At 2:47 AM April 8th of 2013, Peter Reveen passed away peacefully at his Las Vegas residence. For several years Reveen has been battling from both diabetes and dementia.
"Peter James Reveen" most commonly referred to as "Reveen", "The Great Reveen", "The Man they call Reveen", or "Reveen The Impossiblist" was a husband, a father, an entertainer, a business man, an historian, a teacher, a hypnotherapist, a mesmerist, a mentalists, a diplomat, an ambassador, a scholar, a powerful entertainment manager in Las Vegas, and a trusted friend to hundreds of people all over the world.
He was unquestionably one the most extravagant illusionists in magic, and of course he was the most successful, the most respected, and the most famous “concert hypnotist recorded history”.
Born in Adelaide South Australia in 1935, his career in the entertainment industry began as a magician at the early age of 8 years old. By 1955 (at the age of 20) he became a full time entertainer by profession.
Although his fame as a hypnotist would quickly rise and continue to eclipse his achievements as an illusionist, his passion for the “art of magic” was a predominant force that influence and shape his career.
In Reveen’s words, “Magic has always been my biggest hobby, …my love and dedication towards the magical arts helped to fulfill my dreams as a child, and taught me how to be a great entertainer”.
By the time Reveen had made his way to the United States in the early 1960’s, he had already dedicated fifteen years of intense study to the science of hypnotism. He had also developed the ability to memorize one hundred different articles and then recall the articles numerically at high speed in front of his audiences.
As he combined his supernatural memory demonstrations with his unusual and advanced knowledge of hypnotism, all his other background experiences regarding theatre, showmanship and promotion created for him a unique chemistry, his audiences found his shows irresistible and his success began to sky rocket everywhere he performed. Due to his unique insights in the field of advance publicity, within days of him arriving to almost any city or town, he was performing in front of packed out crowds.
By the time Reveen was 38 years old (1973), physicians from one of the leading Medical Universities in the United States had made arrangements with the US Immigration Department (agent Gerald Fasbender) and Reveen was granted H1 Visas to allow him and his family to immigrate into the United States in exchange for teaching doctors throughout the medical community how to apply the science of superconscious psychology to their patients.
Since then, Reveen’s lectures, interviews and working relationship with doctors and medical institutions in different countries around the world is well known and his published writings on hypnotism made him a Best Selling Author for 16 weeks consecutively with his book in 1987 entitled “The Superconscious World”.
The controversial stigmas held by the general public (as well as sectors of the scientific community) associated with perceptions about “hypnotism” have radically changed specifically during recent decades, Reveen’s documented participation involving thousands of newspaper articles, and hundreds of television and radio interviews had a monumental affect in helping to evolve hypnotism out of the dark ages in the minds of the general public and medical industry.
Reveen’s practical experience as a professional hypnotist, a clinical hypnotherapist, his medical research work with leading doctors and medical institutions, his College and University visits lecturing to medical students internationally, combined with his extensive knowledge on the history of hypnosis, made Reveen one of the world’s foremost authorities in the field of superconscious psychology.
As a professional concert hypnotist, Reveen’s success throughout the twentieth century remains unequalled everywhere Reveen performed. No other concert hypnotist ever experienced a level of success on a similar scale.
Throughout his career Reveen performed approximately seven thousand live performances frequenting many parts of the world, Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, New Zealand, Hawaii, mainland United States, Canada, Bermuda, Scotland and England.
The majority of Reveen’s performances were performed in Canada where more than 60% of his shows occurred.
Included among the many accolades of Reveen are the following:
As a scholar and a historian, no other acclaimed concert hypnotist has published a more definitive or concise document detailing the history of hypnosis.
Since 1962, Reveen has sold more than 500,000 superconscious recordings of his voice on LP’s, cassettes and CD’s, He received his first Canadian Gold Record back in 1967 for his recording entitled Relax with Reveen.
Reveen sold out more consecutive shows than any other international entertainer to ever play Bermuda (180 sellout performances within 30 weeks of shows).
Reveen’s show was the longest running show to ever play Scotland’s largest theatre, the Edinburgh Playhouse for 8 weeks straight.
As a hypnotist, his track record statistics are legendary and unsurpassed in virtually every major venue, or major city where Reveen toured and returned to year after year. He established records breaking statistics pertaining to “the longest running show”, “the most consecutive sold out performances”, “top grossing sales”, or “top attendance records”.
