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Billy McComb

Blue Collar Rat


Most contemporary successful comedy magicians will gladly admit that they have been highly influenced by Billy McComb, some even crediting their careers to him. And no wonder: every detail of his act was worked out and refined, fuelled by his enthusiasm for magic and hyperactive creativity. Billy began his performance career in Britain where he had 9 shows of his own and appeared in over 40 films. The pinnacle of his British career was a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth at The London Palladium. In the States, he appeared on such TV shows as The Tom Snyder Show, Matlock, Adam 12 and the Disney TV movie, The Young Harry Houdini. Billy also appeared in the movie Lord of Illusions with Clive Barker. His awards included two from the Academy of Magical Arts, and an election to the S.A.M.'s Hall of Fame. He was Vice-President of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and in 1999, Magic magazine selected him as one of the 100 most influential magicians in the 20th Century. And most recently, Billy opened in Las Vegas for The Amazing Jonathan, and appeared in The Lance Burton Show at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino.

Billy was born in Ireland on 12th April 1922
Died in Hollywood, USA on 30 April 2006

Joined the Grand Order of Water Rats on 20th September 1964
Proposed by Ted Ray
Seconded by Derek Roy
Register No. 613
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