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Jonathan Pendragon (b. 1953) was part of the award-winning husband-and-wife team The Pendragons for many years. They have since disbanded with both appearing now as solo acts.
Jonathan grew up performing as a gymnast, spring board diver, martial artist, and fencer. Then began his career performing escapes, mentallism and close-up card tricks. While studying theatre at the University of California, Irvine, he met his future magic partner, Charlotte Ann Brown (later to become Charlotte Pendragon) who was studying dance. They were soon married and became known as The Pendragons. The Pendragons appeared on television in more than 50 countries and starred in 14 prime time specials on US networks, including their own Night of Magic show for Disney, several World's Greatest Magic shows for NBC, and Champions of Magic for ABC.
During a accident at his home in 2006, an arrows pierced his liver, his stomach, and his heart. Through speed of hospitalization and modern surgical techniques, Jonathan lived to continue performing.
In 2009 Jonathan was arrested for allegedly firing a bullet into the floor of his home during a dispute with Charlotte. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, spousal abuse, terrorist threats and firing a weapon in an inhabited dwelling. He would plead no contest to two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon as part of a plea bargain in which the other charges were dropped.
Jonathan continues to perform around the world and premiered his one-man show Metaphysics, an amalgam of mentalism and magic, at the Peller Theater in the Magic Castle in 2010.
He married West McDonough in 2012, a member of the Glover family who own the Magic Castle land and building.
Directing and production
Jonathan Pendragon was involved at a production and direction level in many of the shows in which The Pendragons appeared and was jointly responsible with conductor Erich Kunzel for creating their innovative show with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
Alongside director Norman Jewison, Jonathan co-directed a segment for the movie Bogus starring Whoopi Goldberg. He created and directed a levitation similar to the Pendragons' Midsummer's Night Dream levitation performed for Disney in Europe. He also directed second unit work for the movie Continental Divide.
Awards and honors
- Honored by the Lab School in Washington D.C., where each year it honors five distinguished individuals who have overcome a learning disability while growing up and gone on to accomplish great achievements in their fields.
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