The biggest theatre in western Canada is Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre (with a capacity of about 3000 seats) Reveen broke their all time biggest attendance record by performing to 60,000 people during one run in the early 1960’s.
The Orpheum Theatre was built in 1927, since then - to this date, no entertainer has ever come close to achieving that same level as his success.
As a result of that historical achievement, his name has been carved in granite and permanently place on a plaque beside the back stage door of the Orpheum Theatre.
Reveen was one of Canada’s only English speaking entertainer’s who learned to speak French to enable him to fluently perform any of his shows (exclusively or bilingually) for both of Canada’s predominant speaking audiences.
Reveen is one of the very few Canadian artists to be honored with two separate television biographies of his life story, broadcasted in both French and English.
Another extraordinary fact about Reveen, is that his success was primarily inspired by “word of mouth”.
From his first show as a hypnotist in 1955 to his last performance in 2008, he never allowed his performances to be televised, which is in contrast to today’s most successful performers such as magician’s or musical entertainers who establish their live performance audiences through television or radio. The accumulation of Reveen’s audience were always generated from people who inspired their family, friends and others to go see his show. This is almost unheard of in show business today, especially Reveen’s ability to return each year after year, decade after decade, and continue to maintain and build his popularity.
During the twentieth century Reveen single handedly played to more Canadian’s than any other theatrical artist coast to coast in Canadian history.
He is survived by his wife Coral, and 4 sons Wayne, Tyrone, Calvin and Pete Jr. The family of Reveen’s sons include Tyrone’s wife Lisa and their 3 children Alexander, Morea, and Taj, plus Calvin’s wife Cathy and their 2 children Carson and Cody, plus Pete Junior’s daughter Candace.
Funeral arrangement are still being determined.
The January 2013 issue of MAGIC Magazine is now out, available both in print and on the iPad. If you haven't already received your copy, here's a look at what's "between the covers."
But before you jump into the January issue, I want to mention that in my "From the Editor" column last month, I wrote about how impressed I was with Alan Shaxon [1933-2012], both onstage and off. In particular, I cited his Hydrostatic Glass routine, and how simple and effective it was. As the December issue was going to press, I was reminded that Alan gave us permission to print this routine as part of our March 2004 cover story on him. With the permission of the original publishers at Davenports, we have added the instructions, illustrations, and routine to MAGIC Plus for December. So, grab your December copy of the magazine, log into Plus, and learn what I consider to be possibly the best ending to a talking magic act I've ever seen.
Then jump to the January MAGIC Plus and see the complete collection of Danny Cole's Internet videos, including a behind-the-scenes reveal of his most recent installment — only available to MAGIC Magazine readers!
And that's just the beginning of another exciting year of MAGIC. Stan Allen
Stories in MAGIC this month:
COVER: Danny Cole — He Gets It!
By Tod Gerard
He started gaining attention as a teenage magician from Southern California, but today, Danny Cole performs all over the world. And he has turned his talents toward creating unique magic effects for Internet viewers. To date, he's released ten of these short videos — and we've got 'em all on MAGIC Plus. Danny has also given us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at his most recent head-scratcher!
An Evening with Harry
By Joe Givan & Carol Massie-Givan
Magic. Mayhem. Mystery. Murder? Maybe. Maybe not. One thing's for sure: somebody's dead, and the art of magic may have something to do with it.
The scene is the Trocadero Vaudevilles theater at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. has hired Harry Robenstein to perform his magic in a variety show, alongside a number of other acts. Things get hairy for Harry when another magician barges onstage and cuts the wire Harry uses to raise his Hindu Rope in the air. The interloper is the young Erik Weisz. He exposes Harry's method, claiming that he, Erik, will be the greatest magician in the world. Robenstein is enraged that this young man not only exposes his magic, but that Erik wants his spot in the show! And he gets it, replacing Harry with his own magic and escape act. What follows is an interesting and hilarious battle of two magicians trying to make it in the world of showbiz.
Alana: The Girl Just Wants to Have Fun
By Jaq Greenspon
It's a magician's nightmare. You're set to go onstage at FISM for your competition slot. Standing in the wings with your act loaded, you psych yourself up to go out there and wow the crowd. You see your name on the screen, you hear the microphone turn on, and you take a deep breath. This is it. And then the announcer says that there will be a half hour intermission, and before you can even register your shock and surprise, the house is half empty and you're left with thirty minutes in which to psych yourself back up again. That's exactly what happened to Alana Moehlmann, one of the German participants at last year's FISM in Blackpool, England. And yet, a half hour later, she took the stage and wowed the crowd.
