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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 01:45 PM

I contacted the folks producing the Ed Sullivan DVD's and suggested they produce one of all the magic acts through the years. I received the following response:

"In fact, "Ed Sullivan's Greatest Novelty
Acts" and "Ed Sullivan's Amazing Stars of Magic" are two specials that are currently in production. As of yet, there is no release date for either title."


Definitely something to look forward to!!!

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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 01:49 PM

Apart from Fred Kaps, who were some of the other magicians that appeared on the Sullivan show??

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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 10/23/06 02:01 PM

Jay Marshall, Rene Lavand, and Chan Canasta, are a few.

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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 02:05 PM

a few more were Billy Bishop, Pavel, Fantasio, John Moehring ...
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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 03:25 PM

Channing Pollack ?
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Postby Dave Shepherd » 10/23/06 03:42 PM

Al Flosso, I believe. Carl Ballantine?
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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 03:49 PM

Don Alan. There's a clip of Fred Kaps doing the Homing Card on Sullivan on youtube.
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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 04:01 PM

Marvyn and Carol Roy.

Phoa Yan Tiong.

Was it Jim Sommers that first performed Zig-Zag on Sullivan back in the late 60s?
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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 07:06 PM

Carl Ballantine, definitely. I have a video of his Sullivan appearance. There is also Richiardi doing his razor blades and thread routine and he appeared a second time, but I can't recall which routine he did. Another magician I have on tape is "The Great Carrazini."
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Postby Pete Biro » 10/23/06 09:49 PM

Pavel. Karrell Fox. Galli Galli. Dominique. Richirdi. (I almost made it... I made the finals in a competition for the All Army Talent show, winner getting a spot on the Sullivan show!
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Postby Guest » 10/23/06 10:34 PM

Al Koran was also on Sullivan. Pretty sure Peter Pit was as well...
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Postby Guest » 10/24/06 08:00 AM

Last year one of our Tampa area public stations was broadcasting the "Best of the Ed Sullivan" shows on Saturday night. I "tivo'd" them and reviewed each for magicians.

I have clips of Al Koran, Fantasio, Rene Levand, Tommy Cooper and, although not magic, Senor Wences and Joy Kay.

I was certain I had a Jay Marshall clip, but it's not where it's supposed to be and I have to search 11 hard drives to find it.

I'll be happy when the Sullivan magic DVD's are issued.

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Postby Guest » 10/24/06 07:22 PM

Flosso was on several times. A clip of one appearance can be seen on YouTube.

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Postby Harry Lorayne » 10/24/06 09:10 PM

And me, but I didn't do magic. HARRY LORAYNE.
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Postby Guest » 10/24/06 10:21 PM

I recall a couple of elegant performances by J.W.(Mac)McDonald,a man who,like Rene Lavand,had one hand.
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Postby Brad Henderson » 10/24/06 10:47 PM

I would love to see Baron Lavelle (Larry Jones) do his famous cigarette, card, goldfish manipulation act. He was on the Sullivan show.
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Postby Matthew Field » 10/25/06 02:36 AM

I'm pretty sure I saw Milo and Roger on the Sullivan Show.

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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 07:35 AM

M-U-M Editor, John Moehring.
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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 12:40 PM

That's spectacular news.

Now if only Carson's company would do the same...

--Josh
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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 02:02 PM

When the Ed Sullivan show started it was called "Toast Of The Town" and the producer was Marlo Lewis and the agent that booked magicians and novelty acts was Mark Leddy.

Billy Bishop (My Dad) was on the first year anniversary program of Toast of the Town before the show name was changed to the "Ed Sullivan Show."

Back then they had an hours time to fill so a lot of the acts during the first year appeared twice on the same program. My Dad did the rope tie with Ed and Boxer Jake Lamotta "Raging Bull."

The second spot on the same show my dad pitched to Marlo Lewis and the other people that produced the show an idea that they could and did use to close the show with. My Dad appeared as a magic baker and mixed up a cake (In a Dove Pan) and produced an anniversary cake for Ed on the first anniversary program.

The camera went in for a close up of the cake and then cut to another larger cake that looked the same. Out of the large cake sprang the Rocketts from Radio City Music Hall.

Back quite a few years ago my parents were contacted by Sofa productions and they wanted to use the footage for the show when it came out a few years ago. When the programs were re-broadcasted in syndication.

