Hi, this is my new website. It’s under construction, but will be continually updated.
Nice note from Ron Bauer: Hey, Pete…
I’m really looking forward to reading the always interesting and revealing info you have in your work. You always have a clever twist on things. BTW your handling of the “Little Hand” looked great on the video.
All the best… RB
Pete Biro – A little of my resume:
I was born and raised in Oakland, California, in the year 1933, where the magic bug bit him early on.
I was working as a sign painter on weekends while going to High School.
My boss, in the sign business, was a guy from Minnesota named Bill Anderson. He was a great boss, and a terrific close-up magician. He would fool me badly with his magic.
I had to get even, so I looked in the Yellow Pages and found there was a magic dealer very near my home. It was Magic Ltd., Lloyd Jones’s company. Jones primarily dealt in books, so I bought a few. The first one was Learn Magic, by Henry Hay. It was, and still is, one of the greatest books ever for someone starting out in magic. My copy was published in 1949. Another major acquisition was one of the most practical books ever for a platform or stage performer, and one my first acts came from, Marvels of Mystery by John Booth. The basic material in Booth’s tome was the foundation of the act I won the Grand Prix at the PCAM Convention, at Olympia, Washington in 1965.
When I reached the age of 18 the Korean War was going strong and I was part of the first 18-year-olds ever drafted into the U.S. Army.
During training, to keep from going crazy I started to perform at the Officer’s Clubs and got to be well known among the “brass” at Camp Roberts, in central California.
Funny, one day our First Sergeant said, “I hear you’re a magician. Fool me.” So I did the paper balls over the head and really fried him to the delight of the troops in our company.
I don’t think he like being fooled, as the next day I was assigned KP duty and spent a few days pealing potatoes.
One day the Company Commander called me into his office and told me he couldn’t be specific but anyone that goes to the dentist tomorrow is not going to Korea. Being pretty naïve at the time I wasn’t sure why he was telling me.
The next morning out sergeant calls out my name and one other guy’s. He said, “Get over to the dentist’s office.” “Yippee!” I shouted. The other guy said, “What are you so happy about going to the dentist?” I told him and he too shouted “Yippee!”
So, I figure magic literally saved my life.
Doing hundreds of shows in Europe was a great training ground.
I wound up making the finals for the All Army Talent Show, but screwed up in the final show (had a juggling bit in the show, the lights blinded me and I dropped the balls and never recovered.). The winner got to go perform on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Similar to another time when I got home from a week long assignment in New York, checked my answering machine and there was a call asking me to come over to NBC to be on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The call was three days old and when I called back the told me they called the Magic Castle and the guy the sent over was terrible and Carson said he didn’t want to see another magician for a year.
Well, I probably would have been so nervous I would have screwed up.
During my performing days, I worked a lot of conventions, won first prize, adult at the SAM Convention in Boston, lectured all over from Japan to France and places in-between, did private parties, hospitality rooms, corporate gigs, trade shows and comedy clubs.
It was at the clubs I got to work alongside great acts like Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, and become friends with them.
Although I was heavy into magic and performing, it wasn’t an area that, at the time, I thought I could make a good living at.
My real world career was related to my first experiences as a sign painter. After discharge from the Army I moved into the advertising art field and began to design packages for Del Monte foods, worked on annual reports and billboard art, specializing in the lettering. At the same time my hobby, other than magic, was photography and I specialized in auto racing. I wound up getting published in most of the major car magazines, as well as Time and Sports Illustrated, covering primarily auto racing plus baseball and football.
For eleven years I was in charge of booking and producing all the shows for the IBM Conventions, working with Bill Wells, Jim Nagel, Bill Spooner and other members of the convention committees over the years.
When Joe Stevens brought the Desert Seminar to Las Vegas he asked me to join as a member of the board, where I was primarily working on creative ideas and talent selections. Last year, at IMX I was happy with the reception of my lecture and the sales of my book “The Real Secrets of the Chinese Linking Rings.”
Books will be on sale via paypal, one click ordering will be added to this site soon.
First a big “Thank You” to Scott Jenkins, who is doing most of the work and “trying” to teach me how to add comments and videos. Any errors are my fault. ;o)
On the “Tricks for Sale” page, these are available by sending funds to me via Paypal, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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