Cover of Genii (1972)
|Born||Ronald Murray Wilson|
October 1, 1926
|Died||December 17, 2010 (age 84) |
Los Angeles, California
Ron Wilson (1926-2010) was a professional magician for over forty years.
Wilson's interest in magic was strengthened after watching Dante when he came to Dundee to perform. By the age of nine, he had given his first show at a hotel in Ireland during a family vacation trip.
At nineteen, after army service, he joined the Dundee Magic Circle where he became a close friend of Harry Carnegie and Johnny Geddis. Wilson played small towns one night stands and tried working in his father's business but finally decided to seek his fortune in Canada around 1952. He went to Windsor, Ontario, across a river from the Detroit where he became acquainted with Karrell Fox and Milt Kort. Wilson did a CBC-TV shot in Toronto and played club dates in the surrounding area of Detroit and Toledo.
He left the cold Canadian winters to move to sunnier California where The Magic Castle became a cornerstone of his career. This led him into performing at celebrity parties in Beverly Hills homes. He also started working cruise ships.
He estimates that he has played roles or done inserts, in television shows including "Fantasy Island", "Rhoda" and "Ironside." Sometimes he would be a technical consultant or do the hands for actors as a gambler dealing poker hands and executing false cuts and push-throughs.
- The Uncanny Scot: Ron Wilson by Richard Kaufman (1987)
- Tales From The Uncanny Scot by Ron Wilson and Steve Mitchell (2010)
- ↑ The Linking Ring, Vol. 63, No. 12, December 1983, Memoirs Of A Magician's Ghost - The Autobiography of John Booth, CHAPTER 181: THE UNCANNY SCOT, page 46
- ↑ Genii Forum:Ron Wilson Has Died
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 36, No. 6, August 1956, Ron Wilson by Paul Desjardins, page 55
- Genii Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 7, July 1972, OUR COVER, Ron Wilson “The Uncanny Scot” by WWL (Jr.), page 311
- Genii Magazine, Vol. 74, No. 2, February 2011, In Memoriam, RON WILSON October 1, 1926 – December 17, 2010, by Paul Wilson page 15
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 91, No. 2, February 2011, Broken Wands, Ronald M. Wilson, page 114