Just as a note. After the meeting with Marlo Lewis and his staff at CBS and they liked the cake idea my Dad got into a taxi and went to Tannens magic shop and purchased a dove pan. The man behind the counter who sold him the dove pan was a very young Frank Garcia.

I just got the information by e-mail about Jake Lamotta the "Raging Bull" from my brother and my Mom who live out west who remembered the boxer's name who helped my Dad with the rope tie on the "Toast Of The Town."
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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 04:00 PM

Originally posted by Adrian Kuiper:
I contacted the folks producing the Ed Sullivan DVD's and suggested they produce one of all the magic acts through the years. I received the following response:

"In fact, "Ed Sullivan's Greatest Novelty
Acts" and "Ed Sullivan's Amazing Stars of Magic" are two specials that are currently in production. As of yet, there is no release date for either title."


Definitely something to look forward to!!!

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Awesome news! I think I'd be as interested to see the novelty acts (such as plate spinners for whom Ed Sullivan seemed to be famous).

Originally posted by Josh Mandel:
That's spectacular news.

Now if only Carson's company would do the same...

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Well, we'll just have to make sure that the Ed Sullivan projects is successful enough to make the Carson people consider the idea, won't we?
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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 04:03 PM

Here are some Ed Sullivan/Toast of the Town magic guests.

Jul 30, 1950; Ade Duval
1951-07-08 Del Raye
May 24, 1953; Kajar
Nov 22, 1953; Viggo Jahn
Jan 1 1956 Kodell
Sep 2, 1956; Carl Ballantine
Sept 1 1957 Riciardi
May 31 1959 Peter Pit
Mar 27 1960 Richiardi
May 22 1960 Don Alan
Apr 30 1961 Carl Ballantine
1961-05-20 Mac Ronay
Jul 9 1961 Gali Gali
Oct 8 1961 Bob Lewis
Mar 18 1962 Johnny Hart
Aug 16 1964 Mac Ronay (Canada mkt)
Jan 10 1965 Shari Lewis
Sep 12, 1965; Fantasio (The Beatles were on this show)

Feb 25, 1968; Dominique
Mar 24, 1968; Dominique
Apr 21, 1968; Pavel
June 2 1968 Norm Neilson
May 11, 1969; Phoa
Jul 6 1969 Al Korna
Sept 7 1969 Phoa
Oct 5 1969 Fantasio
June 7 1970 Tel Smit
Nov 29 1970 Albert Lucas
May 23 1971 Albert Lucas (repeat)
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Postby Pete Biro » 10/25/06 04:06 PM

Mac Ronay was one of my favorite acts... however, when I booked him to come over from France to do a show for our IBM Conventions... he didn't come, he send Mac Ronay Jr. NOT THE SAME... ARGH... :whack:
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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 04:16 PM

The effect I remember Richardi doing in the

Sullivan Show was a levitation of a small boy

in a toy car next to a gas pump.There used to be

a site that listed all the contents of all the

shows but I can't find it now.Seem like there

were a lot more magicians on Sullivan that you

guys are nameing.....Mike
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Postby Guest » 10/25/06 04:21 PM

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
Mac Ronay was one of my favorite acts... however, when I booked him to come over from France to do a show for our IBM Conventions... he didn't come, he send Mac Ronay Jr. NOT THE SAME... ARGH... :whack:
Was Ronay the fellow that did a "cod" magic act? I remember bits he did on Sullivan such as blowing out a match in the direction of a flashlight held in the other hand, and he would turn on the flashlight as the match flame went out. He also put a silk into a little box, and he would repeatedly throughout the act make magic passes over the box, peer inside intently, and then just set the box back down again to try later, as evidently nothing had happened.

Very funny act...
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Postby Pete Biro » 10/26/06 10:12 AM

Yes :cool:
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Postby Guest » 10/26/06 11:22 AM

If you go to your DVD store, they sell a DVD set of The four complete Ed Sullivan Shows featuring the Beatles.
On the first disk is Fred Kaps and on the fourth disk is Fantasio.

The odd fact about the Kaps appearance on the first beatle show was that Kaps wasn't there live, his performance of the homing card and salt trick was a previously taped segment.
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Postby Ryan Matney » 10/26/06 05:04 PM

Was Keith Clark or Harlan Tarbell ever on Sullivan? Always been curious to see either of them work.
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Postby Guest » 10/26/06 06:41 PM

Kalanag did the show at least twice as I recall. Marvyn and Carol Roy did were on something like a dozen times over the years.

