Bev Bergeron is one of the most creative minds in the world of magic.
He rose from fame as Rebo the Clown on the CBS-TV show "Mark Wilson's Land of Allakazam" and has since played nearly every kind of venue from the top state fairs to trade shows to a 16-year run at Walt Disney'sTM Diamond Horseshow Review at Walt Disney WorldTM in Florida.
Las Vegas, Atlantic City, network TV for ABC, CBS and NBC are only a few of the other places Bergeron has performed. He recently returned from a tour of Australia and New Zealand, and has been elected President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and honored by the Magic Collector's Association.
Bev received the Lifetime Achievement Fellowship Award given by the Academy of Magic Arts and Sciences in Hollywood, California.
Sponsored by the Magic Castle, the prestigious club for magicians, the award went to Bergeron for his long and continuing service to magic.
Steve Allen, Harry Anderson and guest magicians from around the world were in attendance at the awards banquet. Mark Wilson made the award presentation.
A magical inventor as well as performer, Bergeron concocted and oversaw many of the illusions on the Allakazam show, a thing not generally understood by outsiders, who think of him mainly as a funny man clown.
WHAT MAKES A "LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT?"
- Started performing professionally at age 14
- Toured with the world famous Willard the Wizard
- Toured with Dr. Silkini's Spook Shows
- Toured with his own spook and illusion show at age 18
- Performed in numerous student campus shows at the University of Texas with fellow students: Fess Parker, L.Q. Jones, Jane Mansfield, Rip Torn, Bill Bates, Jones & Schmidt (authors of The Fantasticks)
- Hundreds of shows while in the Air Force and runner-up in the 1954 World Wide Talent contest.
- With Mark Wilson, produced network TV shows and hundreds of trade shows
- With Mark Wilson, appeared in hundreds of state and regional fairs
- Appearances on TV and stage with Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Andy Williams, Joey Bishop, Steve Allen, Don Johnson, Julius LaRosa, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Roy and Dale Rogers, Perry Como, Art Linkletter, Jerry VanDyke, etc.
- 16 years appearing as comic lead in Disney's Diamond Horseshoe Review
- Thousands of convention shows
- Appeared in shows in Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City, and Radio City Music Hall
- Three tours of the Far East (Vietnam) for the Hollywood U.S.O.
- Author of Willard the Wizard book used by the Smithsonian Institute for research of their tribute to American Tent Theater
- Willard book selected by John Fisher as one of the 12 all time books written on the subject of magic
- Hundreds of TV shows and commercials, stage shows and theme park shows and events
- Inventor of hundreds of magic effects used by most magicians of the world
- Developed the method of making an animal from one balloon
- Elected to S.A.M. Hall of Fame, Los Angeles, 1992
- Elected as President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 1996
- In 4th year at Sea World of Florida doing 5 shows a day