Vernon
5. Greg Wilson
6. Tarbel (don't laugh!)
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Dick Suhay (Polka SUPERSTAR)

Actually, I don't think I have any. I don't look up to anyone famous really. No magicians either.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
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Role model for magic? I guess the all time biggest role model in magic for me would be Bill Bixby.

With big nods to:
Billy McComb
Mark Wilson
John Booth,
Don Allen,
Tony Marks,
And of course the great, unsung,
Don Bowles,
The artist formally known as Mumblepeas!
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1. My dad (very funny magician, yet decides not to perform on a regular basis)
2. Mac King (If only I were that funny with just a suitcase of magic!)
3. Andre Kole (He's a great witness for the Lord)
4. Copperfield (not in everything, just the way he choreographs his acts.)
5. Bill Malone (not many people can entertain as well with cards)
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As the saying goes, "I am a self made man who worships his creator" but if I was to credit anyone with the dubious title of role model(s) or people who had undue influence on my formation as a performer they would be the following.

Mark Wilson, whose Magicland of Alakazam sparked my interest. I still can't look at a stack of boxes without expecting Nani to spring out of them.

Tom Ogden, The first Pro I ever met and who I got to hang with for a few days when he was doing school shows many many years ago and see what it was really like to do this for a living.

Harry Anderson, who, in my callous youth I tried to emulate and who much to my delight many years later spent a marvelous evening with backstage at a fundraiser.

The Reverand Chumleigh, Street Orator Extraordinaire. A local legend who taught me everything I know about timing and showmanship. How to take the simplest of effects and stretch them into whole acts.

Monty Python, whose incongruous humour I grew up on.

Stan Kramien, the only magician who would come to our small central Washington town on a regular basis. The first magician I ever helped onstage and who gave me a dollar to help him pack his truck after the show.

Whoever that guy was back in 1971 who sold me a set of linking rings at the magic cace in Knott's Berry Farm. For good or ill it was he who got me involved in this crazy art form.
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Magic influences:

Jeff McBride
Eugene Berger
Criss Angel
Alain Nu
Just Alan

Horror influences:

Vincent Price
Clive Barker
Steven King
M night shyamalan
Gore Verbinsky (ring rocked!)
John Caprenter
Brandon Lee
Tobby Hooper
Wes Craven

other influences:

The Sisters of Mercy
The Misfits
Rob Zombie
Black sabboth

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