Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Steve Bryant » January 15th, 2006, 10:00 pm

Jimmy Stewart had a pretty good acting career. Currently: Steve Valentine.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Guest » January 16th, 2006, 9:22 am

Originally posted by Anabelle:
I find it interesting that no one mentioned has an acting career.

But I suppose that requires you to have a day job as well.

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Neil Patrick Harris, Vincent D'Onifrio, Woody Allen, Orson Welles and many others, not only acted, but were into magic. And let's not forget Johnny Carson.
I'm sure if you questioned many actors you'll find a bunch that dabbled with magic when they were younger.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Leonard Hevia » January 25th, 2006, 10:02 am

Gary Plants is a Secondary Education science teacher--I believe. How about the other Texan, Roger Klause? :rolleyes:

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Guest » January 25th, 2006, 3:37 pm

Correction. Eugene Burger once ATE a priest while dining out with a Social Worker.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Brad Jeffers » January 25th, 2006, 9:27 pm

Originally posted by Nick Maggio:
How about a list of performers who are/were, first, last and always a professional magician?
This would surely be a much shorter list to compile!

I envy anyone who is able to make a living solely through the performance of magic. Especially those who manage to do so through the performance of close-up magic.

Mike Skinner for instance.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Guest » January 26th, 2006, 8:44 am

Originally posted by Anabelle:
I find it interesting that no one mentioned has an acting career.

But I suppose that requires you to have a day job as well.

Anabelle
Max Howard is an Actor

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Bob Baker » January 26th, 2006, 5:37 pm

Sam Schwartz--attorney
Marc Salem--college professor
Imam--structural engineer

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Tom Smith » January 28th, 2006, 10:37 pm

Something makes me think Gene Anderson was a chemist. Wasn't Steve Dusheck a chemist, too?

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Tim Ellis » February 1st, 2006, 8:38 pm

Some Aussies for you:


Barry Govan - Teacher (retired, now full time magic)
Ian Baxter - Piano Tuner
Andrew Wimhurst - Diplomat
Steve Walker - Air Conditioning Industry
Sue-Anne Webster - Copyright OfficerBoard of Studies (now full time magic)

Tim Ellis, Raymond Crowe - Magicians


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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Pete Biro » February 1st, 2006, 11:02 pm

Anderson worked for Dow Chemical.

Bill Wells, past President of IBM and Director of WMS was a chemist working for the U.S. Govt. EPA office.
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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Bill Wells » February 2nd, 2006, 8:22 am

Pete said ...

"Bill Wells, past President of IBM and Director of WMS was a chemist working for the U.S. Govt. EPA office."

Pete - thanks for the mention, but while my degrees were in biology, I was actually in management positions during most of my tenture at the E.P.A. working with regulation of pesticides and toxic substances. I wouldn't call myself the "Director" of the WMS. I am just a member of the Board of Directors as are you. Besides I don't sign the checks ... Rich Bloch and Bob Rossi do that! :)
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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Guest » February 7th, 2006, 10:04 am

Orson Welles - film director and actor
Val Andrews - scriptwriter
Gazzo - Plumber
David Britland - Television producer and researcher
Fred Robinson - Railway Signal Operator
Basil Horwitz - Financial Consultant
Bobby Bernard - Clerical Worker
Graham Jolley - Bank Clerk
Jerry Sadowitz - Magic store assistant

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Pete Biro » February 7th, 2006, 10:19 am

John Salisse, former President of the Magic Circle, was a director of Marks and Spencer.

He did a great cod vent act too.
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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Fredrick » February 7th, 2006, 12:51 pm

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
John Salisse, former President of the Magic Circle, was a director of Marks and Spencer.

He did a great cod vent act too.
Cod? Smells fishy to me. ;)
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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » February 7th, 2006, 1:00 pm

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
He did a great cod vent act too.
As in -fish? Or as in -piece? :rolleyes:

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Pete Biro » February 7th, 2006, 1:52 pm

In the U.K. "Cod" is a satirical act, or comedic, I forget the exact meaning. :D :eek: :D
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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Daniel » February 8th, 2006, 1:09 am

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
In the U.K. "Cod" is a satirical act, or comedic, I forget the exact meaning. :D :eek: :D
That's right, "cod" would be a parody, but it's not a widely-used term.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Tom Ladshaw » February 8th, 2006, 10:18 am

Re: John Salisse...

Originally posted by Pete Biro:
He did a great cod vent act too.
Robert Lamouret didn't think so.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Anthony Brahams » February 8th, 2006, 10:48 am

I did hear that John Salisse had bought rights from Lamouret but I did not have that info. substantiated.
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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Tom Ladshaw » February 8th, 2006, 1:19 pm

I've never heard of JS purchasing the rights to Lamouret's act. I seem to recall reading in an issue of M-U-M (with JS on the cover) that he and a schoolchum "developed" the act together while in their teens. Hmmmm. I'm betting one or both of them saw "European Nights", too...which no doubt "aided" in the development of the act.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Ray Haddad » February 16th, 2006, 2:01 pm

Originally posted by Anabelle:
I find it interesting that no one mentioned has an acting career.

But I suppose that requires you to have a day job as well.
Cary Grant
Steve Martin
Richard Deacon
Rose Marie

All of the above have performed sleight of hand in my presence at least once.

Ricky Jay has also acted on television's X-Files.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby John LeBlanc » February 16th, 2006, 2:18 pm

Originally posted by Ray Haddad:
Ricky Jay has also acted on television's X-Files.
He has a few other credits worth noting, too:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0419633/


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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Guest » February 16th, 2006, 9:31 pm

Ray Haddad quite corretly added Cary Grant to the list. He did not, however, note that Grant was billed as The Great Carini.

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Re: Day Jobs of Famous Amateurs and Semi-Pros?

Postby Bill Palmer » February 20th, 2006, 10:12 pm

John Cornelius was an air conditioning technician.

Johnny Thompson was a harmonica player. He has also acted in a movie -- the infamous Lunch Wagon.

Bobby Bernard has done a lot of serious theatre in London.
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