It is my understanding that Cardini did not do the show because they wouldn't pay him enough money. Immortality lost...
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Postby Guest » 10/28/06 10:19 PM

I recall a magician, The Great Franken, or something close to this name being on the show; I was impressed as a kid that this guy came out and vanished a radio-- if I recall correctly, the radio was blarring out music and, like the vanishing bird cage, poof! The radio vanished!

I am 99% sure it was the Sullivan show...

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Postby Guest » 10/29/06 12:33 AM

Originally posted by Ken Simmons:
I recall a magician, The Great Franken, or something close to this name being on the show; I was impressed as a kid that this guy came out and vanished a radio-- if I recall correctly, the radio was blarring out music and, like the vanishing bird cage, poof! The radio vanished!

I am 99% sure it was the Sullivan show...

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This sounds like Frakson's presentation...
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Postby Guest » 10/29/06 05:16 PM

Roy Benson appeared in 1949 and 1954.

Also, I believe "The Marvellos" made an appearance in 1949.


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Postby Guest » 10/30/06 04:25 PM

I can remember that Blackstione Sr. was on the show.
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Postby genemccarthy » 07/27/08 07:52 PM

Mark Leddy, the talent coordinator for the Ed Sullivan, booked Marvyn and Carol on the Ed Sullivan Show 24 times. Including the Russian show. This had many amusing stories relatng to it. Some, I believe, are in Marvyn's wonderful book.
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Postby mai-ling » 07/27/08 10:32 PM

Mark Leddy did a lot of talent booking for a lot of shows.
Including 'Wonderama"
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Postby Pete Biro » 07/27/08 10:47 PM

That was probably FRAKSON doing the vanishing radio and cage. Leddy was also Jay Marshall's agent and booked him many many times on the Sullivan Show.

One year for the IBM Convention I produced a show of all perfomers that had done the Sullivan show.

Marvyn and Carol, John Moehring, Jay Marshall, Fantasio, Karrell Fox and the non-magician, who got two standing ovations on that show, one of my favorite all time comedy music acts ROGER RAY.

There may have been a couple of others on that show and boy do I wish we had had someone tape it....
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Postby Dave Andrews » 07/28/08 08:29 PM

Did the 'specialised' dvd's ever appear? They would make for some great viewing and be a brilliant historical record.

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Postby Barbara Balducci » 09/24/08 03:24 PM

[size:14pt] [/size] I'm pretty sure that [color:#FF0000]Kuda Bux[/color] was on the show a few times, too.
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Postby Adrian Kuiper » 09/25/08 10:54 AM

I had inquired of the company a couple years ago about a "specialized" set of Magician performances and was told that it was being considered....as well as "other" compilations. It has not yet been produced and frankly, I'm doubtful that it ever will.

I recently bought two sets on Amazon: Best of Ed Sullivan and Very Best of Ed Sullivan. Each set was 4 DVD's. I reviewed the contents before buying and I was "somewhat convinced" there was no duplication. There was.
Each set contains "The Greatest Entertainers" and "Unforgettable Performances".
The "Best Of" set also includes "Best of Broadway Musicals" and "Ed's Amazing Animal Acts".
The "Very Best of" set includes the 2 DVD Beatles show set.
The ONLY Magic is included on the Beatles set: Fred Kaps and Fantasio. That's it.

The best part of that purchase was that while each set listed at about $40.00, I paid 24.00 for BOTH sets, including postage.

I guess that should have been my first clue. I'm glad I bought them tho'....they satisfy my need to see 5 or 6 different plate-spinner acts!!!

And I actually enjoy seeing Richard Burton and Julie Andrews in their "Camelot" performance. (I saw the show on Broadway and had an orchestra seat, on the aisle, for $6.50!!!

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Postby Mike Remington » 09/25/08 12:21 PM

Anonymous wrote:Now if only Carson's company would do the same...

Has anyone ever talked to Dick Cavett about releasing DVD's of his magic guests. I saw someone ask him about that on his NY Times blog, but did not see an answer. As a former magician, would he be more open than Carson's company on this? I would love to see the Slydini episodes.
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