Taking Another Look at Houdini's Movies
By Chris Philpott
Houdini's movies are a fascinating but neglected part of his legacy. The conventional wisdom about these movies is that the stories were just excuses for his escapes and that he was a very weak actor. Story-wise, why is it a problem that the films are excuses for escapes? We don't complain that action movies are just excuses for action scenes. The question is, are they a good excuse? A film like The Dark Knight is. Unfortunately, most of Houdini's movies are not. As for Houdini's acting, yes, it's awful in spots, but most of it is fairly good and there are moments of emotional honesty, power, and charisma that hint that maybe, if things had gone a little differently, Houdini might have become a real movie star.
I Hereby Resolve…
January is traditionally a time to look forward while at the same time looking back. This month, MAGIC Magazine does the same, with more than two dozen noted magicians — Kevin James, Eugene Burger, Cyril, Michael Weber, Topas, Mac King, John Bannon, Armando Lucero, Derek Hughes, and more — sharing their resolutions for 2013.
Magician Burned on TV Show
Wayne Houchin suffered first-degree burns on his scalp, face, and right arm while taping a television program in the Dominican Republic on Monday, November 26. The injuries came at the hands of the host of the show, who doused Houchin with a flaming liquid.
Criminal Kid Shows?
In February 2000, Robert E. Markwood was found guilty of the second-degree felony of indecency with a child, stemming from an incident with a boy in January 1999. He was released from prison last February, having served the full twelve-year sentence. Bob Markwood, now 67, showed up in the media recently, when the Inside Edition television show did a segment on registered sex offenders who are still working as children's entertainers.
I love it when people think outside the box and here's a great example of that.
The event is called The Real Magic Roadshow and we'd love to have you join us! You’ll have a chance to see and buy magic from some of the industries leading dealers including Mark Mason of JB Magic, Chris Smith of Magic Smith, Dirk Losander, and of course - my company, Elmwood Magic. Each of our first six cities will also feature at least one local dealer and registration is open now.
Here’s the best part - if you pre-register now, we pay YOU to attend! Here's how it works...
The cost to attend the Real Magic Roadshow is only $10. But if you pre-register NOW we’ll issue you a $20 Gift Card for use the day of the event! Spend an hour or spend the day, either way you risk nothing and you’re guaranteed a great time too. But act fast - registration for each city is limited and, with this great deal, space will fill up fast.
Visit The Real Magic Roadshow website for full details on locations and registration.
From the New York Post:
David Blaine astounded Bill Clinton with card tricks at Sting and Trudie Styler’s Upper West Side penthouse at a fund-raiser for the Clinton Global Initiative. We’re told Blaine even pulled a folded card out of his watch, to the ex-president’s amazement.
This is one of our most requested from the lost files of the MagicNewswire Spirit of Magic Podcast. My conversation with the amazing Jon Racherbaumer was recorded in August of 2009. Unfortunately, with the unexpected transition from Mevio this conversation was reduced from almost two hours to less than 20 minutes. Fortunately, I was able to recover the original files. That means that this is a totally remastered and ad free edition of this interview.
If you don't know the name of Jon Racherbaumer, you should either walk away from magic or take some time to explore his influence on our art form. Jon is one of those guys that managed to connect to some of the greatests names in the modern history of magic including Ed Marlo, Eddie Fields, Orson Welles, and Senator Crandall. Given the controversies surrounding Blackpool & FISM 2010, it is also interesting to note that he was at one time blackballed by both the IBM & the SAM. Please join us for Part One of our interview with Jon Racherbaumer and learn more about lesbian bowlers, the "Magic Mafia" and how a good magician becomes controversial.
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Several non-magic sites like Gawker have recently taken note of Yann Frisch's being named "Champion du Monde" at the 2012 Beijing International Magic Convention with his latest itteration of "Baltass", his absurdist take on the cups and balls with tomatoes. With almost 1.2 million views on YouTube as I write this, you may already have seen this clip but it is well worth watching one more time to learm more about how a magician can truly do it "right!" Congrats again Yann!