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RayJ

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Carl Ballantine was one of the pioneers of 'Comedy Magic'.  The mixture of comedy and magic varies by performer.  Some do "traditional" tricks that work, but they do it in a funny way.  Others never seem to be able to complete an effect successfully.  The latter was Carl Ballantine.  One of his most recognizable trademarks was the "roll-down" banner on the front of his table that said 'Ballantine The World's Greatest Magician' with 'Magician' in very small font. or later, 'Ballantine The World's Greatest Magishen'.

Here is an example of his iconic style.  Here he is introduced by Peter Graves:



In addition to magic, Ballantine was a professional actor with tons of credits and he did quite a bit of voice-over work as well.  Chances are you've seen him or heard his voice and didn't know he was a magician.

Here's more on Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Ballantine


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I thought I recalled 2 things about him, but only one was true.

One of my favorite bits he did was a very lovely floating ball and actually impressed the audience. When he got to the end, he pulled out a pair of scissors and cut the thread and the ball dropped like a rock. He looked at the audience and said "How else?". There's a lesson there.

I thought I recalled that Ruth Buzzi worked as his assistant, "Shakundala the Silent". I had him confused with Dom DeLuise and his bumbling magician character, "Dominic the Great". That was a totally different type of magician / buffoon.

Thanks for posting this, Ray.

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I'm sure you noticed he does the "how else" gag with the top of the basket at the beginning of the routine.  Ballantine surely isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I think he is funny.
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You know you've "made it" when someone makes a puppet in your image!

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Pat Morita in Shakiest Gun in the West.


With Pat Morita and Don Knotts in "The Shakiest Gun in the West".
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